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The Decisive Moment

Oct 22, 2014

The Decisive Moment

Henri Cartier Bresson
Henri Cartier Bresson the father of photojournalism transformed the art of photographing people. the norm at the turn of the century was to have subject or subjects look at camera with no motion, emotion and be a still as posable, beyond the technical limitations of the day not being able to capture fast moving subjects and the general populations deference to photography, it was a very big deal to have your photograph taken.
So we were left with all photographs looking the same until Henry Cartier Breson took his camera onto the street and started shooting subjects going along with their daily lives.
Thus photojournalism and all it's sub-genres which include wedding and event photography was born.
When shooting your subject, it does not matter if you are shooting a wedding, Bar-Batmitzvah or event capturing g the decisive moment is vital to produce a striking image.
The decisive moment can be anything.It can the way a Bride & Groom look at each other during their wedding ceremony.
The Best man running at full speed to the Shull as he is the last one to enter!

How to capture the decisive moment ?
Timing is everything, watch your subject, get in to the best position, pre-empt when you think something may happen,know how to use your camera like a well fitting glove on your hand, and with practice comes improved skills.