Street Photography Tip – Slow Photography

If you’ve taken a workshop or a photo tour with me you’ve probably heard me talk about slow photography. I talk about slow photography in reference to composition in street photography.

Composition is perhaps the number one aspect in photography that you can’t correct after the fact and which will make your work stand out.

Everything about New York City and street photography practically dictates that you should move fast. Maybe that’s even more reason to go slow.

Monochrome Street Photography
Cowboy in Chinatown, New York City, 27 August 2017

When you look at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson it’s important to realize that in the majority of his work he waited for the right light and shadows and human element to enter the frame. The decisive moment is 90% perspiration and 10% luck.

You make your luck through being patient and awake enough to shoot at the best moment. The majority of the photos famous or not that you see with amazing composition, didn’t happen through sheer luck.

It’s easy to go fast. Maybe too easy and it doesn’t give you a higher percentage of getting a good shot. When you go slow there’s more opportunity to really “see” what’s going on around you.

After learning how to get your camera to do what you want it to do, the most important thing is training your vision which is also about discovering your style and focusing on composition. I often remind myself to go slow!

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