A 10 Minute Exercise to Improve Your PhotographyBY Marc Silber on April 3, 2011
How about a fun and easy exercise to improve your photography, right now? Realize that learning photography has exercises just like learning to play tennis and hitting balls against a backboard. The idea here is to loosen up and get more fluid with what Ansel Adams said was the “whole key” to photography.
You’ll laugh at how simple this is and probably challenge me that it will do anything, but go ahead and do it anyway.
Ready, just set aside 15 minutes or so and do this, don’t think about it just do it!
- Watch Ansel Adams describe to you what Visualization means (even if you’ve seen it before watch it again it’s only 2:48) As he’s talking imagine you’re at one of his workshops and he’s talking straight to you.
- Grab a piece of paper and pen.
- Write down a photograph that you wish you could take right now, do this with no restraints or thought about practicalities, or “yea-buts”.
- Now really and fully visualize it, pretend that you took this photograph the way you want it.
- Repeat 3 and 4 at least 4 more times. Really stretch your visualization “muscles” and get that image each time that you’d like to photograph.
- Now, don’t think, grab your camera (any one, even your iPhone) can go outside and take 5 new photographs.
- Notice what happened. If nothing changed, do these steps again until you notice a change of any kind.