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Why This National Geographic Photographer Doesn’t Get Bogged Down by Technical

I bet you’ve never heard the top photographers arguing about what settings to use for a particular shot. If you want to know why, look no further than this video.

Here, Mark Silber, of Advancing Your Photography, sits down with adventure photographer, Cory Richards, to discuss some tips on how to improve your photography. Not content with explaining what settings he uses for a each shot, Richards instead focuses on why he chooses to shoot his subjects in a particular way. The first image he discusses with Silber was shot with a point-and-shoot camera, it was a selfie, and it wasn’t even shot in raw format. However, as you’ll note from the video, emotion and context are key. The photo ended up on the cover of the 125th edition of National Geographic magazine because of what happened just before it. Further proof that the best camera in the world is the one you have on you.

It’s fantastic insight into the thought process of a top photographer, and, at least on some level, I can completely relate to the main thesis. The best photographs all have one thing in common: they can connect with their subject on an emotional level. As Richards says: it doesn’t have to be technically perfect. If you can capture the essence of a moment, you’re on to something. 

What was your main takeaway from the interview?

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