Don’t think you got it yet.
Sometimes you’ll just walk the street and see an amazing scene and start shooting. How to know when you have the good photo ? With experience you know it as you click it but that won’t happen tomorrow if you barely use your camera. When I started I went for photowalks in the streets, witnessed interesting characters and start shooting a couple of photos then I discretely put my camera away and keep on walking fearing I was getting spotted and that people would give me a hard time. When I got home and looked at the photos I was disappointed, I had very few shots and none of them would make the cut.
From these failures I told myself I needed to focus more on the precise moment I clicked the shot. I use rangefinder camera and it’s easy to setup my camera for the scene with the proper aperture and speed so I can anticipate the precise moment when to hit the shutter. Even though you anticipate you can always be a little early or a little late. That was not about preparing my camera the best way and anticipating, there was something more to it.
I started to shoot plenty of photos of the same scene, eventually using the burst mode to make sure I wouldn’t miss the perfect moment. One day I spotted that French lady in the streets of Shoreditch. I shot probably 10 frames and though I had the good one. Come on! 10 photographs, I should definitely have a keeper. I did not.
Shoot plenty more.
I guess I had to shoot more but my chance had gone. The lady moved on. I eventually met with her again few minutes and few streets away, the light was good, I shot 10 more frames that time and decided to ask her to pose for me for 10 more shots. I didn’t really care about the mount of photos I could take. At some point she looked surprise of the amount of photos I was taking. I eventually got it. From now on I would set this as a rule, I had to shoot 100% more than what I though was enough.