|How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
when you feel like it just press the shutter
Lots of practice.. and knowing the shutter speed.
I don't really believe there's an instinct to be developed, it's moreso using your eyes &brain as one, &recognizing something as beautiful or interesting or unique &believing that others should should be able to view the spectacle that you see.
Shoot, review, study and shoot again. keep the cycle going.
The instinct comes with time and practice. You cant expect yourself to know these things right off the bat, it all takes time.
Patience and practice.
I think that experience and instinct help one when it comes to when to press the shutter. You always know when the moment is appropriate. Sometimes you will miss it, but then, the opportunities are endless.
It just comes second nature after many years
Certainly with a lot of practice. I still haven't mastered this when it comes to certain motorsport shots. It's all about learning when the subject is going to be in the right part of the frame.
For music work it is difficult to know what an artist is going to do next, but with only the usual 3 songs, it is a lot of luck as well!
Better question - How does one develop the courage to press the shutter? I heard Chase Jarvis one time say this (I am paraphrasing a bit), "The dirty little secret of most pros is that we take a lot of pictures." The only time I ever miss the shot is when I am not shooting the lights out of the scene. I usually have along with me 40GB for my D300 and 48GB for the D5000. I am hard pressed in a day long shoot to shoot more than 24GB in a single day's shoot. Heck, I have been known to set the camera on a slow shutter speed with a corresponding aperture and shooting out the window of a moving car... So, my advice is get over not taking the shot and have fun with that camera!
In Action Photography all that helps you is practice and trial and error sooner or later you will learn what works and what doesn't, along with the right time to press the shutter.
I guess it has to come naturally. After you get used to your camera.
To me it's instinctual. I know when I've missed a good shot and feel it when I've gotten a good one. Digital has taken the guessing out of much of that process. That's not always a good thing.
Shoot a lot. Spend a lot of time watching, waiting and anticipating. Know where to look.
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