Less is More…

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! 🙂

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this 12 photo idea…. I’m going to be trying it out this weekend!! THANKS! 🙂

    1. Kelly Segre says:

      Wonderful! You will have to come back and let us know how it works for you! 🙂

  2. Susan Eckert says:

    Love the thought AND the image – STUNNING!
    : )

    1. Kelly Segre says:

      Thank you! 🙂

  3. Olympia says:

    I’ve officially adopted the 12 image process…. once a week… It was both a creative and fascinating experience, I’m excited about how it will develop my proficiency… 🙂 THANKS!!! 🙂

    1. Kelly Segre says:

      Hooraaaaaay!!! 🙂 So glad it works for you! (((hugs)))

  4. I like your “Spray and Pray” saying, I have a few photographer friends that use that technique. Shortly after I bought my first DSLR, I got a tip from a fellow photographer that had switched to digital a couple of years before myself that was, “If you wouldn’t shoot it on film, then don’t shoot it on digital.” It makes sense to me and I’ve done my best to live by that. Back in the days of film I would shoot a wedding and come away with several hundred photographs for the newlyweds. I know photographers now that shoot a wedding and have five thousand images at the end of the day! They don’t necessarily have any more keeper than I have…just many more hours of sitting at the computer culling through all those shots looking for the keepers.

    Twelve shots in one sitting…sounds like all I get with one roll of 120 in one of my medium format cameras…and sounds like a good idea!

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