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Old Jun 19, 2010, 1:27 PM   #1
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Default How many GOOD pictures to you take.

How many of your Pictures turn out " NICE "
I was shooting birds again this morning and I think
I am lucky to get 1 out of 10 which IMO are Good.
A real nice thing about Digital cameras
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 2:07 PM   #2
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Really good pictures? I can think of less than 50 that I've taken ever.

However, overall, probably 70-90% are technically correct, maybe 40-60% artistically good (and not all of them are technically correct). When I shoot birds, the percentages go down as I don't have the best equipment for birding (my longest lens is 300 mm and I don't have a TC) and I don't practice much as it's not a big interest for me.
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How many of your Pictures turn out " NICE "
I was shooting birds again this morning and I think
I am lucky to get 1 out of 10 which IMO are Good.
A real nice thing about Digital cameras
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I recently photographed an equestrian training event held indoors. I was shooting continuoulsy (3 fps) in 6-12 shot bursts all day long, and ended up with about 4,000 images. About 25% were wasted because of clipping (a hoof or the top of a head), and exposure and white balance issues. About another 25% were wasted because of focus issues.The remainder were all good enough for 4x6 prints, but many of them were part of a sequence, so someone would probably only pick one or two at most, from within a sequence. I probably ended up about a hundred that I would call "GOOD". That's about right for me. Some of the"GOOD" ones are here: Cesar Parra Dressage Clinic 5/20
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 3:45 PM   #5
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How many of your Pictures turn out " NICE "
I was shooting birds again this morning and I think
I am lucky to get 1 out of 10 which IMO are Good.
A real nice thing about Digital cameras
10% is a good hit rate, especially for birds. A famous quote
attributed to the great photographer Ansel Adams:
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop"
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10% is a pretty good ratio for catching birds. My cat does worse.
You have to consider the subject matter. I shoot quite a lot of landscapes, and most are keepers, but I take the time to set up the shot. I managed to let myself be talked into shooting a wedding and reception, and ended up only trashing about 5 of the 500 or so pics. I wouldn't say the rest were great photographs, but they were technically OK, and the B&G wanted memories more than great photographs.
So, I guess the answer depends on how you define 'good'.

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Gordon Parks, 20th century photojournalist, fashion photographer and movie director, once said that if he shot 1 in 20 that he liked and actually published 1 in 36 then he was doing pretty good.

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So far none ,still struggling to get one decent shot.
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However, you must understand the Photographers are very much like Concert Pianists: the more they practice, the better they get.

Just enjoy the fun of taking photos. Then be pleased with your "keepers." Finally shout with joy when those "great" ones come your way.

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I find expecting 10% are really good keepers is a sad stander by my book. if I can't get 70% or more I am failing myself and my job etc.

Practice does help and I have found where I used to get 40 to 50% I can now do much much butter.

By as for those one in a life time shots or ones that need to be hung in an art gallery if I get 20% of those on a 300 shot shooting I am happy, but as for really good keepers I try for at least 70%.

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