• Thomas

Pre-visualization and the importance of keeping your mind open to change.

Updated: Jul 28

When I first started in photography I shot with a 4x5 large format film camera.


Tachihara 4x5 large format field camera

Even when maximizing the amount of film I could carry out into the field, I was still only able to take 12 sheets of film with me.


As you know, that is a ridiculously small number compared to what today’s digital photographer has access to.

However, I wouldn’t have had it any other way! Knowing that I only had 12 sheets of Kodak TMax that I could use for the outing, I had to be very conservative with my shots.

Often times I’d spent ten to fifteen minutes composing an image on the ground glass just to find that the image wasn’t worth exposing a sheet of film on.

There was also the promise of something better farther down the trail.

What this taught me was power of pre- visualization. And I brought that with me into my own personal methods of digital photography.

Even though I have the capacity to take 9999 photographs per memory card (according to my camera’s display) I still only take a minimal amount of shots when out in the field.

This prevents me from spending an obscene amount of time editing.

So, even after spending the day surrounded by the beautiful aspens of Lockett Meadow or anywhere else for that matter, you don’t always have to come back and toil your life away in front of the computer, editing.

A lot of people dread this aspect of the creative process of digital photography. They complain about how much time is spent sitting in front of the computer.

It honestly shouldn't take that long!

If you pre-visualize the final image when looking through the viewfinder or analyzing it on the LCD you should have to spend very little time making the adjustments in whatever image editor you use.

That being said, sometimes by seeing how far you can push the boundaries of the image you just might find more than you saw in the field!

I hope to never stop asking myself "What if?" and I pray the same for you!

But that’s a different post.


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