This guest post is a testimonial to two different realities.
First, the power of social media. Chris Corradino and I met on line, then via the phone and now several times over the last couple of years, we've caught up to each other at various trade shows and conventions, usually PPE in New York. He's a passionate photographer, writer and educator. In fact, he wrote a great guest post on mirrorless technology last year.
Second is that old expression, "great minds think alike." In a podcast with Mary Ellen Mark, who the industry lost just a short time ago, she talked about making her students cover up the display on their digital cameras. Why? Because so often they're looking to chimp and think they got the shot. However, the real image, the one with all the power may not have happened yet. It's the whole reason why she loved shooting analog vs digital. As she put it, when you don't know if you got the shot you stay with the scene longer.
Interested in keep track of Chris? He needs to be on your radar. Here's a link to his most recent newsletter which is where I found the great little tip below. You'll find a lot more helpful content on his website.
I see a number of photographers who prepare well, do their research, and get in the right place at the right time only to miss the shot. Why? They got distracted and took their eye away from the viewfinder while their subject proceeded to do something amazing. This is most often a product of fixating on the LCD screen. While it's helpful to immediately see your results, be sure to watch the scene in front of you. By remaining present you'll be ready to capture the decisive moment.