We all tend to wait for “special moments” to pull out our cameras and start clicking. Somehow, we need to be transcended above the everyday to get a great photo. Where do these special occasions come from, and what about the “ordinary?”
Photography is such a technical subject that many photographers get caught up in it, or snarled up in it, as the case may be. Cameras are such wonderful contrivances that we can get lured in by the latest gadgetry. While it certainly is important to know your camera, the camera doesn't take the photo, you do!
So how do you learn to get better shots and find your "voice" (or eye) as photographer? Are there some practical steps to take?
I believe there are. These are the steps that I recommend to my students, and that I myself have taken along the way:
My interview with Michael Adams was intentionally directed towards what I knew were key points in Ansel’s books
having read these in my teens and then recently re-read them with the digital age in mind. There is no doubt about it, Ansel was a generous teacher who left us his wealth of know-how.
For our first episode of PhotoCycle we visit Yosemite Valley with Ansel's son Michael Adams. Michael tells us about Ansel's process, workflow and his joy of being a photographer. In rare unreleased footage, we hear directly from Ansel Adams about how to make a great photograph - advice that you can apply to improve your own work.