Elisabeth Maurice, many thanks for your question.
The question is very relevant so I answer it as a separate post. I hope that is ok with you? Let me add that photography comes very individually, but here is how I see it.
First your question:
I need a piece of advice . I take my camera with everytime I go out and try to figure out such a situation but it’s not coming… Maybe i don’t know how to visualize this. I guess my eye is not trained enough. Your advice would be very helpful.
I think that you will work yourself into to hard times trying to plan gigs. Of all types of photography it is probably the hardest to predict unless you want to do a copy of someone elses work as a training session. My 2P is just to get our there, put on the alert glasses, move around, start shooting and things will happen your way. Not always, but pretty often they will.
Keep your mind open for gig shooting and know that is what you are after, but planning it in the meaning of “try to figure out such a situation” will be hard to do.
That said, some preparations can be done. Again it takes you back to doing basic homework before you go out to take pictures. Check out the best gig photographers, Elliot Erwitt being one of them, and see how he did it. You can probably learn a lot from that.
Secondly, you got to have it in you. If you are not into to humorous situations at all you will probably not get any gig shots. You can’t photograph what you can’t see.
In your case that is not an issues since you have plenty of humour. Don’t tell me you planned this shot :-). Or had visualised it in advance.
I shot Photographer Down yesterday. Gig or no gig. My plan was to buy an external hard drive, and look what I ended up with: a fallen photographer and three models. Could I plan that? No, but I was prepared for it. It is called luck :-).
Try to work yourself into a situation where the images come to you and not the other way around. First you learn (takes a lifetime), then you unlearn (takes a lifetime plus), then you start taking pictures of our own. Luckily all of this can be done at the same time
Oh, I got the hard drive as well.
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