There are only three types of shots

July 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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I was thinking, in reality there are only three types of shots:

1) happenstance - you stumbled upon a scene or subject, and happened to have a camera there to snap the shot.

2) staged - you planned the shot, placed or posed the subject, and thought about how it would look before you pressed the shutter.

3) scouted (practiced) - sports action, event, and controlled chaos. These are the shots that you have SOME idea of where & how, but ultimately are subject to having NO CONTROL, other than your camera settings, your own position & placement, and HOPE that what you think will happen, will happen when, where, and how you think it should.

Can anyone think of any other type of 'shot'??

There is post-creative, but that can happen with any of the shots.

There is computer created, but that also has little to do with the shot, more to do with the graphic artist and software and ability.

All three types of 'shots' can be taken, with practice, thought, and prior planning... with just about any type of camera. IF the lighting it there, and IF you compensate for what ever the particular camera you are holding's limitations are.

There are some amazing shots taken with camera phones... there are some absolutely terrible shots taken with Hasselblad's. While glass helps, equipment for the purpose makes things better, easier, and faster... it's ultimately the photographers understanding of the equipment they have working with. The angles, lighting, and other things THEY CAN CONTROL in the shoot. Best of luck, practice brings skill, digital offers cheap clicks... and life is like photography, nothing unless developed correctly!


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If you have any questions about photography, please feel free to ask. I might not know the answer off the top of my head, but odds are I can either help you find the answer or know someone that knows the answer. After nearly 45 years of playing with hundreds of different cameras, both film and digital, I probably don't know specific 'make and model' info... but I UNDERSTAND PHOTOGRAPHY, and the PRINCIPLES & CONCEPTS of capturing and creating good to great images.
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