The Photo Process


I’ve decided to share how I go about picking the best out of the pictures that I take.

Rarely if ever have I gotten a fantastic photo on the first shot. The one above was the 13th I took in the set, however it was only two of 54 total shots that I actually liked. This is pretty average when I’m the one taking the photos of myself. When someone else takes them for me, I usually only have them take around 7-12 because I don’t want to be annoying. BUT, it usually pays off to have lots of photos when photographing people. It’s different for shooting landscapes because you can just take the time to set up a few shots exactly the way you want them and you won’t have “missed anything” in that time, unlike photographing changing subjects (like people).

So, okay: I’ve finished taking the shots. I slip the memory card in the photo slot and download the files. Then I go through the photos one by one, and there’s usually only 1-4 shots that I like. Then I edit and voila! For this particular shoot, there were only 3 that I liked enough to bother editing, then after that, only 2 of them that I still liked.


Basically for this shoot:

  • took 53 pictures
  • edited 3
  • only liked 2

Which means less than 4% of the photos I actually took for this shot will ever end up being seen by people.

On average, I’d say that’s the usual per every 50 shots I take.

SO, when people comment on how great my pictures are and how awesome I look in them all the time and how impressive it is, I laugh because they don’t know how long it takes to get just one good shot and I had to go through dozens of pictures looking like the ones below before I got just one good one.


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  1. I agree about people, but disagree about landscapes. Most nature photos I’ve done, including landscapes, I find all sorts of variations on point of view, how close to foreground, how much of the sky to include, focal length, etc. etc. You’re right if all you do is set up in one place, shoot and you’re done. But that’s not a good way to get the best landscape shot. I think with any type of photography, the more pictures you take the better.


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