Steve McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #7

Legendary photographer's advice for happy snappers and shutterbugs: #7 'How to shoot in stressful situations'
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 Unlike Magnum photojournalist Steve McCurry you’ll probably never end up ‘shooting’ others while they’re trying to shoot at you. However, there will be times when a situation you’re photographing has its own particular stresses - a best friend’s wedding perhaps, or a once-in-a-blue-moon family gathering. 

Steve McCurry, Karala, India (1996) Steve McCurry, Karala, India (1996)

The old journalistic interview technique is always useful to bear in mind: prepare, then prepare again, then prepare a bit more. You could, for instance, get in the habit of setting yourself a ten-shot, or ten-second time limit when practising your photos in the run up to a big event. On the day however, events can still sometimes overtake you and you might still find yourself crossing your fingers and hitting the 'burst' button. McCurry, as usual, has some better advice. Watch the seventh in our masterclass series to hear what he has to say about how to get the best shot - whatever the circumstances.

Watch the remainder of the series here:

McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #1
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #2
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #3
McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #4
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #5
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #6 
McCurry's One-Monute Masterclass #8
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #9
McCurry's One-Minute Masterclass #10

For a closer look behind the photographs follow the link to Revealed - the true story behind the Afghan 'Mona Lisa'.

For more from Steve McCurry view his memories of 9/11 and follow the link to buy Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs.

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Steve McCurry, Debating Monks, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India (2001) Steve McCurry, Debating Monks, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India (2001)

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