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10-22-2007, 09:42 PM   #1
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Trouble Achiving the good!

I go out, shoot about, roughly 100 images, come back home. out of all the images i only select like 2-3 that i like.

How can i achieve better results?

Like, i feel like iv ran out of things to shoot. Any ideas?

10-22-2007, 09:49 PM   #2
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Well, what do you like about the 2-3 you pick?
10-22-2007, 10:03 PM   #3
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well. probly something like this.

- Exposed correctly
- Meaning behind what the photo is
- Emotional
- Good Contrast

Just good in general.
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Just do not get so wound up on how many images, you keep. This is a craft/art not a task to appease the accountant.

Look around here - there have been threads about how many images are keepers. I know that National Geographic photographers would take around 36,000 slides per assignment (even higher now with digital) - only to get 10 - 20 (on the high side) images published. Just do the math - 2 or 3 keepers out of a hundred images is not bad. So show them off.

For those that you really like - print them on paper and hang them/sell them/give them away as gifts. See what people think - find a group of people who will critique not criticize. Learn to do better by taking more images and judging them with consistent criteria.

Here is a place to start, based on prints, but the idea is there. Oh, and this is very difficult to do with your own work but be cold and hard in your assessment.

12 Elements of a Merit Image - Professional Photographers of America, Inc.

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There are times when I'll snap a dozen pictures and keep 10 of them.

Then there are times when I'll take 1000 or more and still only keep 10 of them

So there's really no magic number.

On my last trip I only took about 100 photos.
Over 50 of them were used in Panoramics, and 14 more were worth while posting.
And that was with bad weather.

I had made the same trip in February, with perfect conditions.
Taken almost 600 images, and no panoramics.
And had around the same amount of keepers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blake Reverb Quote
well. probly something like this.

- Exposed correctly
- Meaning behind what the photo is
- Emotional
- Good Contrast

Just good in general.

I think you can up your percentage of keepers pretty quickly by working on items #1 and #4 on your list of criteria, especially #1. A slight shift in exposure can make a huge difference in the emotional impact of a photo. At my camera club competition last night, there was a picture of some trees that were reflected in a pond. The photographer had overexposed the scene, so the colors were washed out and the print looked flat overall. Had this person gotten his exposure right (or fixed it in his post processing), he would have had a really nice pic. As it was, it was a case of "good idea...bad execution". Figure out what the important element is in your picture and expose for that.
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I shot a drifting event one day....Had about 900 pictures to sort through....Kept most of them, but I simply wasn't happy with more than 5 or 6

It's all about practice, just keep trying to recreate results you liked and you'll get there
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blake Reverb Quote
well. probly something like this.

- Exposed correctly
- Meaning behind what the photo is
- Emotional
- Good Contrast

Just good in general.
I think you need to add more

- In Focus or not and desired depth of focus
- action frozen or blurred (and what were you trying to achieve)
- framing of the image

If we take each of these (now 7) criteria, take your next 100 pictures and grade EACH of them.

It will be easy to decide what you need to work on.

Maybe do this once a month, and see if it is changing or not.

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Happends. When I was in school, one of the most difficult assigments we had was Photo Story. I took about 1500 pictures in the course of 2 days. Only 8 made it to the story.


p/s here's the link to the picture story (small)

Last edited by CombatCamera; 10-23-2007 at 01:25 PM. Reason: Added link

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