At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

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TacticDesigns
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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

tbcass wrote:

TacticDesigns wrote:

Indeed skater doing a triple spin in the air definitely needs motor drive to capture an optimal shot.

Motor drive!!!You're dating yourself. I do find high speed burst mode valuable for sports. People who don't shoot sports and other action probably don't realize how valuable it is.

+1

LOL.

Yes. I guess that is a film era term! LOL.

I was actually thinking about film cameras the other day.

I was thinking how great the UI of the cameras are now-a-days.

What got me thinking about that is I managed to borrow a Rolleiflex 2.8F from friends of ours.

I was going to try to take some pictures with it, but the focus is not working.

But, adjusting the aperture / shutter, cranking the film advance and then focusing . . . yeah, that set-up does not lend itself well to spray and pray! LOL.

Cameras now-a-days, IMHO, make a lot more shots possible with its AF, auto-exposure (or ability to change exposure quickly) and no need to advance the film! LOL.

Take care & Happy Shooting!

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zackiedawg
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February to April Migratory and Nesting Season
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For me, it's when doing bird and wildlife photography in South Florida in the prime winter months, when we're experiencing the heaviest wintering population of bird species, are in prime nesting season for many large wading species, and into March and April when we are also experiencing the largest number of migrating species coming northbound from the Caribbean and South America, headed back north.

There are hundreds of birds in flight in every direction you turn - the skies are so busy with birds that it's a wonder they aren't running into each other, and at times you can be surrounded by birds flying within 3-5 feet of you, so lots and lots of burst shooting for BIF opportunities that can go on for hours.  And there are all kinds of great rare species and sightings sitting in trees and on the ground that you may not see again in a long while, so you want to capture as many of them as you can in case it ends up being the last time you see that species.

On my busiest birding days, I've exceeded 2,000 frames, starting from 11am and running until sunset at 5:30pm.

On a more typical general photography day, I might shoot 30-100 frames a day.  Maybe double that if traveling to new countries or places, where I might shoot 200 a day.

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TacticDesigns
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Re: February to April Migratory and Nesting Season
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zackiedawg wrote:

For me, it's when doing bird and wildlife photography in South Florida in the prime winter months, when we're experiencing the heaviest wintering population of bird species, are in prime nesting season for many large wading species, and into March and April when we are also experiencing the largest number of migrating species coming northbound from the Caribbean and South America, headed back north.

There are hundreds of birds in flight in every direction you turn - the skies are so busy with birds that it's a wonder they aren't running into each other, and at times you can be surrounded by birds flying within 3-5 feet of you, so lots and lots of burst shooting for BIF opportunities that can go on for hours. And there are all kinds of great rare species and sightings sitting in trees and on the ground that you may not see again in a long while, so you want to capture as many of them as you can in case it ends up being the last time you see that species.

On my busiest birding days, I've exceeded 2,000 frames, starting from 11am and running until sunset at 5:30pm.

On a more typical general photography day, I might shoot 30-100 frames a day. Maybe double that if traveling to new countries or places, where I might shoot 200 a day.

That sounds like an amazing experience!

And I guess the thing with wildlife is that there is always room for the unknown.

It's not like they are running around a track or doing the same routine over and over again. LOL.

You have to be ready for everything, and there will be happenings that only happen once in your trip!

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Barry Twycross Senior Member • Posts: 1,568
Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?
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Motor sports events seems to be mine. I'll shoot 1-2000 a day over a 3 day weekend. Though the ballgame at the weekend might top that, I shot 750 frames in 2 hours. It was a short game, and I'd got the shots I wanted by the 7th innings, so I didn't bother so much with the last few innings, just shot some wider shots of any action that happened.

To answer questions you've asked about work flow, I shoot RAW+jpeg. I import the jpegs into photos and archive the RAWs and forget about them, unless I have a need to make a better version. Unusually, I did an initial cull to weed out the really bad ones, I was thinking I'd weed out the good ones from the 10 frames/sec bursts, but I decided I liked having the entire sequences. That yielded 750 frames.

