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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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34. SHARPEN YOUR SENSE OF TIMING

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CULTIVATING A GREAT sense of timing isn’t often discussed as an essential skill for creating great compositions, which is unfortunate because a split-second decision regarding the precise moment to snap the shutter can make a dramatic difference in the photo that results.

Being able to recognize a great moment as it’s happening (or sometimes, in advance, by anticipating it) and then skillfully reacting in time to capture it—this is the essence of great timing. What does great timing actually look like and how do you cultivate it? Essentially, it comes down to a combination of preparation plus opportunity.

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