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Advanced Shooter – Working a Scene: Discovering Your Heart’s Intent (preview)

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Snow drifts near Cochrane, AB (Image 1)

As photographers, we are visually tuned into our surroundings. Even so, there are times when something we see stops us in our tracks and demands that we capture it in a photograph. Often we respond dutifully, make an image or two and then move on, hunting for the next visual trophy. But when we return to those same images later there’s usually something missing. We don’t feel the excitement looking at the pictures that we did when we were making them. And the images seem more a documentary record than an expression of what we saw. The images lack heart, plain and simple.


After 30 years of photography, I’ve finally learned that this disconnect between the attraction to the scene and the photographic result is simply one of intent. “What grabbed my eye? Why am I attracted to this? Can I capture my feelings in visual expression?” Intent is not only understanding what you feel in the first place, but also translating that feeling into a visual result.

Starting with image (1) and eventually reaching the final image (5) — To read about how Darwin works a scene until it’s right, and to read more of this not-to-miss issue please pick up the Winter 2018 issue today online or at your local newsstand. To never miss an issue you can subscribe here

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