5 Tips: How to Capture the Magic Moment

Jun 7, 2018  By Richard Rejino

Image by Constantine Manos

The Leica is more than a camera, it is a way of life.” – Constantine Manos

In this installment of the LHSA “How To” video series, LHSA member, Constantine Manos shares his 5 tips on how to capture the “magic moment.”  Constantine Manos, the son of Greek immigrant parents, grew up in South Carolina. At the age of eighteen, he discovered Cartier-Bresson, the Leica camera, and Magnum Photos – and made his first serious pictures. At age nineteen, Manos became the official photographer for the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood. He joined Magnum Photos in 1964. His books include Portrait of A Symphony, A Greek Portfolio, American Color, and others. In 2003, Manos won the Leica Medal of Excellence out of a worldwide field of 250 entries. His work may be seen at the websites constantinemanos.com and at magnumphotos.com.

In this video, Helen Todd sat down with Constantine to discuss his 5 tips on how to capture ‘the magic moment.’

  1. Think about what you want
  2. Practice so much that it becomes instinct
  3. Know the basic rules
  4. Learn to be invisible
  5. Collect images like poems

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Special thanks to Costa Manos.

Interviewed & Produced by: Helen Todd at Sociality Squared

Recorded by: Kyle Hamman

Edited by: Erik Hogan

Music by: Akashic Records

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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