Listen to how Yousef Karsh created the quintessential portrait of Winston Churchill in 1941.
Some may have heard of Ansel Adams and Pre-visualization? The idea is to have a clear idea of what your image will look like before you release the shutter. It's an extremely powerful way to create photographs.
My personal professional experience is when I have a vision of what I want to create before a session starts I not only create that vision but often build on it during the session to make even stronger photographs.
Karsh had a vision in advance of the portrait he wanted to create. The location and lighting were setup the night before. As Churchill approached Karsh new one thing for certain, he did not want a cigar in the photograph...
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