Landscape Photography: Quality vs Quantity

When you’re out on the field taking photos, typically there are two ways you can work. You might either spend hours and take a handful of photos, or take lots and lots of photos within a very short period. And it’s important to note that each of these methods has its own set of advantages and challenges. While working hastily ensures that you have a greater pool to select from, working patiently lets you emphasize on high quality and precise work. Landscape photographer Nigel Danson prefers the latter category, and in this video he explains how the method brings him more success:

“I’d rather end up, at the end of the year, with a a few amazing shots rather than hundreds of average shots.”

Spending a greater amount of time taking fewer shots means that you can pay more attention to the details in each shot. This way, you take that extra bit of time to fine-tune the image and make it near perfect. You really get to analyze the nitty-gritties of your composition when working patiently. The benefits of spending more time on fewer shots will come together and help you improve the quality of your work by miles. There’s also the added benefit of having to spend less time going through photos while working in post-processing later. You’ll save a ton of storage this way too.

“If you take multiple shots, you’ll end up getting multiple average shots.”

When you’re out for some photography, keep this idea in mind and try investing more time per shot. Sure, there might be a better shot, but don’t worry about that. Focus on a few shots and give them your best.

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2 responses to “Landscape Photography: Quality vs Quantity”

  1. KC Photographers says:

    Wow I salute the philosophy of this guy, totally

  2. Wendy says:

    While it’s true that there’s an awful lot of “average” photos that might have been “great” with a little more time taken in the composition, it’s also true that landscapes don’t ALWAYS lay there until you’re “ready” to take the picture. Some of the best landscapes I have have been shot out of a moving vehicle, with only a matter of seconds–or less– to frame and press the shutter. Not to mention all the images where the sun (or moon) was only in the right place for a few moments; maybe you had time to prepare for it, but then again, maybe you just stumbled across it.

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