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TECH TIP: Getting the Shot with Corey Rich: Exploring the Creative Process: A Different Perspective

Having preconceived ideas about the photographs you want to create is an important part of the creative process. However, it can also be a dangerous one.

In my latest episode Getting the Shot: Exploring the Creative Process for Adorama TV, I talk about one of my most favorite pictures—not just for its aesthetics, but also for the great memories this picture holds.

Back in college, I took a semester off from school to travel around the West in my beat-up Honda Civic to just photograph rock climbing. Soon, I found myself alongside rock climbers Kevin Gallagher and Jeff Jackson on an expedition to a remote part of northern Mexico to climb the big-wall of El Gavilan (The Hawk).

I had this preconceived idea that I would shoot Jeff climbing by hanging above him from my own rope; and I wanted to shoot him at first late.

A late start and slow progress up the wall thwarted that plan. However, by being open to changing circumstances and, most important, turning around to see a new perspective, I came away with this photo of Kevin ascending a rope against a gorgeous morning sky.

You can read my full story about this trip in my Story Behind the Image article—click here.

The lesson is simple. Begin with preconceived ideas about your photos, but don’t be afraid throw them out when you look around and see something even better.

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