Like Ed says, looks like don't think when shooting but actually think a lot already before the shoot.
In my opinion, the experienced photographers can think very fast and easily on the go, so it doesn't look like they are thinking - just "whack". Those of us who are not, better spend some time to think more - because we are not experienced yet.
Thinking can also be post-shoot. After shoot already, analyze what went on, then re-try again. For me, this is also School 1, and more suitable for beginners.
Last edited by wildcat; 25th October 2013 at 09:41 AM.
If I want to go and shoot anything in the street, unplanned for... I use my mobile phone
If I take the trouble to bring my OMD or 7D... I do plenty of planning before going out. But that is just me.
IMO, it still boils down to knowing the basics of photography and composition as well as being familiar with the equipment.
Then the 2 types of photographer you mentioned is the same thing.
W/o the basics, #1 think long long is still no use. and can't even adapt to the situation when at the site itself.
W/o the basics, #2 will just 'fail' on the spot.
There are many respectable school #1 shooters, but not sure whether they can handle test type #2, many have "died properly" in those situations (eg. very good at portraiture but failed completely at a wedding).
However there are also rubbish school #2 shooters, who just whack, and say everything is "reportage", "photojournalistic" etc... bleh, even pj style need a good concept on what is pj to the eyes of the viewer.
At the same time there are those guys who talk about concept & planning, etc, act like they are school #1, but actually shoot zero. These guys are even worse then the rubbish school #2 shooters.
With regards to wedding photography, you could be either school #1 or #2 or #1.5 depend on your choice or expertise and market based on that. But i realized solid school #1 shooters usually command a higher price and respect. & certainly many out there do well in both schools of thought!
Just got back from Bangkok. Seems Im very skewed to school #2, just whacked and snap. But I'm quite happy with my own results, especially from Maekhlong Railway Market. :-) Irregardless of what school you are from, I do believe that self-satisfaction is important too, i.e. be happy with your shots you take.