The 3-Level Theory of Performance applied for Street Photography

Old Women in Oaxaca, Mexico by torobravophotography 

Shooting in the streets and capture candid moments is not an easy task, it’s something that you need to practice, master and sometime you need to repeat to find the perfect candid moment.

In this post I want to link a concept that I read from a business blog, which is about the easiest way to classify people in organizations, in summary the post tell us that there are always 3 type of the people.

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In sports Nadia Comaneci (considered the greatest female gymnast ever that won 5 Olympic Gold Medals, including the first ever “perfect 10” in Olympic History) clasisified these 3 type of people as:

“I noticed from a young age there are only three kinds of people in the world. Three kinds of people in the gym. Three kinds of people walking the streets. Three kinds of people working in every company.

  • The first group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do only 7. They make an excuse, or they say, “7 is good enough, why do 10?” These people never win and are the perennial losers in whatever field of endeavor they are in. They cut corners and do sloppy work.
  • The second group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do 10. These people will win, sometimes. They at least do what is asked.
  • And then there is the rare, third group, and I (Nadia) am in that third group. The coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and I always did 15. Always over-deliver. And this is how I won 5 Olympic Gold Medals.”

Now coming back to street photography I encourage you to be part of the rare group, always do more than what is expected, always spend more time in the streets that what you would consider normal, always shoot more photos of the same moment to increase the odds of getting a real candid moment.

Old Women in Oaxaca, Mexico by torobravophotography 

The only exception for me is to spend more time editing, editing photos is important but not as important as shooting, I try to spend no more than 2 min per photo…

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Instagram accounts: torobravophotography for BNW or jair_100 my personal account.

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