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The Photo Shoot

I was helping Nathan with a photo shoot today and asked the model if I could take a few pictures as well.

She was kind enough to let me.

I snapped hundreds of pictures, and ended up with a handful I really like. And since I have a digital camera, that's exactly what I should be doing. My hope is that as I take more and more pictures, I will discover what I like, what works, and what is just plain awful.

That's the best way to learn: To do it.

I used to film everything, hoping to catch "the right moment." After several years of shooting everything and cutting out the footage that wasn't any good, I learned what good footage looked like and what was useful. The same is true, I'm sure, of photography.

The more you look through the photos you take--and as you delete the ones that are no good--the more familiar you will become with what kinds of framing you like and what you don't.

So snap away! The shutter bug is a good thing... especially now that we have digital cameras that let us take hundreds of photos at a time without any processing fees.

For your inspiration, here's four shots I really liked from today:

Lyndsey 1

Lyndsey 2

Lyndsey 3

Lyndsey 4

Four shots I really like out of all the pictures I took. That's almost a ratio of 100:1. So remember: Keep snapping!

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor


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I like 3 a lot! She did a great job today and I"m very happy with how it all turned out!

Luke Holzmann said...

Totally! <smile> Thanks for letting me be a part of the shoot.