Photo Tip #39 - Stimulate your Senses

As photographers we want to think of ourselves as visual people. But isn't writing a visual art too? When an author describes something well we are able to paint a picture in our mind. In order to do this don't they also have to be visual people? To become a great photographer, you need to be able to visualize what you want the photograph to look like before you take the photo. Photography is not simply about vicariously bumping into a photograph, it's about creating it. In order to create images you also need to stimulate your senses.

So how do you stimulate your senses. Enjoying and analyzing works by other artists, be they painters, musicians, writers or photographers is important. Consider what you enjoy about their work. What aspects actually stimulate you. Then consider how you might incorporate these things into your photography.