After a first pass, I had 70 pretty good ones. I selected 17 of those to show to people. I only bothered tweeking the exposure on those 17. Most of that post processing is just pressing the auto-enhance button. If I wanted to do anything more with any of those 17 I'd go find the RAW and see what I could do.

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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

IR1234 wrote:

Amateur cycling event 4 years ago, 22,000 images in 6 hours, although 18,000 was over 3 hours of that. Haven’t done that event in a couple of years due to weather, but expecting to do it again on Saturday. Something like 10,000 cyclists.

Hi IR1234, that is serious numbers.

What is your objective? Do you aim to sell a photo of each cyclist to them and if so do you process and put them all online or something, must be a big operation to do something like that.

But we regularly do running events or triathlons, so 6-7,000 really isn’t that uncommon. And our summer work sees about 6-7,000 per day per camera average. My personal work camera is showing maybe 1.1m on it’s latest shutter, with a global count of 2.1m. We do have another works camera with maybe 1.6m and no rebuild, yet.

Yes, you are being demanding of your kit and I expect you may as well keep updating the shutters in them because they couldn't fetch so much on the second hand market with such shutter counts.

Do you mind me asking what gear you use - pause I will got back and see if it is in your profile. eta yes I see Canon Gear.

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Re: Music festivals
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Moti wrote:

My wife and I specialise in music and stage photography, mainly for classical, jazz and blues concerts. Our biggest yearly event is a chamber music festival in Belgium that lasts two weeks.

Hi Moti, I think I have seen your site before, are you not the couple that claim silent photography so as not to disturb the musicians? My gear is not ideal for such work, my shutter sadly sounds like a small guilliotine

During this festival we shoot master classes, rehearsals, concerts and receptions. We usually star shooting at 08:45 for the classes and the rehearsals and end after midnight on concert days followed by receptions.

This year, we shot about 9,000 photos altogether, from which about 2,800 photos were kept. We shoot only raw and we never use burst, anticipation is the name of the game. This is maybe the explanation for the high keepers rate. We shoot this festival for already 12 years so many things get into routine and are easy to anticipate.

I will go and have a look at your website because it will probably answer the questions, are you pro? how do you connect your images with your clients? and the suchlike.

eta, yes I just looked at your site, it seems you have your special niche with musicians. Nice website.

Working as a team of two, allows us to split, so on days without concerts, my wife does the shooting and I stay in the hotel room doing the processing mainly with Lightroom.

It must be pleasant that you can work with your wife as a team.

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Re: Sports

tbcass wrote:

Because that is where high speed burst shooting is most valuable.

I don't have such a high burst speed sadly.

I will still have a go through.

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Re: Travelling

alcelc wrote:

as well as certain special local event.

From a typical 10~16 days trips (all overseas), depending on the destinations, I could take +/-3K shots back home. Certain interesting local events like the annual street Halloween party of my area, flower show, Lantern Festival etc or certain rarely held religious ceremony that worth to carry my camera for it, would take around 200~400 shots per event.

Hi albert, they sound like events which are probably target rich.

I am not the type of shooters who are looking to produce an art piece, so shall not take a lot of shots on the same object and finally keep the best few, pp to the best and deleted the others.

I use my camera to record a piece of my memory. Hence any images taken during my trip, if can meet with my basic technical standard, will be a keeper. For all of my travelling photos (or individual shooting event) are used to create a slideshow (better and easier playback) in format of video (used to 1080, now moving onto 4K). So more shots would be welcome. I suppose a 10 minutes video (says, 5" display time per shot would mean max 120 shots only!) would be too short to cover a happy 2 weeks holiday?

My video for the last 11 days trip to Holy Land is long as 7.5 hours, splitting up in days of around 30 minutes to longest 1+ hour per each days.

That does sound like a long video though, do you get many viewers for them? Family perhaps but still a long video.

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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?
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David Pavlich wrote:

The ATP tournament in Toronto last year. It takes a lot of shots to get those perfect 'ball on the racquet' shots.

Hi David, yes I can imagine fast bursts are the order of the day for that.

