Photographing with Intention

Photographing with Intention

There's a lot to learn with photography and it can very quickly become overwhelming. Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition, light…. All of these areas require time, patience and practice. One topic that doesn't get talked about much is shooting with intention.

Shooting with intention means choosing the settings on purpose to achieve a predetermined specific result. It also means asking a LOT of questions. I would argue that having a clear vision for your photo is critical to making it compelling. Asking Why? What do I want to convey? What am I trying to say? What is this photograph about? (not to be confused with what is this photo of). What prompted me to pick up my camera? How can I best create the photo to represent my message? What about when the scene is constantly changing you ask? People are coming and going, kids are running amuck. You can still shoot with intention, even in those tough, quickly changing situations.

Here’s how:

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How to Use Back Button Focus

How to Use Back Button Focus

Have you ever wanted to set the exposure (meter) for one area of the photo and focus on another area? The solution is to use back button focusing. A common application perfect for back button focusing is creating silhouette photos. If you use just the shutter button to focus on and meter for the subject in your scene at the same time, the camera will increase the exposure on the subject so it can be clearly seen. This results in two things --  subjects that are not in shadow and a blown out sky. When using back button focus, each of these functions (focus and exposure) are determined separately.

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Stop It!

Stop It!

To create a correct exposure, three factors come into play -- aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Collectively, they are referred to as the exposure triangle. Each setting has specific creative applications. They work together, mathematically, to create an exposure. When adjusting any one setting, you are changing the amount of light entering the sensor. To maintain the balance, another setting must be adjusted proportionately.

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