My latest video tutorial is now up on YouTube. It’s called The Four Ingredients for a Great Image.
When I think about the fundamental components that are often required to produce a compelling photograph, the ones that often come to mind are Vision, Anticipation, Technique and Luck.
I feel that great photography is built from a combination of being able to recognize the particular aspects of the scene that excite you, and then using your own technical and compositional skills to effectively translate the scene into an image which communicates your ideas to the viewer.
One of the most important technical skills isn’t camera related, though, it’s being able to understand and anticipate how your subjects will converge, or how they might converge in the future. As you gauge the scene and figure this out, you can then put yourself in the right position to capture it, or adjust your creative approach in a way that matches the specifics of your scene.
And then there’s luck. I talked about this in a previous post. Luck is certainly an important part of the equation, but it’s not to be relied upon. Luck won’t get you very far if you don’t have a good handle on your other three elements.