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Advice for hobbists... from the PROS??

walk43

Pennsylvania, US
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walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Thu 09-May-13 11:03 AM | edited Thu 09-May-13 11:05 AM by walk43

My question for the pros is "on average, how many pics do you take before you have a keeper?"

I have been interested in photography for 40 years but did not have, or take, the time to really 'learn' the techniques... and master the equipment... until I retired 3 years ago. Digital has has been a technical blessing...allowing me to take thousands of pictures and see right away what works and what does not, and the Nikonians forums have been a wonderful way to help me be a better photographer.

I am now to the point with my D800 and V1 with several good lenses, that I can take 10-20 shots and get results that are acceptable to me (after post processing).


I used to hear that 1 out of 100 was the average and that seemed to be true for me. But now after practice and advice it is much lower...maybe 1 out of 10 or 20.

I am sure that I am not the only one who has gone through this learning curve and I think it would helpful to other hobbiests to know what to expect and provide some hope for better things to come.

This is a terrific hobby for retirees and the rewards can be very personally fulfilling.

PS: My macro work came around rather quickly ...but getting images of small birds with good feather detail at a distance were very difficult for me even with the D800 and my 300 f/4. I took advantage of the low price on the V1 kit around Christmas and picked one up matched with the FT-1 adapter and a 55-300VR. I can now get results similar to the below picture on a regular basis...maybe 1 out of 10 shots. Still not like the PRO's results but at least I am satisfied.

So what do you PROS expect/achieve when shooting small birds or BIF.

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Dan
(Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40)
"I don't read, I just look at pictures" - Andy Warhol

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