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Re: 200-300

Papa48 wrote:

I'm shooting another annual fundraising event (fifteen spelling bee teams and their three- hour competition) for our local Adult Literacy Center, next week. At the same event last year I shot 200-300. I'll shoot around the same number when requested to do our church's social and learning events. On a really good photo club outing it's usually 100-250. I shoot raw, so it will take hours to select and edit the best of those. That's plenty of work for my aging eyes and brain.

Hi Papa48,

Your numbers seem more like numbers I can comprehend compared to some of the posters on here who shoot sports and get into the many thousands.

And I can understand your comment about processing. For me perhaps I shoot 70 pictures - my editing is usually to process perhaps 10 and they are individual images so I don't need to make them look like a set.

My workflow isn't suitable for processing lots of images, I think if I were doing that I would probably pay for and learn lightroom.

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Re: Chinese Wedding
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Franglais91 wrote:

I am a humble amateur. I Don't take away trade from Professionals - but every year one of my friends asks me to shoot a wedding, usually their own. I do it on two conditions:

1. I Don't get paid

2. I get invited to the party. I love parties

One year it was a Chinese friend. What I didn't know was that there are lots of rituals, visits to both groups of parents to take tea, big feast in a top Chinese restaurant with all the family. It goes on over three days, day and night. And afterwards - the parents offer you a little packet of money that it is rude to refuse.

I think I did about 2000 images over the three days. This is not spray-and-pray. It's carefully recording an important event in the lives of people I care about.

I made my usual choice of the images that I thought were successful and supplied full-size JPG's to the couple. They were used in various albums combined with images from other photographers. There were also some variants produced by the bride (transformation into black-and-white then recoloured manually).

BTW my usual number of shots is as follows:

- one day touristing/travelling = 70-100 images

- Model shooting = 400 images

- normal wedding with ceremony and festivities = 800 images

- 2-hour show with 80 people on stage and I try to get one good shot of every one = 1200 images

Hi Franglais91,

I just took a look at your website, it is nice and clear and I like the images.

It does sound as if you did a lot of work for your Chinese wedding. Hopefully the packet of money was not too small!

The only time I took photographs at a wedding was in France and as I don't speak more than basic French it was find that I was hidden behind my camera the whole time

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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

Kurgo wrote:

The most I shoot is when I pull an all-nighter with a lot of star-trailing included. I'll get to the location in the late afternoon, shoot some 30-50 shots before/at sunset, get to the location for the star trails, then let the camera happily shoot away while I watch something on my phone and try not freezing to death (several hundred shots usually), after that's done I'll either go to a different place in the same location for more star trails with a different perspective or I'll go and take a few photos of the night sky, especially if the Milky Way is clearly visible. Then I'll just wait for sunrise, shoot more pics and finally go back home to be a zombie for the remainder of the day.

Hi Kurgo, I have done a little night photography. I took shots of star trails at a local suspension bridge. It ended up with a 10 or 20 second exposure, I forget, anyhow I took 170 images and hadn't learnt to use the auto function so I had to shoot every one of the images with the remote. At least it kept me busy!

I enjoyed the result though so the effort was worth it.

When shooting the milky way I just do single shots so not so many.

Other than that I have a high number of photos when I do macro or when I'm able to try some wildlife (birds, mostly), but that's rarer at least for me.

Yes rarer for me also but I would like to get back into it. Need a new lens though.

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Re: February to April Migratory and Nesting Season

zackiedawg wrote:

For me, it's when doing bird and wildlife photography in South Florida in the prime winter months, when we're experiencing the heaviest wintering population of bird species, are in prime nesting season for many large wading species, and into March and April when we are also experiencing the largest number of migrating species coming northbound from the Caribbean and South America, headed back north.

Hi zackiedawg, I am envious of your Florida for birds, I have seen how close you can get to them there and it is reflected in the images you can get.

There are hundreds of birds in flight in every direction you turn - the skies are so busy with birds that it's a wonder they aren't running into each other, and at times you can be surrounded by birds flying within 3-5 feet of you, so lots and lots of burst shooting for BIF opportunities that can go on for hours. And there are all kinds of great rare species and sightings sitting in trees and on the ground that you may not see again in a long while, so you want to capture as many of them as you can in case it ends up being the last time you see that species.

