Learning how to see the final result before you press the shutter is maybe the most important step you can take to mastering photography.
It’s that moment where you grow as a photographer and no longer have to worry whether or not the picture “came out.” Your work becomes deliberate, rather than reactionary. You make pictures, you don’t just take pictures.
It’s been more than 10 years since that special day when I captured Cranes in the Fire Mist. My audience has grown significantly since then and/or turned over, so for those who occasionally ask me about the picture – here is a repost of the story.
The old saying goes; “A picture is worth 1000 words.” If that’s true, what words are your picture saying?
And if you think of your picture as a “story,” something I strongly advocate regularly, it might help to PRE-construct the story and THEN get the picture.