a-look-at-photographers-discretion How many pictures to do you take in a shoot? Can we look at all the pictures you take? Can I choose the pictures I want? These seem the most popular questions lately, especially for events that are booked and usually these questions come after the shoot is said and done. My text book answer? "Images are selected and edited at the Photographers' discretion. Artists' reserve the right to edit and release only those images deemed creditable as professional in quality and within the Photographers' artistic standards." The bottom line is every shoot is different and there are variables that contribute to how many photos get taken in the course of a shoot. An adult shoot may require fewer photos taken than a toddler who is running around though a large family may yield more photos. An event obviously will produce the most snapshots as I may be there for hours capturing moments that need to be photographed. But for argument sakes I will breakdown some of the process that goes into a selection of photos. As an example let’s say for an event I shoot off about 600 photos. Before I even put them on my computer I narrow the down my selection by looking for these things: · -Any unintentional fuzziness. Even if parts of the picture are sharp, if other parts are fuzzy and it’s not clear that they were meant to be that way, it can ruin a picture. · -Things that appear to be growing out of people’s heads. Not just from a subject’s head, such things could come from the chest, a foot, or just about anywhere. This is most often caused by a clutter object behind a person. · -Distracting clutter in your pictures. This could be objects, structures, shapes, colors or textures that spoil the composition by distracting focus from the main subject. · Multiple points of interest that compete with one another for a viewer’s attention. · -Crooked lines that can’t be easily straightened without losing important parts of the picture. · -Unflattering facial expressions. Eyes closed. As a rule, I avoid taking pictures of people when they’re eating for just this reason. · -Things creeping in from the edges of the frame. Example: when a person steps in front of the camera just as you press the shutter and you catch a portion of them right on the edge of the frame. By the time I've gone through all this (several times I might add) in my camera view screen I've probably shaved off 200+ pictures. Now it’s time for me to load them to Photoshop elements and review them again. On a computer monitor I am now able to see more of the offenses listed above then on a 3 inch camera screen which leads to more decisive cuts. At this point I could technically sit down with a client and show the photos. Unfortunately, for the client I shoot in the RAW which is only view-able on certain software. Meaning for me, to send all the non-edited photos I would have to save each one individually into a format that is compatible with your computer (i.e. jpeg) and download to a share site. Obviously this would take quite some time or I would have to go to to your home or you to mine for the selection process. Not to mention the fact I would have to wait for you to sift through all the photos and get back to me on which you would like. Photographers often take many shots of the same things to better their odds of doing it justice so you would be there for a while trying to decide. This process is not easy. So the bottom line is to keep your cost low and your turn-around time less than two weeks I decide what pictures you get.

This was pulled from the web I DO NOT OWN IT but I found it pretty accurate. http://simplysweetsnapshots.blogspot.com/2011/08/look-at-photographers-discretion.html