I am always interested in hearing how other photographers go about capturing images. I love seeing other photographers at work. Do they snap one picture and move on? Do they fire two or three shots in rapid succession? Do they hold down the shutter release and take as many fps that their camera will allow?
I read a really great piece of advice not too long ago - "Wait for the moment".
These words really got me thinking, and changed how I approach shooting. Holding down the shutter was kinda like a "poke and hope" tactic (Ok, maybe that is the label my husband has deemed appropriate for my pool strategy, but it is appropriate here too), I'd end up with hundreds of pictures, and one of the just *had* to be good. I'd dump my card, click through picture after picture, discarding all of them along the way until I found "the one". This strategy had its upside - I knew I'd walk away with at least one good picture. But there are so many downsides to this strategy, I've almost completely abandoned it all together. I would try to anticipate the moments to the extent of snapping pictures before anything was really happening in hopes that something would happen and I would catch it.
Now I prefer to be a part of the action, but still with camera at the ready. I want to be a part of what is unfolding, not just a spectator, but a contributor. I think adopting this frame of mind creates a stronger connection between photographer and photo. I believe that each image has my imprint on it, and this allows the viewer to have a stronger bond with the image as well. Its only been a few weeks since I've been attempting to wait for the moment. And you know what? The moments have come. Sometimes they come flooding through, other times they are a trickle, but they are always there. And you know what else? I've been coming out on top with a much stronger ratio of joy to junk.
There is a difference between documenting changing the sheets on the bed with the girls and capturing the split second of pure joy and elation as I use the sheet as a parachute over their heads. There is a difference between shooting a walk in the backyard with Tea and the moment when she becomes completely intent on capturing a "little bug". Being cognizant of these differences is key and setting with the intention to be mindful is a must.
So now that spring is here and the earth is busy with its new cycle of growth, lets be mindful of our moments so we can not only grow to cherish our everyday, but also so that we can grow into becoming better photographers. Please share with me moments where you have been mindful. I'd love to see them.