How many pics do yo take before you get a good one?

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  1. Kawi_T

    Kawi_T TPF Noob!

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    I've been taking tons of pics with my new nikon. 99% of them are crap. Just wondering how many of your pics you just delete before you get one that looks nice.
     
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    Don't delete until you are finished shooting. Shoot as many as it takes. Do not rely on your postview screen, it lies. Rely on histograms, they make everything easier!
    Here is a great link to a nice piece on histograms. Clink on the link to the right titled "Histograms & Light Meters": http://sekonic.com/classroom/classroom_2.asp
     
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    I may take 50-100 photos or more on a job shoot but I only pic less than 10 usually to be published. Though I save them all for any future use on a project. Though im a photojournalist so what I do will be different than others. Over time you will find out what works for you, ive known some photographers go out on a shoot and take a few photo and vice versa, but one thing remains did you get THE SHOT.
     
  4. astrostu

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    For average sight-seeing, I generally keep 1/3 of the photos I take. When I go out and try to shoot something specific, or the one job I did, it drops down to about 1/6.
     
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    Heres hoping 99% is an hyperbolization of the situation.

    Crap how? Bad lighting, blown out spots, weird color balance?
     
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    I feel that 30% of my stuff is deleted automatically. I'd go around 20% is workable and maybe 10% is usable. But I only thing 1% of my stuff is portfolio worthy (I can be hard on myself). That is for a typical shoot.
     
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    Don't know, I'm still counting... :p
     
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    Difficult to say really. I could only go on the basis of a recent example. The 7 shots shown on the two threads below were taken from a total of 39 I took that morning. That's not to say that the others were particularly bad, I just didn't choose to use them and might choose to work with them at a later date.

    Plant Study I-VI

    Plant Study VII

    On the face of it, that would look to be a pretty good hit rate, but other days I've taken more and come away with nothing worth taking any further.
     
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    some of my very first images were pretty good. limited by my that time equipment, but composition and exposure were great.
     
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    None, oh, I shoot film......never mind. ;)
     
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    Just to piggy-back on what Double H was saying about not deleting your photos until your done shooting: When you delete directly from the camera you run the risk of corrupting your memory card or the other files. Its also a good practice to reformat your card after you download you pictures. Reformatting makes sure that you are starting your next shoot with a clean slate.
     
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    Kawi: I have had the same question recently. Once I took 500 shots and narrowed it down to 20 shots that I thought were decent enough for a photo book.

    One of my biggest problem was camera shake/blur - so now I am looking into buying a tripod.

    Also, I have a tendency to keep shooting indefinitely (since its digital) hoping that some shots will come out good. One advice I got was to not blindly keep shooting pictures, but think before each click; take a few seconds to think about what you want to capture.

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