The Freedom Trail is a four-kilometer-long path through downtown Boston that passes by 16 historic locations. National Park Rangers, like this guide outside Faneuil Hall, offer tours to sites such as the Old State House, Bunker Hill Monument and Paul Revere House.

Boston – Photo Tip

Take better photos. By waiting.

Photo by Jeff Greenberg

Boston – Photo Tip

Take better photos. By waiting.

I love shooting in Boston as it's a historic city both inside and out – and packed with photo opportunities. There's a wealth of street photography to be found in its museums, campuses, marketplaces, neighborhoods and parks.

Jeff Greenberg
Jeff Greenberg Travel Photographer

One of my favorite ideas is to look for a composition that I like, then add a moving component to bring it to life: people, vehicles, whatever. That helps make the overall image even better. By noticing the degree of activity, I estimate how long it might reasonably take for those moving components to appear properly within my composition. Then it's just a matter of waiting for the right moment to click the shutter. In this photo at the Museum of Fine Arts (below, I waited for someone to move through the composition of sculpture and painting in a way that would parody the artwork. I later used the same tactic to wait for visitors listening to a Freedom Trail guide (above) to line up in a way that best completed the composition.

Street photographers need both time and patience to wait for that perfect moment to happen, always anticipating when to have the camera ready and aimed at the right spot. Knowing the right settings has to be second nature, of course.

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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1876 with 5,600 works of art and has grown to now hold nearly 450,000, one of the most comprehensive collections in the world.

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1876 with 5,600 works of art and has grown to now hold nearly 450,000, one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. Highlights include John Singleton Copley's 1768 portrait of "Paul Revere", and Vincent Van Gogh's "Houses at Auvers" from 1890. Photo by Jeff Greenberg

Jeff Greenberg

Jeff Greenberg

Canon EOS 7D

Aperture
ƒ/3.5
Exposure
1/30
ISO
800
Focal
17 mm

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1876 with 5,600 works of art and has grown to now hold nearly 450,000, one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. Highlights include John Singleton Copley's 1768 portrait of "Paul Revere", and Vincent Van Gogh's "Houses at Auvers" from 1890.

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