|Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
depends on the situation
Depends on the shoot I have planned, when it's a controlled shoot there's a certain amount of pre-planning that goes into it. The rest of the time I mainly go with the flow and whatever feels right.
Each to his own. If you specialise in a subject then that is fine as you can become a master within your chosen field. However, I prefer to give myself a wide subject range to fit in with my marketplace. I refuse to print or sell my photographs - all of my images are produced for Internet use only. That way I can get to know the marketplace and ensure that the right image hits the right target with an immediate result, without the hassle and expense of printed media.
Every situation is unique. I never try to "make" anything happen. Sometimes you can have one vision, and end up with something completely different. Surrendering to the process brings out the most creativity and joy.
It really depends on the assignment. I naturally like to go with the flow and experience the moment, but I do put some serious effort into preparation and direction of creative shoots.
I always show up at a photo shoot prepared with ideas about how I would like it to go. However, a photographer MUST be willing to let the shoot run it's own course. If I am refuse to be flexible, I will often miss opportune shots waiting to set up something maybe not as good because it is planned.
If I am shooting for a commercial client then lots of organisation goes into the shoot and it is quite tight about what the client needs to see to market their product, service, design etc. If I am shooting for my personal work then I am free to choose what and how to shoot but it quickly gets defined by what is working and not working and then I follow a tighter route. This might change as other ideas pop up.
I like to get to know someone before I shoot. Every project is different. Some agencies want a client to look a certain way so those rules have to be taken into account.
But for my own projects I like to plan what would work best for my own situation.
Usually I go with the flow, unless it's a planned ahead event, like a concert or a session with a model.
It depends on the subject.
Spontaneous, Impulse, Yeah, most of the time you have to react to what you see. And sometimes you may only have a few seconds to capture a moment. Great Photo moments may sometimes occur when you least expect them. You may actually witness and photograph an airplane making an emergency landing on the Hudson River, for example. Or arrive at the scene of a major news breaking event. Or it could just be a peaceful walk over to the park without incident and you photo what you had planned for the day, and feed some birds and squirrels.
This is to me what photography is all about. You have to be prepared for the pulitzer prize winning photo when you are on the way to do the portrait of the Bank Presidents family. As of this date, I still have not received the coveted Pulitzer Prize yet ...
I try to always go with the flow and with the moment. The purpose beforehand is just that. I try to be a fly on the wall, so that I do not insert myself into any experience, but instead, simply capture it.
Everything depends on everything. I can be painfully commercial or totally on a creative bent.
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