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    Pressing the shutter.

    One of the general tips I give my students is how to press the shutter, which is a bit like rifle shooting. Stand quite still and try to supress breathing and squeeze the shutter. Don’t jab it, while devoid of any thought.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    I'm with you.. right up to the "devoid of thought" part. (even though some might argue that describes me at any given moment)
    When I press the shutter, my mind inhabits the scene I have composed, exploring and asking questions. While that may sound like a lot of hooey, it simply means that I try to be aware of what my negative and print will show, what it will conceal, what it will suggest, etc. When I take a photograph without this awareness, it invariably shows in the resulting print, whether the shutter was well pressed or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffle View Post
    I'm with you.. right up to the "devoid of thought" part. (even though some might argue that describes me at any given moment)
    When I press the shutter, my mind inhabits the scene I have composed, exploring and asking questions. While that may sound like a lot of hooey, it simply means that I try to be aware of what my negative and print will show, what it will conceal, what it will suggest, etc. When I take a photograph without this awareness, it invariably shows in the resulting print, whether the shutter was well pressed or not.
    Try to blank your mind of any thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Try to blank your mind of any thought.
    Why? There must be something which whispers "now", rather than a moment before or later. How can that be without thought? It is my consciousness which gives the photograph meaning. If it does not have meaning to me, how can I expect it to have meaning to my audience?
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    Listen to it.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    If you're firing a Pentax 67, it is very much like a rifle recoil! Or at least the sound of it is something that will disperse loitering stickybeaks quick smart.
    BTW, there is no right or wrong way to press the shutter: individuals have their own preferences and procedures and when at which moment (of many, many moments) they will commit a scene to celluloid.


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    I think the phrase we're trying to find that is the same as a gun is "squeeze the..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffle View Post
    I'm with you.. right up to the "devoid of thought" part. (even though some might argue that describes me at any given moment)
    When I press the shutter, my mind inhabits the scene I have composed, exploring and asking questions. While that may sound like a lot of hooey, it simply means that I try to be aware of what my negative and print will show, what it will conceal, what it will suggest, etc. When I take a photograph without this awareness, it invariably shows in the resulting print, whether the shutter was well pressed or not.
    You experience is similar to mine. Sometimes as I am pressing the shutter, I realize that something is not quite the way I want it and stop. When that happens the final result is always better. If I am not going to think when I am taking a photograph I might as well go digital and machine gun the camera while a spray the area with photographs ... and the results will be worse.
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    With my cameras I always use the ball of my finger and also take up the free travel of the release. If you watch me release the shutter from 3 feet away it is unlikely you would see my finger move at the moment of release. As an aside I have never liked a "soft release", most shutter buttons are fine the way they are. Even the long travel used in "trapped needle" auto exposure systems can be smooth after some practice.

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    And t
    hen there's Moriyama Daido.
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