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Old 12-03-2009, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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While doing my annual 'splurge in the bookstore' holiday shopping, I ran across a neat book I had not seen before.

It's 'Fashion Photography, A Complete Guide to the Tools and Techniques of the Trade' by English fashion shooter Bruce Smith.

Let me get one thing out of the way quickly... I don't know this guy, don't have any connection to him, his publisher, any bookstore, ad agency, or whatever associated with the book.

It's a neat book, and he has lots of cool images. I like it.

While skimming through the section on 'creating energy' in images, this caught my eye.

"I keep telling my models that they are beautiful and that the shots we are getting are fantastic. It's important to keep up a positive feeling while you are shooting. It does not matter if you are getting 99 shots out of a 100 that you may not use. As long as you get that one amazing picture from your shoot, you will have done a great job."

Now I know that there are the guys who believe in taking two hours to set up a shot, push the shutter button once, and call it a day. Hey, if that works for you, what do I care...

But it's refreshing to hear a pro say that every picture he takes isn't necessarily a winner.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the heads-up. And I agree about the comment - nice to hear that not every shot is a keeper, even for at least one pro.
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I read somewhere that Ansel Adams had an assistant that reported that Ansel had boxes upon boxes of bad photos. But you see the great ones that he created and get the idea that not all of the photos you shoot have to be good.

In this digital age the delete key works wonders.
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Or, as I read in a book today, "The difference between an amateur and a pro is that a pro has a bigger wastebasket".
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That's a good one.
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But you see the great ones that he created and get the idea that not all of the photos you shoot have to be good.
I've read this sentence three or fort times now but can't make sense out of it.
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I was referring to the great photos that Ansel Adams had created. We all saw those photos but not the ones that were bad.
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Somewhere I read the Adam's goal was one great image a month. That thought has really encouraged me.
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