Possible Camera Used: iPad
Where to Buy: Walmart, Apple Store
Avg. Cost: $450-$600*
Quirky, fun, and sometimes horrific, perfectly timed photos have been taken with historical monuments for as long as there have been portable commercial cameras to take the pictures. Tourists flock to the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and countless other temples, ruins, and statues to replicate the scenes they’ve seen on postcards or in the movies.
There probably aren’t many postcards with the image of a statue grabbing the tailed of a plane. It just doesn’t have the welcoming appeal most cities are going for. The next time you fly with United Airlines don’t forget to tick the box for the “statue coming to life” insurance. If it’s on there, it’s there for a reason.
Possible Camera Used: Nikon Z 9 Mirrorless Camera
Where to Buy: bhphotovideo.com
Avg. Cost: $5,500*
Using water as an assistant for a perfectly timed photo is always a fun experience. The reflections in still water are phenomenal, especially during the sunrise and sunset. There’s something about the chaos and disorder when the water has been disturbed that should never be underestimated. But it takes a photographer with a sharp eye to see the potential in raindrops, snowflakes, and bubbles.
Yes, bubbles. These liquid orbs reflect everything they see. This exploding bubble once showed a 360° view of the city where it spent its entire life. Then, it popped. And in a moment, it disappeared as though it were part of the world that vanished with the fateful snap of the Infinity gauntlet.
Possible Camera Used: GoPro HERO 10
Where to Buy: Target
Avg. Cost: $350*
Taking photos underwater was one of the dreams everyone had in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but no one ever thought it would be possible. Not only is it possible, but the aquatic world has provided us with some of the most spectacular and entertaining photos.
There’s nothing quite like being photobombed by a fish. It’s not like the fish simply blocked the subject’s face. No. It turned, posed, and stared down the camera person as if to say, “I don’t remember being you before.”
Possible Camera Used: Samsung Galaxy 20s
Where to Buy: Walmart
Avg. Cost: $1,000*
Whether you live on a farm, work on a farm, or visit a farm, thanks to the animals that live there, life is a series of perfectly timed photos. The moments they capture are usually hilarious — for those in attendance, at least. While most people would expect the best moments to come from universally recognized pets like cats and dogs, the farm’s larger animals hold their own.
It takes someone who has seen one too many horror movies and has far too much time on their hands to birth the next generation of Alien films.
Possible Camera Used: Canon EOS R6
Where to Buy: usa.canon.com
Avg. Cost: $2,500*
If you’re looking at the gentleman in the center of the frame with the red shirt and extra tall beer, you’re looking in the wrong place. The real hero of the picture is the father further down to the left, whose parental reflexes were on full display when he instinctively sacrificed his arm to save his kid from taking a stray bat to the face.
Considering how many baseball games are played annually (almost 5,000 from the MLB alone), photos like this don’t come along nearly as often as you’d think. When they do, professional photographers are there to capture everything — like the kid who’s about to be hit having no idea what’s going on.
Possible Camera Used: Sony ZV-1
Where to Buy: Amazon
Avg. Cost: $750*
House pets like cats and dogs have provided the world with some of the best perfectly timed photos on the internet. While some perfectly timed pics are spontaneously unexpected, others are planned. Some pet parents even go as far as to take their fur babies in for professional photoshoots.
Pet photographers are actually a thing, but they’re expensive and not much different than the in-house photographers you’ll find at JCPenney or Walmart’s photoshops. Remember, the photos you take of the family pet might end up on a Christmas card one day, so it should be perfectly timed and perfectly adorable.
Possible Camera Used: Nikon D500
Where to Buy: Amazon
Avg. Cost: $1,900*
Capturing all the best moments in sports doesn’t just mean what happens during the game. There are constantly picture-worthy moments; it’s just a matter of how many are caught on film. One of the more entertaining moments in sports is the celebration players and coaches participate in following a big win or a milestone moment.