Timing is Everything

Whether you have a professional, prosumer, entry level or phone based camera, you know that there is a slight delay in from the pressing of the shutter to the actual image being recorded.  This is the timing, the groove, the “it” factor.  When you have reached the point that your intimate knowledge of the equipment is so adept that your timing is instinctive.

Consider the impact of the photo of a batter hitting a baseball.  We have all seen images where we don’t know if the ball is coming toward the batter or the batter has just hit it

In this shot we can see the ball compressing against the bat.bat

The message is that the batter has connected and that ball will soon be travelling very far.

This is a more compelling image.

Or Beyonce when she is gorgeous at a concert.

The eyes are connecting with the viewer,

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The hair catching the wind from the fans below

She looks powerful and in control in this image.

But concert photography is VERY difficult to do correctly.

Because the smallest expression can become magnified and in interpreted.

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While this is not the most flattering of images, she is a performer and became a victim of unfortunate timing.

If you have ever seen any singer/performer these days, they are putting on elaborate shows and this one picture has led to much unfair criticism of her performances.

Then there are times that the image tells the story of you know what is just about to occur and it needs no caption or setup.

Water all over and a ball in the face.

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There are web sites devoted to just showing these images.

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The pictures tell the story.

The point I’m trying to make is that the gear doesn’t matter.  Your knowledge of the gear does.

Sources:

(http://www.zimbio.com/Perfectly+Timed+Photos+Taken+Just+Before+Disaster+Strikes)

http://imgur.com/t/beyonce/id6lfCs

Or just go to Google images and enter this text “right before an accident”

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