Composition – Timing is all – part 1

Okay, we always have to watch out for the right moment to press the shutter release button.

But there are compositions, where timing is really all – the most important element.

And mind you, this isn’t easy – no way.


Whenever timing is all,

be aware of the fact  that you’ll have to delete most of your photos. You can be called really lucky, if you manage to get one good result or even a few ones.

No matter how experienced you are.


When timing is all,

everything depends on your ability to react quickly, sometimes even as fast as lightning.

It’s like seeing something and reacting on it simultaneously, like an instinctive reaction. And this isn’t easy, because usually you see at first with the eyes, then with the brain (process of seeing), then the brain has to send an “order” to react, then you can react and press the shutter release button (process of reacting).

All this are different processes and each one further on has already several different steps.

But when timing is all, all these different steps have to become sort of one single step.


This can only be managed when you are in a real good condition.

Thus forget about any trials when you aren’t, e.g. when you are tired or don’t feel well.

Then the interval between the process of seeing and the process of reacting and the intervals in between all the different steps are just too long. You’ll definitely miss the right moment and all photos can be deleted.


Timing is all compositions are generally compositions with photo subjects moving quickly – with an even extremely high dynamic.

Timing is all shootings can be sort of planned generally or can happen by pure accident.


Sometimes, depending on the situation at the location, camera settings can help a little bit.

A short exposure time e.g. is really helpful. But nevertheless your ability to react is always the most important element.


A final tip for now:

Don’t only  look through the viewfinder in order to get the right moment. Whenever you see your photo subject in the viewfinder as such, it’s already too late to react – in nearly all cases.

Either cover the viewfinder and look at the photo subject directly or look through the viewfinder with one eye and simultaneously with the other eye directly at the photo subject.


In the next part I’ll show you some examples for generally planned timing is all shootings and give you some more tips.


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