In recent months I’ve been shooting almost entirely with my Pentax DSLRs, which now number four.
All of these cameras to some extent – and especially the K-30 – need multiple attempts to get a shot right.
Usually, it’s about getting the exposure at an acceptable level.
By now I’m experienced enough to know how different apertures and shutter speeds will impact the final image, and don’t need to shoot over and over to get the look I want.
On the exposure front though – and especially using old manual lenses – the DSLRs are far harder work than grabbing one of my favourite digital compacts like the Lumix LX3, setting the exposure compensation to -0.3, shooting and getting 90% of the shoots well exposed.
What this means of course is for a photowalk with the K-30 where I might actually take 25 different pictures, because I’m needing two, three, four, five attempts to get the exposure right, I’ll end up downloading 100+ photos from my memory card to edit on my laptop, rather than perhaps 30 from a similar photowalk with the LX3.
Looking at pure percentages, if I keep 20% of photos I make on composition terms, then factoring in the need for say three shots per composition to get the exposure ok, it takes me keeper rate down to maybe 7%.
Sometimes if it takes four or five shots, the keeper rate is down to 5% or even 4%.
In some ways this is frustrating.
But overall I’m comfortable with the pay off.
Because first it just means I’m spending more time out shooting with cameras and lenses I love.
And second it means all I need to do at the editing stage is choose to either keep or delete.
I can continue to avoid having to endure the whole post processing experience, spending more time at a computer tweaking images digitally, rather than being out making photos in camera.
It will be interesting to see how I feel as we enter winter again later in the year and I inevitably drift back to shooting b/w with digital compacts.
My keeper rate should increase again.
How about you? What’s your keeper rate, and are you happy with it?
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