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08-09-2009, 02:17 PM   #1
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What's your keeper ratio?

Usually mine is around 10 out of 100 photos.

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Depends what I'm shooting...
Models allow for lots more keepers, but there certainly wouldn't be as many of those 'top' shots.
Kids shots can range from 0% to 10 or 20%...
Other fast action shots would be less than 10%...
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A lot better with the K7
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What's a keeper?

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10 in 100 seems pretty high for me. Maybe 1 in 100, maybe.
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I actually seem to keep about 50% or better of my shots. I do tend to collect a lot on my computer though even if they arent the greatest I tend to hold on to them.
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Depends on what I am shooting but usually I keep it all. I cant afford to expend 10 cameras every 100 photos.

If you mean about the ratio of decent pictures per 100 shoots then my ratio is 2 (2 keepers per shoot)
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I do a lot of indoor sports photography, mainly water polo and martial arts. Because of bad lighting and lack of money I started to use fast manual primes.

What I noticed was that I got a lot more keepers with my manual lenses. Knowing the sports help me anticipate what is going to happen and the manual lenses had me plan the shots better. The last session I took around 100 photos with a keeper rate of over 50%. These are photos that are used by the clubs for their websites and for printing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jimH Quote
10 in 100 seems pretty high for me. Maybe 1 in 100, maybe.
I can't decide whether my keeper ratio is so low because of a lack of subject matter or a lack of imagination & skill on my part.
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ok guys my e ky is brokn unlss i slam it so bar with m....

on a wdding i usd to includ about 90% (900 of 1000), and I would say that i had 90% kprs. ths days, howvr now i tak out a lot mor and includ somthing lik 6 or 8 hundrd...

i would say that during an ntir day i hav about a tru 75 or 80%

this computr sucks
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I keep most of what I take(except if they are test or blury shots). If there is any particular shot I would like to go back and redo later on,I've got something to look back on for reference.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MJB DIGITAL Quote
ok guys my e ky is brokn unlss i slam it so bar with m....

on a wdding i usd to includ about 90% (900 of 1000), and I would say that i had 90% kprs. ths days, howvr now i tak out a lot mor and includ somthing lik 6 or 8 hundrd...

i would say that during an ntir day i hav about a tru 75 or 80%

this computr sucks
lol, that was the funniest post I've read in a while.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
What's a keeper?
Something you don't delete maybe with a
DSLR? If film, the ones that produce good prints?

A perfectly composed and exposed shot?

Pics you may get paid for and or show off to family and friends?
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I use ratings in my cataloging program, which allows me to identify several levels of "keepers":

- First, I should mention I may delete some in camera if they are out of focus, badly under/overexposed, and I have an obviously better shot of the same subject. But by this definition, it's probably 90-95% keepers.

- Once imported to my computer I have some pictures I'll rate "1" - my lowest rating. I usually end up deleting these when I'm done.

- The ones I rate "2" don't get deleted, but I don't bother doing an PP or even generating any JPEG's from these. They get cataloged and archived, that's it. These are "keepers" only in the most literal sense of not actually being deleted. Maybe 80-90% of what comes off the camera.

- The ones I rate "3" or higher are the ones that get any attention at all, then. I may do some PP, and I'll definitely generate JPEG versions - medium resolution, big enough to view full screen or print 4x6, small enough that I can have as many as I want on my laptop internal drive forever. These are keepers in the sense that these are the images I actually have on my computer and have available to look at. This is maybe 30-40% of what I shoot.

- The ones I rate "4" or higher are the ones I think are special enough to post or otherwise share with others. I'll share some 3's sometimes if I think someone might be interested enough in the subject itself to want to see images not special enough to otherwise merit a 4. The 4's are the top 10%.

- Someday I plan to go back through my older images and identify a few as 5's - these are the ones that I still think about and can still see in my head years later. I've seen no point in giving anything this rating during my initial rating period (which is usually during my first viewing of the images), but the idea of going back and letting the test of time tell me which deserve 5's is appealing. This would be *way* less than 1% - I'm thinking on the order of 1 in several thousand.
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Depends on what you count as a keeper? I 'keep' around 70% of my shots, but I would only show around 10% of them!

If it's in focus without chopping someones head-off then it's a keeper!
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