The Thinking Photographer: How to See a Photograph and Mentally Frame It As You Shoot


One of the blessings of digital photography is that we can take as many shots as we like and just delete the ones we don’t want. Although not exactly a curse, long time professional photographer Bob Straus doesn’t see it that way. Rather, he gently suggests, it makes us less creative because we don’t give enough thought to what we are doing. His advice is to shoot digitally with a film mindset.

Throughout his seventy-three-minute presentation he poses several questions we should ask ourselves: What is the purpose of the image and who is going to look at it? How am I going to frame it and what camera settings do I need to capture the idea? And through a slideshow featuring a generous selection of his career’s work, we come to appreciate the points he is making.