Photography today is very different from what it used to be. Today, the majority of photographers are shooting digitally whereas in the past, the only option was film. Film is a slower process and you usually have to take the film to the lab, wait for it to come back and then show it to your clients. Digital is great for both photographers and clients alike! There is an instant gratification with yourself and your clients. You know you have the shot when you look at the back of the camera, no worries, no anxiety wondering if the lab lost your film or anything like that. But what does that do to us as photographers?
There are many terms used in the industry, such as “spray and pray” referring to over shooting and just hoping to get a good shot. Does digital photography make us shoot too many frames? Why are we rushing?
A good practice for every photographer is to go out and force yourself to only take 12 photos, no deleting from your memory card and starting over! Find a subject, a hard one if you’re up for a challenge, and only allow yourself to take 12 photos. Kids and pets are probably the hardest challenge! Force yourself to slow down and really compose each and every shot. Look at all of the details through the viewfinder before you click the shutter. You will see things a little clearer and it is a little something that can really help you when working with clients. If you force yourself to notice all of the details before you take a photo, imagine the time you save yourself in post production.
Less is more, stop hoping for a great shot and start creating amazing images! 🙂