Marc’s Mini Tip: The Key to a Photograph from Ansel Adams

0 Posted by - November 9, 2009 -

Ansel Adams used the term “visualization” often – but what exactly does it mean? How does it fit into your work flow as a photographer? I looked all over for a good explanation – then last year Ansel’s grandson Matthew loaned me rare unreleased footage–and there it was! Listen well to what he has to say. You’ll hear him quote another great photographer Alfred Stieglitz who you’ll want to get to know as he was one of the pioneers who opened the way for photography being accepted as a fine art, not merely a recording device.

This is a segment you’ll want to study over and over, go out and shoot and watch it again! It is the key as he said.

Very special thank you to the Ansel Adams Gallery for loaning this footage © 2009 Ansel Adams Illumes. All Rights Reserved.

 

31 Comments

  • CrazyIvan865 March 30, 2014 - 3:16 pm Reply

    Like the Obi-Wan Kenobi of photography!

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    Check out our video with advice from Ansel Adams. http://buff.ly/1m42JlS

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  • Edward Fielding October 24, 2013 - 10:04 am Reply

    Nice to see a short clip of the master photographer although its not really much of a tip other then study your craft so they you can produce a final image that you see in your mind before you snap the shutter.

  • Chris Townsend October 22, 2013 - 5:39 am Reply
  • Clyde Heppner October 3, 2013 - 7:03 am Reply

    Ansel Adams on Visualization

  • MrMisanthrope1 July 18, 2013 - 2:31 pm Reply

    it is something that your born with , you either got it or you don’t,

  • marcsilber July 2, 2013 - 11:05 am Reply

    yes he is!

  • robertbdesmond July 2, 2013 - 7:40 am Reply

    Ansel is right on target.

  • Shelby's Top Ten March 30, 2013 - 10:06 pm Reply

    He was a remarkable man. I just ordered his biography and can’t wait to dive into it!

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  • ziggy149 October 13, 2012 - 8:43 pm Reply

    Makes more sense to tape it on your camera :)

  • 1100010000 March 3, 2012 - 12:33 pm Reply

    how can anybody dislike this?

  • Kimberly A Edwards March 1, 2012 - 2:28 pm Reply

    What Ansel Adams says in the video is what I’ve heard +Trey Ratcliff say also. Trey uses more description and definition in what he deems “visualization”.Cool video footage!

  • acierman7589261 December 18, 2011 - 10:39 am Reply

    love it ..thanks for getting this vid

  • PerformanceGallery December 6, 2011 - 5:13 pm Reply

    Wonderful. Talk about UP CLOSE!

  • marcsilber September 26, 2011 - 12:34 pm Reply

    good one, Glad you found it.

  • wondnaereh September 26, 2011 - 12:44 am Reply

    I find this video especially poignant to me because this weekend I had my first experience of visualizing exactly what I wanted to create in my photo using specific lighting techniques and for the first time I had the breakthrough I have been looking for! It is so ironic that I see this video describing the exact same thing. WOW, the planets must have aligned!

  • marcsilber March 22, 2011 - 9:31 am Reply

    not sure about that I can ask his grandson,

  • ravenfork March 22, 2011 - 4:51 am Reply

    Do you know if any of ansels pt.ranier photos have a T-87 number or numbering system.I have an old original photo that is entitled.the mountain as seen from the highway aty Marmot point , just entering paradise valley , Ranier National Park. on the backside of the photo is on the top it says Note: this photograph is furnished gratus, and may be used in any way without obligation. in ordering duplicates please designate as : number T-87

  • melanie little February 4, 2011 - 6:16 pm Reply

    I’m a student of photography and I just taped the word “Visualization” on my computer :) Such good advice.

  • LetArtsLive October 19, 2010 - 3:17 pm Reply

    this is great!!

  • Aardsbijtje August 26, 2010 - 9:36 am Reply

    Hurrah You Tube, I am always amazed how much (very good) material there is. I am a great fan of Ansel Adams!

  • JoTerified August 3, 2010 - 11:46 am Reply

    Awesome

  • Nualchemist March 18, 2010 - 2:24 am Reply

    Great to hear the master’s philosophy from his own mouth. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Rivera3689 January 27, 2010 - 3:55 am Reply

    wonderful

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