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

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

The talk will address seeing your final photographs as you shoot. Keeping in mind the viewers who will see your final photograph, you will be thinking about ...



Abraham Dakin says:

Some good, some average, but I wasn’t impressed with him bragging about
everything left right and centre.

Claude Rains says:

What hell! You think he is bitter and the guy shoots both digital and film.

Its obvious you didn’t learn a thing. He makes the point that no master
what you’re using know the fundamentals, like lighting ahead of time.
Location and what photography “Story” you’re trying to capture. You don’t
understand these you need to trade in you’re camera for an iPhone because
that’s all you need or ever understand and even then if you can’t crop
properly and rely on post processing you’re not a photographer, you take
pictures and mutilate them with software.

Good luck

Readynef says:

Very nice video! That tells the real story of being a photographer. Really
liked it.

King Ian David says:

The glasses are so distractive!!

ViciousMandy32 says:

The mainstream photo-shop crowd could learn a thing or two from this guy. 

hh77 says:

If you would like to hear Mr. Bob Strauss talk about how he simply knows
when to make a great shot (but never share how) and display his most
awesome images from his career and tell you why they are awesome, this is
the vid for you.

If you are far too busy trying to increase your photographic, artistic,
compositional and technical skills, this video will waste well over an hour
of your life which you will never get back and leave you no further than
where you started.

My advice: take the time Mr. Strauss would have you spend admiring his
greatness and put it towards developing skills that will blow his mediocre
work out of the water.

Michael Selhost says:

Didn’t learn much besides stories and minor tips, but here’s a lil map for
you guys…
Intro / blah blah / just be an efficient photographer — 0:00 – 15:20
Portfolio slideshow (some cool stories) — 16:02 – 1:06:10
Tips for photoshoot planning — 1:06:17 – 1:13:06

100zehnprozent says:

Even if it seems that “Other photographers couldn’t have done that” is his
most beloved sentence, in my opinion the portfolio he presents is just
average. If this is the best he has done in 45 years with all the
possibilities he had (helicopters & rich friends), his photographies are
nothing special – I’m sorry. There are some nice pictures, but most of them
are boring. Even if the people smile on the pictures, he isn’t able to
transport any kind of emotion to the viewer. 

thehitmanvan says:

This guy is HARDCORE!

alice wijesooriya says:

interesting video.only his spectacles distracting ,Thanks B & H for

Antonio Rivera says:

I get it that he prefers film over digital. I wish he would get to the
point already. 

Matthew McCord says:

Meh…I get that you’re rich, you have rich friends, and you take mediocre
pictures. Great job of self aggrandizing, though! I adore these Event Space
videos, but this is not the best one. 

Babydiva says:

Film was a lot easier

Johnny says:

This must be a very boring presentation for the younger digital generation
who never used film. I get his point but his shots are not that amazing and
I find him somewhat arrogant. Really, he could tell the difference of a
quarter of a stop on the light that fell on his neck? Come on. Anyway, nice
effort but let’s get past the past and move on. 

George Pop says:

Very inspirational video about how to be a great photographer! 

Ananda Sim says:

Slow to get going but the photos and context is worth viewing
+Hendrik Ebber +Al Christensen +The Learning Photography Page 

Sergey Sus says:

*The Thinking Photographer: How to See a Photograph and Mentally Frame*

Inspirational video from a great photographer. Well worth the hour to hear
him speak.

George Pop says:

Starts off slow but very inspirational afterwards, especially him being 70
year old when he did this presentation. People should learn a lot from his
know your equipment, know your lens, know your subject approach and shoot
3-5 photos of something instead of 200-300 with a digital camera and hope
for the best. Lots of respect for him and his work. 

Bhodisatvas says:

Always listen to old people when they are teaching you something, they
speak from years of experience

joekopor says:

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Jamie Craig says:

i use digital and cant see my images til i get home ,same style as film ,am
i a noob? no

FpsRix says:

you know its true

Babak BARADARAN says:

Come on B&H ! You used to do so much better !!!

TimeWithinTime says:

All you did was summarize the shortcomings of film.

firmanpencit says:

kakean cocot

chicagosouth56 says:

i love B&H

Daydream2142 says:

this presentation is poorly prepared but this guy knows how to compose. I
got to give him that.

