|How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
you just know
practice. Photography is all trial and error. The more pictures you take the better your pictures will get.
Same way you get to Carnegie Hall: Practice! Practice! Practice! (I know: it's an old joke)
I could not say. It is instinctive to me. Perhaps when you let go of your inhibitions and realize that if you shoot 100 shots, that maybe one will be the hero.
By pressing it often!
I'm pretty trigger-happy, so I'm not sure I would have the best answer for this. My philosophy is that you always miss 100% of what you don't take, so why not take as much as possible? I've had some unbelievable compositions that were completely unintentional and would not have happened if I hadn't been clicking away like a mad woman.
comes to a degree from experience
Keep shooting and shooting and shooting... Once you feel you're always taking the same shots then you'll eventually discover how to differ. Simple as that.
Very little of my work is based on decisive moments. My personal photography involves very careful setting and generally long exposures. My commercial work is almost entirely scripted and timed to respond to my shutter, so that's very much the opposite. For almost everything that I do, I press the shutter release button when I'm good and ready. However, I do have a great fondness for street photographers and journalists who can snag very powerful moments, especially the ones which lend themselves to still photography - the ones where we are like looking at a real moment frozen in time and we are awed by this time slice. If we asked them how they do it, I doubt they would be able to convey anything very concrete about it. It's their magic.
Umm in the digital age u can do rapid shots but when everything looks good in the view finder it tends to be a good shot.
I have always had a "feeling" once I look through the lens. I exhale, then push the shutter button.
I guess you don't "know", you just feel it within. It's your eye that tells you what is good and either you have a good or not so good eye.
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