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Here is something that you may, or may not, think about in your photography.
I think about it constantly, when I’m creating photographs, and there is a valid reason why.
For thirty years, I was a professional commercial photographer.
It was different being a commercial photographer, (from what most of you will likely experience), because I was often given a concept from an art director, and while that concept was open to interpretation, the resulting photograph had to successfully meet the objective of the art director’s original idea.
So, going back to my opening statement… Here is what you may, or may not, be thinking about in your own photography.
You should develop a plan for your photographs.
What kind of a plan should you develop?
You should develop a composition plan and a story plan. The story plan communicates a message, and the composition plan provides viewers of your photography with a roadmap through your images.
This doesn’t mean that you should always have a huge psychological thing toiling around in your mind before you snap the shutter.
A simple idea is what I am talking about. I’ll show you what I mean in a minute.
The idea of making a plan is important, because it will guide you toward creating more dramatic photographs- that willlikely resonate with more people than not, because there is a bona fide reason for that photograph to exist.
Planning is good for any photograph. However, today we are going to focus on black & white photography.
In our discussion-
- We will discuss what the original plan was at the moment of taking the photograph.
- We will talk about how the post-processing conversion to black & white affected the original plan
- Finally, we will analyze the end results.