Seeing what is around you

A while back I was speaking with a very prominent photographer about a photo I had taken that made a splash.  I commented to her that it was not planned at all.  Nothing about the photo had anything to do with why I was out on the shoot that night.  It was something else I noticed going on around me that caught my eye.

She said, “Mark, that is what makes a professional.  It is what we see, and how we see it that sets us apart.”

This is another example of that.  The shot wasn’t planned.  I glanced over as the model, Cody Woldt, was changing in the car and noticed the lines of the composition and the light and took the shot.  The natural feel could never be captured in a posed shot.

I actually had to teach myself to look, to see what is around me, to see what other might miss.  I’m glad I did.


Male model changing – copyright Mark Stout

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