Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Capturing the decisive moment, part of The Elements of Effective Photographs.
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In the last movie we talked about peak action in sports and…wildlife photography.…Photojournalism has an equivalent.…It's called the decisive moment, and I often refer to this as moments of life.…Like peak action the decisive moment is the single image that captures the…action or essence of what you're photographing.…This photograph sums up the story and can stand alone without supporting images…or words, but there's a difference between peak action and decisive moment.…
With peak action the photograph can be judged by sharp focus, stopped action, or…whether the ball is in the frame.…With the decisive moment the standard of success is more emotional and subtle,…and sometimes it depends on the viewer's reaction to the photograph.…You might not know for sure what the decisive moment is until after you've had a…chance to look at the images.…Here is an example.…I wanted to photograph the excitement of horses when they were first let out to run.…
I started shooting as their handler released them.…The horses immediately raced to the far end of the corral and never came back.…
The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer's eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field. Natalie then details the roles of color and light in a photo. She shows how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.
The course continues with a look at movement and how a photographer can convey a sense of motion by blurring part of the image or freezing a fast-moving subject. Next, Natalie explores the concepts of peak action and the decisive moment—those split seconds that capture the essence or emotion of a subject or scene. The course wraps up with a discussion of the roles of planning and research in creating effective photos.