The first photo we make is rarely the best one. The first photo is just the starting point. We’re probably still looking for the right exposure, for the correct lighting. Even if you found those, we may not have found the right composition. It is therefore necessary to photograph more, changing one detail at a time: Our position, the subjects position, the distance, the height, and so on.
I read about an exercise a while ago, suggested by a photographer. It went like this: Make 36 photos of a garden bench, all different. The same object, 36 different perspectives. The first photos will rarely be the best ones. It is as if the eye is improving with time, and registering details that at first went unnoticed.
When we are photographing people, something similar happens, adding the variable that we’re dealing with a moving subject. Besides paying attention to the variables I noted before, we have to be aware of the model’s poses and reactions, so that we can capture them.
This is why we must shoot a lot, to get to an acceptable final selection.
Not giving up, and keep searching for the right “moments” is very important.
PS – The photo I selected to illustrate this post is one of a series of similar images. The detail that led me to choose this one was the look on the seller’s eyes, that you can see on the right bottom corner of the image. It almost mirrors the look on the poster. I confess that at first I didn’t notice it. Now it’s one of the details I like the most.