Tip of the Day: Take lots of shots

You’ve dialed in the exposure and got the focus pin-sharp, now all that’s left to do is take a shot.


And you’re done.

Oh no you’re not!

Memory cards are cheap enough that you don’t have to be sparing with the shots you take. It’s not like you’re dealing with a roll of film that has 24 or 36 exposures. Take your time and take a series of shots. Why? Because unless you’re dealing with static things under studio lighting conditions, things can vary from shot to shot. The light can change, the clouds can move, people can move/blink/yawn/pick their nose/pull goofy faces/photobomb you, waves or water can change, or any myriad other things change. Also, if you’re relying on autofocus, sometimes that will sometimes fail you. By taking a series of shots – sometimes I take a dozen, sometimes a lot more – you’re guaranteed to have a good selection of images to choose the best from

Also, it’s also easy to delete any files you don’t want after your shoot so you won’t be cluttering up your hard drive.

Please don’t think for one minute that I’m suggesting a “spray and pray” approach to photography because I’m not. Sure, there are times when you have to crank the camera up to its max shooting speed and let rip, but what I’m advocating here is a “ready, aim … Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!” approach.

Click now, and let Lightroom (or Photo Mechanic) sort them out!

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