In this video essay, Evan Puschak aka The Nerdwriter explains some of the techniques Ansel Adams used to achieve his technical and esthetic mastery. Using visualization and some other relatively easy to learn techniques, Adams learned to bring what he saw in his mind's eye to his photographs (yes, I said "easy to learn," but hard to master). It was Adams' commitment to taking photographs, with intent, that made him a master artist and led him to develop the tools he needed to bring his images to fruition.
Adams fought hard for the acceptance of photography as an art but in a time when there are more pictures posted in six months than there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy it is easy to forget to stop and actually think about what makes a good photograph. Puschak's video may inspire you to be more mindful of photographs and what it is to take a good one.
Perhaps music is the most express of the arts. However, as a photographer I believe that creative photography when practiced in terms of its inherent qualities may also reveal endless horizons of meaning.
— Ansel Adams