Today’s photography tips come in a pair. Don’t do one without doing the other!
Tip #4: TAKE lots of pictures & Tip #5: DELETE lots of pictures.
This is a picture of my iPhoto trashcan. When you saw the pictures of the chicks last week, you didn’t see the folder full of 130 outtakes. This might seem like a lot, but imagine how much better picture #80 was than picture #1.Well, you don’t actually have to imagine, I’ll show you.
The very fist picture taken? This.
80 pictures later? This:
Way better, right?
So, Tip #4: Take lots of pictures
As you move beyond the first shot, a few things happen: the subject often relaxes and might even start looking comfortable, the light changes, you have a chance to adjust the settings properly, you can experiment moving the camera and zooming in and out for a better composition, and you start noticing things in the picture that you can fix (as I noticed a little pile of chicken poop that mysteriously appeared in the frame). Even if you don’t have time to take 150 pictures, you can probably get at least 2 or 3, and the third picture, I’ve found, is almost always better than the first.
BUT, tip number #4 ALWAYS has to be accompanied by tip #5:
Tip #5: Delete lots of pictures
After reviewing the pictures from the chick photo shoot above, I quickly deleted 130 and saved the 20 best. Make a habit of unloading your camera regularly onto your computer, reviewing, and committing to delete at least 80% of them. What I mean is, if you took 4 pictures of the same thing, there’s probably one best one and it really is ok to erase the other three. You will appreciate five incredible pictures much more than 50 that make you say “meh…”
The next time you pull your camera out to document something, don’t assume that on the very first shot you got the absolute best picture possible. Keep going and see what happens, you’ll be surprised at what you capture! Then, without any guilt, delete any that didn’t turn out great.