Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Photography Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Not only was it exciting to be in Santa Fe for the first time but I connected with a great group of other photographers while I was there. We all learned so much from our instructor, Amy Toensing, who is fantastic photographer with National Geographic currently working in Australia on a story. The next few blog postings will explore the various ideas and photo techniques that were presented at the workshop.
One of the concepts we learned is “compose and wait.” Basically, it refers to the set-up of the photograph in which you find the location you like, make sure your background is exactly how you want it, make sure that your settings are right for your photo: lighting, exposure, and focus. Then, you wait for the right person to walk through your frame. You take a number of shots as people walk through until you get a photograph with the person in exactly the right place for your photo. Other photographers have talked about this same idea. But Sam Abell, one of the photography instructors at Santa Fe Workshops, used the phrase: Compose and Wait, so I will give him the credit for the phrase. I think it’s a great one and we all had a great time exploring Canyon Road and elsewhere in Santa Fe composing and waiting for our shots.
The above photos were taken on Canyon Road. I set up my shot across from a very attractive adobe wall surrounding a house and waited for a person to walk through the frame. I credit the phrase “compose and wait” to Sam Abell, a professional photographer at the Santa Fe Workshops who shared his work with us.
Stay tuned for the next blog posting which will focus on another photo idea from the Santa Fe Workshop.