Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Photography Lessons From USA Network's The Moment

I really like USA Network's new show The Moment. In each episode someone is given a second chance at achieving their dream career.

The series premier featured an amateur photographer who dreamed of being a sports photographer. She was given two weeks of intense training and then was given an assignment by sports giant ESPN. If they liked her work, they were going to offer her a job.
Ball Defying Gravity - Hesperia, California
My one attempt at sports photography.
I made several observations about photography while watching this show. First, sports photography is really, really challenging. I knew this already, but it was a good reminder. It is more difficult to create a great photograph with a moving subject than a stationary subject. With professional sports, where everything moves so incredibly fast, the difficulty is increased even more so.

Second, photographic vision is key. If you don't have vision you don't have a great photograph. You have to know what you want to create prior to creating it. The person in the show who was attempting to become a sports photographer really lacked vision. She seemed to rely heavily on volume and luck. However, she had a moment of vision and made the photograph happen. That one photograph would change her life, because ESPN loved it and offered her a job.

Third, the Decisive Moment is also key. A fraction of a second can be the difference between a good image and an amazing image. You have to be ready. You have to anticipate.

Fourth, it is good to have good luck. One great photograph seen by the right person can change your life.

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