Be Prepared

If our assumptions can be so persuasive, perhaps it’s easier to just create a new assumption—one that trumps all others—than it is to fight the old assumptions. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? When I shoot, my master assumption is this: nothing will go completely as planned. Not because my planning stinks, but because life has a habit of getting in the way. So I plan as carefully as possible, based on the best research I can gather, but I plan into the margins, as it were. I create a buffer. Yes, I know I am going out specifically to shoot portraits of a colorful local man, and I know I’m going to use my 85mm f/1.2 lens. I have a vision of the shot, and I know how I’m going to express that vision.

Beijing, China. Unsure whether ...

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