What REALLY matters in a photo shoot…

I’ve noticed a trend among photographers of late to post an image followed with the camera, lens and metadata of how it was shot like:

Nikon D810

Lens: 70 -200

ISO: 100

Aperture: F 2.8

Shutter speed: 1000

and so on.

…and everyone is eating this stuff up.  Like if I get all this technical stuff the same as the example image I’ll have great photos.  That’s the wrong direction folks.

I’m not one of those who say the camera and technical details don’t matter.  They do.  They matter a lot.  But it isn’t until you have them mastered well enough that you aren’t even thinking about that stuff that you get great photos.  It is then you can focus on what really matters.  What is the photo communicating?  How do I make it pop?  How can I pump up the aesthetics?  The mechanical things become like driving a car.  You don’t think “now I will apply the brake with exactly this much pressure” when a truck pulls out in front of you.  You just do it.

I know this won’t gain me a million followers.  That too doesn’t matter.  But the message is: Focus on the beauty of the shot and what it communicates and you’ll have a winner every time.  You do have to master the technical stuff, but do so with the goal of getting to the point where you just don’t even have to think about it.  It gets in the way.  Focus on the creativity and the subject in front of you.  A shout out here to Stephen James with nxtModels for some great work (and creativity).

(p.s. the metadata above is only an example, not the actual specs of this photo).

fashion photographer, mark stout

Lifestyle photo shoot, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved

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