Old Tree, Vanderwater Conservation Area, January 8 2016, Canon 6D, 24-105mm, 1/6sec, F8.0 ISO 800

In order to expand your ability to see you have to look with intent…slow down, take in the scene, look around and be aware of your surroundings. You need to open your mind to the potential of what you are presented with. You can be lucky and stumble upon something worthy of your attention, but usually you need to work at seeing a great photographic opportunity. Focus you attention on the details...move and change your perspective… Look through your viewfinder and change your position.. focus on different areas, move up, move down….take a side look..etc… Always imagine your intended final image.

Seeing is more like developing an idea of what you can do with something you see. That purely imaginary idea of what your final image could look like is the result of your accumulated experience/knowledge of photography and post-processing.

It's important to note that the image you envision is not likely to be the same image that your camera can capture on “automatic” mode. Your camera is not that smart…yet. Understanding what your camera can do and applying that knowledge will give you a much better chance of getting it right. The more you learn about your camera, composition, post-processing, etc....the more likely the final image will match your vision.

Your photographic eye is a trained eye that reflects years of experiences and personal interests. The art of seeing is something you develop over time....the best way to improve your ability to see is to go out and practice.

You can't see if you don't look.

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