Tuesday Tip :: Wait For the Shot


The other day, I went with a friend to do a shoot just for fun with another friend. It was a great setup on top of a parking garage and included guns, hot shoes and great hair.

During the session, I realized a big difference between myself and the other shooter. I clicked once and knew I got the shot. My buddy, on the other hand, went *click* *click* *click* for each shot. At least three times he clicked the shutter.

I realized then that everyone shoots differently. I shoot with a goal in mind. I know what I want to see in my image and wait for it before I click. My partner waits for the shot and then bambambam gets a few shots around it, just to make sure.

Both are totally okay to do. But with my way, I know that I will have less time to take out of my day to sort through the images. And that means more time for other things. In my life, the less time I have to sort through images, most of which I’d end up not using, the better!

So, how do you shoot? Are you a papparazzi shooter, firing off a bunch of frames or are you a patient shooter, waiting for the image to line up in your frame before you click?

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3 Comments on Tuesday Tip :: Wait For the Shot

  1. Mary
    July 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm (7 years ago)

    I use to click away because I need to make sure that I would get it! But now….I am more like you. I am more selective now and I continue to become even more selective.

    • Kathy
      July 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm (7 years ago)

      It’s amazing what a difference it makes for your post-processing time, doesn’t it?

  2. Kim Larsen
    July 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm (7 years ago)

    I guess that depends on what I am shooting. When I am shooting performances (music, dance, theatre), I shoot a ton more because I am working in very low light with moving subjects (and usually no additional lighting allowed) and if I don’t take a ton of shots, I may not get a good shot of what I want. When I am shooting portraits, I get everything just the way I want it before I take the shot, but I still sometimes take 2 or maybe 3 because I *always* manage to catch people when they are blinking! I hate taking the time to stop & check to see whether or not they blinked (because by the time I check & then take the picture again if I need to, I have to re-set the shot), so if it is someone that seems prone to blinking a lot or always seems to blink when I click the shutter, I will lean towards taking 2 or 3 shots of everything.


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