As if finding amazing moments wasn’t hard enough, you also have to capture them in the blink of an eye. Especially in the beginning, that can be very frustrating!
Once you shift from finding moments to predicting moments, it gets much easier.
This has 3 major advantages for you:
1) More time to compose the shot
2) More time to adjust the settings
3) More time to develop an idea or story
LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE HOW I DID IT
I captured this moment in the early days of my street photography journey. It was one of the first moments that I predicted:
When I discovered the guy, he was standing in front of the pillar. It would’ve looked great if he hadn’t been slurping noodles like a maniac.
It looked like this, but less cool…
THIS IS HOW I PREDICTED THE MOMENT
His train was about to arrive. Since eating fast food on the train in Germany is a bit frowned upon, I expected him to get rid of the container.
I saw a trash bin not far from him on the left. If he was going to throw it away, he would choose that one. Since Germany is rather safe, he will probably leave his suitcase behind.
That way, he will approach the suitcase from the left to pick it up – just like in a crime movie…
…and he did.
Since I had more time to compose the moment, I paid attention to the geometry in the background. Besides, I captured him right when he passed that door to give him a nice framing!
YOUR NEXT STEPS TO PREDICT MORE MOMENTS
1) Shoot less and invest your time in observing and analyzing people.
2) Pay attention to facial expressions, body movements and walking patterns.
3) Test your predictions over and over again.
The better you become at predicting, the more your street photography will improve! It’s definitely worth the effort and time…because that way you will capture golden moments with more time and less effort in the long term!
About the Author
Vijce is an award-winning fine-art street photographer and coach based in Amsterdam. His label Eye, Heart & Soul empowers fine art street photographers worldwide. Make sure to check out his street photography workshops and connect with EHS on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to level up your street photography game! This article was also published here and shared with permission.