Zen photography is not any special type of photography, it's rather a quality that focuses on 'how' any type of photography should be performed. It is the mindfulness with which the Buddhist monks pray, and which can be applied in all courses of life, including photography. When you approach shooting with a zen mindset, your overall performance gets better. By practicing Zen photography, you become more mindful of your shooting, and learn the rules better, to better understand where to use the rules and where not to. Your outlook as a photographer changes and the photos you click also become different. In short, Zen meditation changes your whole shooting experience. Curious to know more about zen photography? read the article till the end.
Why Is Zen Photography Important And How To Do It?
Why is Zen Photography important?
The attitude and mental condition of the photographer directly reflect on the photographs he clicks. In zen photography, feeling always surpasses logic and reasoning. And when you break the conventional photography rules, letting your feelings guide miracles happen! A mindful photographer deals with the technical aspects of the camera wisely and doesn't go with the same camera settings each time for the same subject and location. The more serene thinking and brainstorming one incorporates into the process of shooting, the greater the photo created.
Some photographers are so mechanical in their work that they click photos only based on rules and methods successfully applied by others before. Even their creativity is also inspired by others! Zen photography teaches you to think out of the box, to try something new that nobody has done before. It makes you click from the heart, using the brain, and that's what photography is all about! You take care of the technical aspects of photography, with the sole goal of portraying artistry and creating a narrative through your photo.
How to do zen photography?
Now as you know what zen photography is all about, how should you proceed with it? The art of zen photography is in emptying the mind while shooting. Focus on the process keeping the end in mind, but don't get anxious about the result. Be open to learning as well as to improvise. It's better to practice it in your free time or right after you have taken your necessary shot for the assignment at the beginning because it will be easier for you to have a clear mind at those times. Evoke the younger, enthusiastic self of yours who got into shooting for the first time and started clicking, forgetting the rest of the world. It's not as difficult as it seems. You just need to be in the present moment, and shoot with a serene mind.
As you probably know, visualization of the ending before deciding the composition and camera settings is important to click a captivating image. To achieve this, start thinking about the theme, subject, and location one by one beforehand. Don't go overboard with the choices, as that's the key rule of zen photography. As you practice zen photography more and more, it will be easier for you to decide what is the right rule to apply at the right moment and following intuition to make your own rule whenever necessary. You will be able to see the emotions in every scene and convey that successfully to your photographs that no one else could do.
Most importantly, enjoy the process of shooting thoroughly. That's the essence of zen photography. When you achieve this, nothing can stop you from excelling as a photographer.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.