This Technique of Composition Will Elevate You Above Everyone Else
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What sets professional level photography above all other photography?
Sure, there must be technical proficiency. However, there is an even more important skill that is less talked about.
This skill is called “Previsualization”.
What exactly is previsualization?
Previsualization can take two forms.
The first form is when a photographic idea is developed, and then the professional level photographer sets out to create it and make it happen. This is what professional commercial and advertising photographers do on a daily basis.
The second form occurs when a photographer comes upon a scene that interests them, or they have taken on an assignment to shoot, and then they go about creating the final image in their head before they ever bring the camera to their eye. This is how professional photojournalists and wedding photographers operate.
It’s the second form that you would want to work on first. It’s the skill that you will most likely use in your photography.
Why is previsualization important?
It takes the guesswork out of your shooting efforts. You won’t be guessing if you got a good shot. You’ll know that you got a good shot!
I love to show this photograph when discussing previsualization in the 2nd form.
This photographer was tasked with creating an image of a mechanic working on a jet airplane.
The photographer “pre-visualized” a scene that created mood, story, design, and also completed his task.
Think about that… This could have been a very boring shot!