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Old 07-06-2007, 07:57   #1 (permalink)
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Too many photos?

i just got back from a vacation to New York City and a few friends i was with criticized me because i like to take multiple shots of the same subject. ie. i have 17 shots of the crysler building. is this wrong? is it useless or what?
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:06   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Too many photos?

Well, I'd argue that you can't have too many shots of that building!

I tend to get initial shots in case I lose the light/opportunity/moment and might try various settings. Multiply that by improving light/opportunity/moment and the total soon escalates.
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Re: Too many photos?

You take as many as you want to after all you are not buying film are you?
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Re: Too many photos?

thats the beauty of digital. shoot to your hearts content........ your friends are not processing them or paying for development so tell them to mind their own! lol

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Re: Too many photos?

Well I would also take a lot of pics specially if the light is right and I might not be back in the near future. However, what I would do is decide which of the 17 are best and delete the rest. On average I delete about 1/3 of what I take. Of those I would probably only fully process one or two shots and print. I assume you did not show your friends all 17 shots.
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Re: Too many photos?

I suffer from the opposite; I'm always looking for a new approach to photographing a subject, particularly if I've seen it many times. I've been to NYC about six times in the last five years and I can honestly say there have been days where I've not pressed the shutter at all on either of my camera bodies.

That's not to say that there aren't things to photograph in NYC It's just that more or less everyone knows what NYC looks like from 5'9" up (eye level) and from atop the famous landmarks... I want to do something different but, owing to schedules, I don't always have the luxury of the time to do so.
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Re: Too many photos?

Lots of shots taken at different angles, see them on pc, decide which ones work best ... good way to work, I say
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Re: Too many photos?

I had a friend make a similar comment. We were at the giraffe exhibit at a zoo and the comment was "God! You're the giraffe paparazzi!" in a sarcastic tone.

I got the pefect shot and she didn't - guess who's laughing now.

You take as many as you want to. I always do.
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Re: Too many photos?

The best thing about digital is that you can take several thousand shots and keep them all! The only shots I ever delete fully are the truly awful (poor focus, bad exposure or unbearbale camera shake). Everything else lives forever on our network backup system.

I also load everything onto my desktop and laptop, showing them as a continuous slide show through the built-in Apple screen saver. I gradually delete the images I'm not so happy with but they live on in the network backup, in case I change my mind.

Look at it this way: thanks to Moore's Law, storage will get smaller and cheaper faster than you can fill it up. This is the exact opposite of the case with film and I speak from experience. Despite getting rid of many, many negatives and prints, I still have 10 storage boxes full.

Because of the bulk of film, you have to be ruthless with what you keep. Digital is another matter. So I say, 17 shots? You should have shot 170!
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Re: Too many photos?

I think you can never take to many shots. I just returned from a vacation thru 4 states and took over 1800 shots. It was wonderful because I came home with out the thought that I missed something. Keep shooting
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