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Must you shoot 700 to 1000 pics?
Old 12-24-2005, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was asked by a model recently how many photos I take during a session and when I told her 200 to 300 if it is a 2 to 3 hour session she said that most photographers shoot 700 to 1000 pics to get one good photo.

I know that I can get some really great pictures before ever shooting even 100 photos.

So my question is this. Do you shoot 700 to 1000 photos during a 2 to 3 hour session to get one good photo?
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Re: Must you shoot 700 to 1000 pics?
Old 12-24-2005, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interested too.

I figure I get one "keeper" in about 80-100 shots. Then again, my keepers might not be as good as another's.
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Old 12-24-2005, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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After a long day shooting something commercial like a line with 20 or so products I have a little over 200 frames that I keep. I delete most of the shots on the spot when testing my lighting and exposure so I probably shoot 400 frames. Of that I have at least 80% that are commercially viable for the client to pick from.

When I'm shooting my girlfreind and she's having a good time I have to call it off after about 400 frames. That would be about 4 hours not including breaks. When I'm shooting her... or people in general, I don't have as much brain capacity to think about my variables because I'm directing and cheerleading... 4 hours of that and I'm wasted. Of that, I have maybe 25% that are worth doing post on.

I would hate to try to archive, cull and cleanup 1000 frames. That would make me crazy. I like shooting a camera a lot more than operating a computer. Besides, with a D1X the buffer jams at 6 frames (RAW)... so I never shoot continuous. Canons can blast through 20 frames in 4 seconds (JPEG), so I can see how you could easily bang off a K of JPEGs.



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Re: Must you shoot 700 to 1000 pics?
Old 12-24-2005, 12:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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like you I have a 1D Mk II and it is impossible for me to shoot that many.

I typically shoot between 150-200 depending on the amount of make-up, clothing changes and set changes.

Lately if, I shoot 30 per outfit, I will get 3-5 keepers..

1000 is friggen absurd..(sorry, I think you know that too!)
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Old 12-24-2005, 12:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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like you I have a 1D Mk II and it is impossible for me to shoot that many.

I typically shoot between 150-200 depending on the amount of make-up, clothing changes and set changes.

Lately if, I shoot 30 per outfit, I will get 3-5 keepers..

1000 is friggen absurd..(sorry, I think you know that too!)

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Yep,

I know it is absurd. I figure the model must be working with beginner photographers who are in the process of learning and therefore must shoot a lot to get a keeper. I usually want to get 2 or 3 really good photos as I do not wish to flood my portfolio with just one model but have a variety to show other models.
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Old 12-24-2005, 01:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i figure i average about 150-200 images, sometimes as many as 300, the deciding factor usually being the experience level of the model. that doesn't include the first 10-20 that i closely chimp while tweaking the lighting-- these i usually toss and then declare to the model that we're ready to go.
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Old 12-24-2005, 01:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, right. I can get 2 - 3 keepers in under 50 shots, and I think that's wasteful.

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Re: Must you shoot 700 to 1000 pics?
Old 12-24-2005, 01:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Man that's nuthin'! I can get a keeper with just one shot -- er, wait, we were talking about landscapes, weren't we? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-24-2005, 01:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That seems really high to me also. I did a shoot last year where we were shooting models from 9 to 5 for 5 days straight. The models would go through several categories swimsuit, sports wear, implied nudity, loungerie, casual wear etc. Each model would change into 4 to 5 outfits per categorie. We might end up with 600 to 700 images per model a day. I wasn't involved in editing but I would say they might have kept half of what we shot. You have to also take into account breaks, time to change outfits, make up, set up changes for each category etc.

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Old 12-24-2005, 02:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I was talkin' 'bout portait. Heck, I can nail a keeper with landscape in one shot too.

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