Boston – Photo Tip
Take better photos. By waiting.
I love shooting in Boston as it's a historic city both inside and out – and packed with photo opportunities. There's a wealth of street photography to be found in its museums, campuses, marketplaces, neighborhoods and parks.
One of my favorite ideas is to look for a composition that I like, then add a moving component to bring it to life: people, vehicles, whatever. That helps make the overall image even better. By noticing the degree of activity, I estimate how long it might reasonably take for those moving components to appear properly within my composition. Then it's just a matter of waiting for the right moment to click the shutter. In this photo at the Museum of Fine Arts (below, I waited for someone to move through the composition of sculpture and painting in a way that would parody the artwork. I later used the same tactic to wait for visitors listening to a Freedom Trail guide (above) to line up in a way that best completed the composition.
Street photographers need both time and patience to wait for that perfect moment to happen, always anticipating when to have the camera ready and aimed at the right spot. Knowing the right settings has to be second nature, of course.