There’s a difference between composition and vision, that being composition can be taught, vision is just something you are born with.
I know some people may argue that you can learn vision too. Maybe so, but I still believe it’s something you either have or you don’t and no amount of study, practice is going to give it to you.
To me, vision is defined as being able to see something where others may not. Again, you may disagree but let me give you an example of what I mean.
Before Apple came out with the iPod, I had several MP3 players. All were cumbersome to load with music and navigation was done by hitting forward and back buttons. When Apple came out with the ipod, they created an easier way to navigate and that was the wheel. Suddenly almost every MP3 player had a wheel of some sort to navigate with.
It’s easy to duplicate vision.
You see something a filmmaker or photographer has done, you can duplicate it but you weren’t the one that had the vision to create it in the first place.
I’ve talked with several photographers and filmmakers about why some people can see images where others can’t. There’s no real consensus why.
I’ve filmed with a National Geographic cover photographer in Utah. He would see the shots that I saw but then he’d go off and climb up on some rocks and shoot something that never even occurred to me. Maybe you can chalk it up as experience, but he saw the possibilities and I didn’t.
So what do you think? Is vision something you have or you don’t or is it something you can get over time?
And as always, shoot the ordinary and make it extraordinary!