I have been dwelling on this particular topic for a number of weeks now. Though have only just managed to find some time to keep the blog up to date! I think Shutter Discipline is a good place to start after last week’s shenanigans!
Shooting daily images for the ‘Daily Fifty’ has been an amazing new learning curve for me. It has taught me no end about how there are times to, and NOT to motor drive your DSLR. Just because you’ve got 14 Raw Frames per/second, doesn’t mean you should use that rate all the time. Nor does it mean never use it. There is a time and a place for every feature on your camera, regardless of what model or brand.
Firstly, what do I mean by shutter discipline?
To some this might be self explanatory, but to others it may not. Shutter discipline (in my terms) refers to disciplining yourself, to only take a picture, when you have nailed the shot in camera. Definitely not strictly, as what if you want to check exposure or metering or a multitude of other things. But for when you are actually ready to capture the moment, wait. Do what you have to do to gain that perfect composition to portray the emotion/story/mood in the best possible way. Using this technique will save you time, money, energy and hard drive space! It will also make you think about angles, depth of field, focus and all these other aspects allot more intently. This will in time show in your quality of shooting images. A fabulous example of less is more!
Secondly, disciplining yourself to only shoot a picture (within reason) when you have nailed all of the aspects that make a good photograph (For your particular style/scene), is an absolutely great way to save time, and storage space. If you are anything like me, you have an enormous amount of internal and external storage. Terabytes of data backup up. Using this technique will save you SO much time later on when you come to process/edit these photos. It’s really quite relieving when you have to throw away less images, because most of them are keepers. Rather than the other way around.
Try it out, I think you will be surprises how effective and uplifting this technique can be when utilised to it’s fullest!
Of course there are many times when high frames per/second is absolutely essential, but this is just a technique is use, when shooting my Daily Fifty images.
Here is a screen shot of the Video Blog I will be uploading shortly:
New Studio update Video Blog coming soon! (Extremely excited to show!)