Re: Waterfall Critique
- From: Albert Ross <spam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 23:10:44 +0000
On Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:41:20 -0500, Alan Browne
On 10-02-27 14:35 , Albert Ross wrote:
I guess most "professionals" also shoot a load of crap then pick out
the gems later, that's what motor drives were invented for. You can
improve the crap ratio over Sturgeon's Law somewhat, but I bet even
Ansel Adams looked at some of his shots and shuddered
Some people say they get one keeper per roll, or 1 keeper per hour and
Mine often come in runs.
Motor drives have done little (and probably the opposite) on keeper
ratios. They have helped some shooters catch the action in some events
(sports, war, fashion). Generally though, for the attentive amateur all
they do is assure a frame is in the gate when you shoot.
I tend to get early keepers (what inspired - works) and late throwaways.
If I shoot 10 shots or a hundred the keeper n does not change much per
session. Doing still life's in the studio I often nail it on the first
shot and that's it. Done. (But I may have spent half an hour setting
up that shot).
Yes I think that's an advantage in having worked with film, cost per
shot makes you consider carefully before pressing the tit.
I mostly do location work with available light so most of my "setting
up" involves finding a point of view on something that's already
there. Which may include coming back on a different day, or month.
A friend who makes his living with sports photography (mainly hockey and
boxing) has a pretty high "keeper" ratio, but his bread shots are on the
order of 1 per 1000 - 2000 images. He uses a program to sort through
those very quickly winnowing down to 20 - 30 hot shots per event for his
customers (editors, team publicity managers, athletes) to choose from.
Yes I guess bird photographers also work that way, you get to spot
when a picture is coming together and blatting off a bunch of shots
makes it more likely you catch the moment
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