The Power of a Moment


If you wait too long for the perfect moment, the perfect moment will pass you by.

My work has taken me all around the world, put me in historical moments within our world over the last decade and a half, and I can tell you there’s so much power in a moment. A moment has the ability to communicate so much: fear, love, sadness, and above all else hope. The potential of a single moment has away of transforming into action. In my work I try to try to capture the essence of a moment, to tell as story with a single image or a progression of a moving sequence that draws someone to take action.  But how do you capture the moment, it’s is all about anticipation, training your brain to understand and recognize ‘the decisive moment’ here are a few tips to help you.

Get Close:
Get to know your subjects, their connection will pull you closer to understanding who they are and their patterns.  A photographer’s job is not to be a hunter hunting for prey, but rather to tell the story that otherwise may not be told. The closer you get with your heart, the closer you get with your lens.

Anticipate Action & Reaction the Before & After:
Look for the sequence, the begin middle and end. Train your eye as if it were watching the movement in a live view display, then click. Or rather, click. Click. Click. Click. Click.

Train Your Picture-taking Muscles:
Your camera needs to be your partner, and the only way to do this would be to train those muscles to look for the shots. Sometimes you have to allow yourself to be on a trigger-happy mode in order to learn.  Capturing a moment, a precise moment can be painful because how fast it happens and how soon it’ll be over. It’s enjoyable, know that you should cherish it because it, too, will expire.

Train Your Mind To Take A Good Picture:
I treat my mind like a house that needs fine photographs to hang on it’s walls. The prized shots end up in high real estate areas like above the fireplace in the grand ballroom. Patience is needed. Time is your friend and not your keeper. Position yourself in a credible spot and just wait.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. Matt….that is excellent…four point outline for a sermon as well….

    Gary Davidson // Reply