One for my favourite techniques for getting the great shot is anticipation. This is a great technique to practice when photographing people, animals; I even use it these days when I am shooting landscapes waiting for the right moment for a bird to fly gracefully into the frame, where I want it. Many people with their 8 or 10 frames per second machine gun cameras might disagree. But machine gunning a shot can become a lazy habit, may mean you miss the shot and will prevent you from learning the skill of anticipation.
The Newfoundland Lynx
Not only would I argue that machine gunning a shot will keep you from improving as a photographer it will often mean you miss “the” shot. Anticipation is product of study and patience and will develop over time. Also it is something you will enjoy and improve at the more you practice.
The element of luck will creep into the situation from time to time. But to put that into perspective I love the quote from Stephen Leacock: "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it".
Want to be a great photographer? The time honoured answered to that question would be to practice honing you skills.
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