Here are two quotes from a photo hero of mine (and many, many others) Henri Cartier-Bresson:
- Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
- To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.
A simple thing that people often do not look at is what time of day they are taking a shot. If you can, try to take shots within 1 hour of sunrise or sunset (before or after).
As with life itself, the beginnings and the ends of the day are in many ways its more striking and most fleeting parts. The light is softer, warmer, more dramatic. Hence, all the subjects upon which the light shines benefit greatly in the shots that are taken. The inconvenience of being up so early, or breaking away in the late afternoon or dusk are well worth what you capture.