|Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
Depends for which kind of photo. For street photography I'm going with the flow but for landscape or events, I'm thinking about what I could do before.
The flow is where I go.
Almost entirely driven by moments of observation or sudden impulse. I will often spend time visually surveying an environment seeking to uncover something beyond the surface. In doing so I hope to capture a viewpoint that is presented in an unexpected way.
mixture of the two
Go with the flow. I am a camera!
I always have some sort of idea in the back of my mind but I usually end up taking my original idea and free styling it to see all the different possibilities of that idea.
A lot of times, it depends on my mood, the couple, the location, etc. You would be surprised how much it matters to take care of yourself before a shoot (eating well, having enough rest, being happy and content with life, not having too much stress). It definitely affects your creativity and client interactions if you aren't taking care of yourself.
I always go out with a purpose in mind and begin projects like that, but when I can finally be in a position where my subjects are comfortable with me and I'm well informed of the situation I do like to throw purpose to the wind and just absorb everything through my camera. More often than not the images I produce at the latter stage are much more telling of that individual.
In general I prefer to go with the flow, unless it requires a more staged setup.
I have a base idea. then i let the day take its course.
Of course with a purpose already in mine, but still flexible for any instant change.
Both. I have something in mind when I head out, but often times things evolve and I follow where they go.
It's always good to plan things out first, to visualise beforehand. That is if you want to have a desired response in the first place. Though At the end of each session its always good to have a free-session where you go with the flow together with the model of course
Haha, this a great question for me because I jumped at it thinking I knew the answer. But it makes me think. Still life is all about control and destination, so the base answer is with a purpose already in mind. However, sometimes all the control in the world cannot prepare you for what lighting, surfaces, camera angles, optics, and flying liquids put down on your sensor. I get surprised all the time and I often take advantage of this to great results. Among all of the other things, being an artist is about discovery, so I feel that being very rigid and unwilling to step off of the plan is a very boring and narrow approach. Just be prepared to get back aboard if your client isn't as excited about your discoveries as you are.
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