Bruce Percy has published another eBook that I have been privileged to proof-read, so I know it’s good! Click here and you’ll see the first volume on visualisation. Volume 2 is still to come.
Bruce discusses ways of thinking and seeing images in advance of squeezing the shutter, at the moment the shutter goes, and afterwards. It’s tremendously helpful to someone like me when thinking about how I see what I think I want to photograph. For example, whilst I like this image a lot, I might have tried to take it quite differently after reading the book: despite being heavily cropped, it’s still quite ‘busy’, and although I obviously can’t cut all the bushes and trees down round about it (I’m no Michael Fatali, in all senses of the phrase!), I might have tried harder to reframe it in some other way. Fortunately, because it was taken on black and white print film (Ilford Delta 100, if you’re interested!), scanning it at a high resolution allows it to be cropped down to a smaller size whilst still being large enough to produce substantial prints. Something useful can therefore still emerge from the original concept I had when visualising the tree.
Bruce’s book deals with all these issues and many more in his usual lucid and engaging way – highly recommended.