Practicing Patience and Focusing on the Image

When it costs nothing extra to mash down on the shutter button of a digital camera, it can be easy to fall into the trap of shooting anything and everything, sometimes at the expense of really honing our eyes and finding truly special compositions. This great video follows a photographer as he deliberately and methodically finds an image that was worth waiting for. 

Coming to you from Steve O'Nions, this great video follows him as he takes a morning stroll through the woods with his camera. Despite the gorgeous light and stunning views, he remains quite selective in pulling his camera out, even enforcing this by shooting medium format film. He chooses to be impressively deliberate and methodical, carefully seeking out and thinking through the light and composition of each scene and resulting image. I really appreciate this approach, as it's easy to just grab your camera, head out, and fire indiscriminately at anything that remotely resembles something photographically worthwhile, and I have certainly been guilty of this on plenty of occasions. But by and large, I find that my most compelling work has come to fruition when I've taken my time to get to know a place and carefully analyze it for the best light and composition available, even if that sometimes means waiting for them to show. Check out the video above for more. 

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EL PIC's picture

Digital has made me lazy

Great to see one of Steve O'Nions videos here.