|How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
PRACTICING, getting to know your tools and subjects.
Comes with time and experience. There will suddenly be those "hmmmmmm" or "AHA" moments that tell you "this is the one".
The same that someone knows when to breath and when your heart should beat. You just do it.
The same way your mom knows your stealing cookies from the cookie jar. Intuition. Though in photography it is a honed sense of timing, discipline, and determination.
from not getting paid
practice practice. Bresson used to say a photographer's first 10,000 images are his worst. I believe this is still true, but because of the change in technology, the number is probably at 100,000.
In the days of film, I took far more caution shooting knowing that each shutter press cost about 50-cents to a dollar. In the days of digital, I shoot many images with slight difference in exposure and certainly composition.
Capturing the magic moment for me is viewing the final image as a printed picture and pressing the shutter. With only a few exceptions, I usually shoot in the one-shot mode. I know many photographers regulraly shoot a multi-shot sequence, but this often just produces in-camera duplicates with really no change in the image.
However, it is a matter for each photographer to decide what works best for their process.
easy, just shoot it
used to wast money on film, now you just waste time editing!
Good question! It's a feeling...
I keep my eye in my viewfinder and my finger on the shutter and shoot a great deal of frames very fast to catch the definitive moment. Shooting faster and more frames when I have found the shapes emotion and level of energy that I desire in my shot.
When I shoot Drag races, I watch the tree out of one eye and keep my camera focused on the drag car. With models, they pose, you shoot.
I don't know. I just feel it.
By anticipating where the subject is going to be and what it is going to be doing, not where it currently is and what it is currently doing. This takes a lot of practice and experience but eventually you'll get to a point where it's second nature.
It's kinda like playing a video game and knowing your gear. Sometimes you get it right on target sometimes you don't. Over the years I have reduced the number of frames I need to shoot to get it right but that comes with experience.
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