A wise man once said that there is nothing new under the sun and so it is with capturing people with the camera. Photographing the “decisive moment” is more about what to look for an anticipating what is going to happen anyway. While photographing RED at the local arena I noticed that the lead singer Michael had a tendency to stay on stage right and liked to jump around while guitarist Anthony Armstrong liked to jam on this rafter. All I had to do was frame the shot (noticed I included drummer Joe Rickard since he was rocking the drums) and wait for the shot that was going to “spontaneously” happen.
When deciding to photograph people or pets remember that they rarely do something unusually. We are all creatures of habit. So the next time you photograph people or pets take a few moments to watch and listen. This was you can properly anticipate awesome photographs that make you look like a genius.