This Wednesday, Paul Sanders came to talk about his journey from the high pressure world of being the Times’ picture editor to a landscape photographer.
The talk was peppered with many of Paul’s excellent photos (for examples, head over to http://www.paulsanders.biz) as he explained his progress through photography.
Pertinent points from the evening included:
You need to have your own style. Not everyone can even get close to replicating the styles of the greats like Joe Cornish – why try?
Don’t take the same photos as everyone else. Find your own view point. Find your own angle. Make the shot (at risk of sounding like a million and one episodes of the X-Factor) your own.
Slow down. Life is hectic, noisy and fast. It’s difficult to concentrate when you’re trying to do too many things at once. Concentrate on the photo. Concentrate on the view. Take the shot. You’ll end up with better images.
Lighten up. Is there really the need to carry all those cameras and lenses and the other associated paraphernalia (see this post)? Is it possible to use one camera and one lens to do everything you need to? Your back will thank you, long term…
Get the picture right first time. When you’re dealing with exposures measured in the minutes (thank you Lee), it makes complete sense to get the picture as close to perfect in camera as you possibly can. It also saves on the time in front of the computer in post-processing
The evening was thoroughly thought provoking – Paul had judged his audience perfectly and his talk was definitely, for me, one of the highlights of the year. Absolutely fascinating.