Previsualization in Photography

Fawn romping in the meadow

I don’t hear much discussion about preparing for a probable event in photography any more – previsualization.

In this image of a fawn running into a frame, one could sense the chance of this happening, so we can think about the settings on the camera. What settings would one set?

To answer this, I looked back on the original image to see what settings were used. First the lens was a 55-210mm lens set at 210mm and it was hand held. The aperture was set at f/6.3, the largest aperture for that lens at 210mm. It was set at 210 as I was photographing the herd just before this. Then out of the corner of my eye I spied this guy. The speed set at 1/400 sec. good for this shot.

That may be a lot of things to think about. The camera was set Programed Auto, so I was lucky, as that setting is supposed to set the speed first, then the aperture. The camera was new to me so I was using varioua settings. I normally would have set it at Aperture Priority with lens opened up all the way. I think that would have worked well but Programed Auto is what gave us this image. It has been published twice in articles.

There is no way I could have anticipated this event and set on manual with any degree of accuracy. It happened too fast. The focus was set at automatic, center weighted. Also my “go to” setting. I think I have to give the Camera, a Sony A6000 most of the credit, for it’s incredibly fast focus and follow focus.

If I was previsualizing today, I would probably use a wider angle lens – probably a 35 – 24mm. This would give me good depth of field. A shorter lens to eliminate vibration of hand holding.

I might have developed an innate ability to leave room for the fawn to run into the frame. The rest would be to learn the strengths of the camera which means lots of practice. Have fun…

Bob says… Thanks



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