Oftentimes, capturing the perfect moment is what makes a photo special. But as important it is to catch it, it’s equally easy to miss it. In this video from Adorama, David Bergman offers some tips and examples to help you train your eye and never miss “the decisive moment” again.
Photography has been with me for as long as I can remember. In my childhood, my father had an old Zorki camera, the Russian Leica II copies, and he had a habit of developing films from our trips in the darkroom. That place with unfamiliar smells and substances had a unique charm for me.
I always asked to be there and learn myself the process of film development, as seeing the blank paper turn into an image was magical to me. Later on, I was accepted to the Faculty of Art and focused on visual arts and analog photography.
Sometimes you have to build your own ‘decisive moment’, and it can take some time.
It was another normal saturday park walk, my camera was carelessly hanging from my right hand as I walked with a few not-that-great shots on the memory card. By that time I already had made peace with the fact that the day would not bring me any amazing images but then something caught my attention, I noticed that someone had written a sentence on the wall of the park’s pedestrian bridge (the sentence is in portuguese, I live in Coimbra, a lovely city right in the center of Portugal):
It is not normal for a woman to be afraid of walking on the street alone!!!