B and H says:

@Hillary Abe The definition of ethical behavior in photography is a fine
line, and is often in the eye of the beholder. In this case, yours. In the
aftermath of “Sandy”, you might have problems with stills and video of many
who were tragically affected. The same may be true of photographs of war
throughout the history of photography. It is the job of photojournalists to
record these type of events for history. The public – and generations to
follow – is entitled to have this record.

doaralmeu says:

@BHPhotoVideoProAudio thank you so much for this great presentation but
please take the B&H logo out when showing the pictures, it really takes
from the magic oh the photographs. When the guest is shown speaking, no
problem with the logo 🙂

Thomas Onyango says:

My Uncle always tells me that we earn the right to obstinacy as we get

CharlesBecket says:

I couldn’t make it past eight minutes. Composition, aperture, shutter, and
ISO, formerly known as “film speed.” Got it. He is so stuck in the past it
is ridiculous. I shot film, too, back in the day. It’s not about divide and
conquer (film vs. digital). It’s about recognizing that times and
technology change, and we must be flexible enough to adapt and change with
it, or we get left behind and become bitter, as this man has become.

B and H says:

@Hillary Abe Bob Strauss has been kind enough to take the time to give a
full and thorough response to your question. Due to YouTubes restrictions
of 500 charachters per post, it will neccessarily have to be posted in
several parts beginning with the one below. The B&H InDepth Team

Tony Teofilo says:

This is not a “How To” video. Should be called a “Career Retrospective
Slide Show.” Main info here boils down to “I know EXACTLY how to expose a
photo…but I’m not going to tell YOU how.” A lost opportunity here.
Bummer. When asked at one point how he knew when to take a shot, he
responds that he simply knew because he’s been in the biz 40 years. Isn’t
that an opportunity to teach? The speaker isn’t interested in sharing
information or talking about technique and composition and style.

Leif Sikorski says:

Can’t feel any kind of sympathy for this person after this talk. Pretty
cocky personality and charisma.

slimblues says:

Dull, boring , the lecturer didnt even know how to start his slideshow ,
couldnt stand it 🙁 sad really because i would like to learn

puppandi says:

what thats it mean?

heyitsablackguy says:

Smart guy!

Paul Beak says:

Wasted over an hour of my time, just a slideshow of his past achievements.
No information about ‘How To’ anywhere. This video is all about how many
famous people he is friends with and he can ‘Make’ pictures….so tell us
how you did it then, don’t waffle on about nothing for an hour

B and H says:

@Hillary Abe I always respect ethical boundaries; when someone clearly
indicates that they don’t want to be photographed, I don’t do it. That is
the reason why when asked to work for the Inquirer, or similar
publications, my first question is “do they (subject) know they are going
to be photographed.” If they do not, I don’t accept the assignment.

prairiedawn66 says:

My thoughts exactly! I shot with film and enjoyed it but I love digital.

brent847 says:

It would be nice if he is going to show things on a presentation if he
expands the windows to full screen. it might be fine for people in the room
but its crap and unreadable for this video.

TomZentra says:

B&H, just delete this video. It is worthless!

Christian Schäfer says:

At first I didn’t comply with him, but as I saw his pictures, I thought:
who cares? This guy knows how to take great pictures that tell the whole
story. I don’t care, if he doesn’t know, how a camera works and how film is
developed. I know every little detail of my cam. but I never developed
analog film. That’s, because I thought, the key to better pictures is
knowing my camera. It’s not. It’s knowing the image before taking it. He
tells exactly how to do this, you just have to listen carefully.

pikachusDeMoN says:

we are digital and we know it . your right enough talking about film
shooters old people who still think digital not photography ,

Sallybunckle says:

a lot of these image are very average.

Jessica Roush says:

I respect the man and his knowledge of his craft. I respect the experiences
that he has had. I respect that his craft has been his life. The video
would have shown better if it had been named something more appropriate to
what it was actually about. It was about his life’s work with some great
tips along the way.

Michael Messner says:

The Horse Wrangling Photograph is in the Style of Ernst Hass an old Master.
Magnum Black Star.

Jordan F. says:

How could anyone like this?? If you’re a hack photographer at least be a
decent person…

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