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{documentary} think like a photographer, part three: build a visual vocabulary

this is part three

of a seven part series on thinking like a photographer.


3. In part two of this series, I mentioned a quote from renown photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson… which leads me to the next way to think like a photographer. Photographers spend a lot of time thinking about good photography – and good photographers. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Sally Mann… to name a very few. Time spent looking at good work, beautiful/strange/compelling/funny/expressive work, builds your visual vocabulary. A writer depends on the words she knows to tell a story. A photographer depends on images she sees to tell hers. The richer your visual vocabulary, the stronger your own photographs will become.


Click here to read part four: rule your tool

Click here to return to part two: the moment

If you’re feeling ready to jump into your photography more seriously, consider taking my upcoming workshop, Camera Boss. Click here to learn more!

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