I thought I would pass on some of the tips that resonated most with me. And, I like his quotes…
His big themes for the evening were gesture and color. He said there has to be a trigger for getting you to take the image. Gesture is the motion of a person or object that makes you think to take the photograph or presents it in a unique way for you to push the shutter. Maisel had many people shots that illustrated this. The image of his daughter not wanting to be photographed in hair curlers is an example. Can you picture her face?
Cartier Bresson was there on some level. Maisel said, “Try to find a stage and people will come.” He stands in front of a vibrant background waiting for a new subject to fall into the frame. He said that he does this a lot on 42nd street because there are so many folks. And, for photographing people he recommends a big smile and positive, outgoing attitude. He also suggested using your brain and avoiding certain people that look like they might not want their photograph taken. Maisel referred to Paul Graham's color event, like the decisive moment. Click on his page and you will see immediately what Maisel was referring to.
Maisel recommended studying art, not just photography. During his talk he referenced complementary and monochromatic schemes from the color wheel.
He said walk 180º around the subject just to check that you really have the best view. Jay Maisel recommended hearing Duane Michals speak if we had the opportunity. I recommend hearing Jay Maisel. Three hours was short! He carries a 28mm - 300mm lens on his camera and always has the camera with him.