In this, I look at instinct vs intuition and how these relate to landscape photography. What does each phenomenon mean? Are they the same, or not?
At first, you may think they mean the same. But, I will go on to say that they are different, but that they do work in unison to yield some great works of creativity, especially in landscape photography.
Instinct vs Intuition
This is my take…
is what enables you to quickly adapt to changing conditions, to quickly learn new skills. It’s your mind and body working in sync to keep you out of ‘trouble’ or to get you ahead of the game.
As far as intuition goes…
This is what guides you to take that awe-inspiring shot, to know that best scene and timing. It’s what resonates with your soul.
To me, this is about know-how.
For example, you may instinctively know how the different features of the latest GoPro work, how to fly that drone to the greatest advantage point, or how to quickly focus a telescope as a beginner astronomer.
On the other hand, intuitive photography is about capturing the moment and the scenes free from restriction, from rules of logic.
It’s photography guided by an inner wisdom (or a higher source of knowing, if that clicks with you better).
It’s about experiencing rather than ‘doing’ photography.
It’s about being in the flow when the juices of creativity run highest.
Intuition is the source of creativity and takes you to a place beyond logic.
It helps you see the landscape in different moods, letting it speak to you.
Playful drone videography
Playfulness opens the door to intuition.
To encapsulate in a few words, the main differences that I see are these:
|Working with a sense of calm and a ‘knowing’||Doing automatic know-how|
|Confident and trusting||Questioning|
|No strong physical sensation, Being in the flow||Physical sensations, Alertness|
|Driven by an inner guidance||Reacting|
|A cognitive process||A behavioral process|
Table adapted from Heart of Substance.
What’s your take on intuitive photography?
Do you experience it?
Hi, Jeff Madden here. I’m an enthusiast of the wide open spaces with over 15 years experience in spatial data. I like to research and compare the latest technology available. My writings are about helping others explore and capture visuals of the outdoors.