Mythbusters... interesting and occasionally funny reality program on The Learning Channel I believe. A couple of Hollywood effects guys do experiments to see if modern "myths" hold up to inspection.
For example, a sample "myth"; remember the shot in the original Jaws when Roy Scheider fires a rifle bullet into a scuba tank in the sharks mouth and the shark explodes. Myth... busted by actually firing a bullet into a scuba tank. The tank took off like a rocket, but no explosion...
So, let's consider some photography myths.
Pro's spend hours setting up a shot and then take one picture. Maybe two if it's really critical.
The reality is I've seen lots of contact sheets from top pros in various areas of photography in books and more often than not they've shot a whole roll on the same shot. Not just the same set and model, the same pose...
Sports photographers...obviously since they are strong advocates of the fast advance motor drives they're doing a bunch of similar shots.
Fashion shooters... Contact sheets from a number of top shooters including such stars as Peter Lindbergh show lots of frames of the same shot...
Swimsuit issues... 50,000 images to get the 50 or 60 used. Besides I've seen the videos. Ain't nobody scrimping on the Ektachrome there.
Playboy... Anybody who has seen the Peter Gowland, Ken Marcus, or Arny Freytag videos know these guys burn film like they owned Kodak.
I wonder how many times Ansel hauled the 8X10 up the mountain to get that moonrise just right.
I consider that myth busted.
How about it? Got any photography "myths" you think need busting?
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