The Best Question to Ask Yourself

Next time you're photographing, try asking yourself "What if?"

What if I got down lower?
What if I got closer?
What if I waited to see if that thing happens again?
What if I waited until someone walked into this area?
What if I came back when the sun is lower?
What if I used a slow shutter speed?
What if I move over there?
What if I turned this way?
What if I ignored the fear and instead went over asked to take a few photos of them?

Not every question will result in a better image, but almost certainly one of the answers will be more interesting that if I just stand where I am and shoot from eye-level then move on.

A few other good questions to ask:

What's the subject of the image?
What's the story I'm trying to tell?
What's the message or feeling or mood I want to convey?
What's most memorable about being here?

East Village, NYC, February 2017

East Village, NYC, February 2017

Downtown Manhattan, NYC, January 2017

Downtown Manhattan, NYC, January 2017

Downtown Manhattan, NYC, January 2017

Downtown Manhattan, NYC, January 2017

Downtown Manhattan, NYC, January 2017

Downtown Manhattan, NYC, January 2017