The Moment It Clicks

Just finished reading The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally.  The premise is as follows:

What you see on these pages is not about a particular place, people, time or cause. It’s not about one type of picture or another. It’s not about sportsmen or fashion models or war or politics or the news of the day.

It’s about being a photographer.

It’s about the sheer joy of clicking the shutter…repeatedly! The sweet sound of the shutter and the explosion that occurs in your head and your heart when you make the shot. The deal is the shot, you know. You make the picture, and you know something just froze solid in a shifting world. Something stabilized, for all time. You just hung your hat on a moment that otherwise would be gone forever and now you can go back and take a look at that moment, be it amazing or ordinary, any time you want.

It’s about your eye in the camera as the light hits just right. It’s about the slight turn of your subject’s face that speaks the truth. It’s about holding your breath as you shoot. It’s about the nerves, the joy and the terror of wondering if you got it. And then dancing about, punching holes in the air when you know you do. It’s about...THE MOMENT IT CLICKS.

This book has some of the most beautiful photography I have seen, along with the stories behind the picture, and tips on how to get that shot... I have managed to take some pretty nice photos in my time, but I do not hold a candle to Joe.  GREAT book!


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