On my busiest birding days, I've exceeded 2,000 frames, starting from 11am and running until sunset at 5:30pm.

That is a lot of images

On a more typical general photography day, I might shoot 30-100 frames a day. Maybe double that if traveling to new countries or places, where I might shoot 200 a day.

Yes, this is more like my normal days out.

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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

Barry Twycross wrote:

Motor sports events seems to be mine. I'll shoot 1-2000 a day over a 3 day weekend. Though the ballgame at the weekend might top that, I shot 750 frames in 2 hours. It was a short game, and I'd got the shots I wanted by the 7th innings, so I didn't bother so much with the last few innings, just shot some wider shots of any action that happened.

To answer questions you've asked about work flow, I shoot RAW+jpeg. I import the jpegs into photos and archive the RAWs and forget about them, unless I have a need to make a better version. Unusually, I did an initial cull to weed out the really bad ones, I was thinking I'd weed out the good ones from the 10 frames/sec bursts, but I decided I liked having the entire sequences. That yielded 750 frames.

After a first pass, I had 70 pretty good ones. I selected 17 of those to show to people. I only bothered tweeking the exposure on those 17. Most of that post processing is just pressing the auto-enhance button. If I wanted to do anything more with any of those 17 I'd go find the RAW and see what I could do.

Hi Barry, yes, I am interested in people's workflow. At the moment I shoot raw only so every keeper needs processing even if it is just save as jpeg.

I do think I need to step up my expectation with respect to memory cards and hard disk space, and for that matter backup. At the moment I can cope with smaller numbers of shots but I can see me needing to buy some more kit.

For my D800 12bit raws are 30mb and a medium jpeg is 10mb - that is not shooting max quality raws which are 14 bit and 70mb. At the moment I think shooting raw + jpeg would be too much memory for my card and pc.

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Re: Chinese Wedding

I was so embarrased about the money that I didn't even count it. I just fished a note out of the packet when I ran out of cash until there was none left.

There are no weddings on my website. They are all private and I don't have a model release. When I'm preparing a wedding I just put some pictures on a tablet to discuss with the couple.

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IR1234 Senior Member • Posts: 1,545
Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

Mark_A wrote:

IR1234 wrote:

Amateur cycling event 4 years ago, 22,000 images in 6 hours, although 18,000 was over 3 hours of that. Haven’t done that event in a couple of years due to weather, but expecting to do it again on Saturday. Something like 10,000 cyclists.

Hi IR1234, that is serious numbers.

What is your objective? Do you aim to sell a photo of each cyclist to them and if so do you process and put them all online or something, must be a big operation to do something like that.

That’s the objective. I wish we did. It will be a tiny percentage, but it pays the bills. Everything goes online and we publish about 10,000 per hour the moment an event or day finishes.

But we regularly do running events or triathlons, so 6-7,000 really isn’t that uncommon. And our summer work sees about 6-7,000 per day per camera average. My personal work camera is showing maybe 1.1m on it’s latest shutter, with a global count of 2.1m. We do have another works camera with maybe 1.6m and no rebuild, yet.

Yes, you are being demanding of your kit and I expect you may as well keep updating the shutters in them because they couldn't fetch so much on the second hand market with such shutter counts.

If you have a new shutter installed, they reset the shutter count. But it’s not a big deal as we are never selling any of the 7d2s. Absolute tanks, love them.

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7d2s are the primary cameras, with 7ds as backups. For reportage we use a 6d2. Lenses are 15-85 (24-105L2 for 6d2), 70-200 f4L non is, and 35-350L although we may transition to 28-300Ls over time as the first has just arrived.

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When I used to shoot flamenco shows for an association. I'd trigger the camera with the beat as I learnt that I was getting better poses this way and that it helped to compensate for the shutter lag (a bit like a drummer initiates moving the stick before the beat so that it hits at the right time). It worked well with the dancing style which is quite unpredictable, unlike, let's say, a car moving on a race track. BTW learning flamenco rhythm is a major PITA.

This resulted in 3000 or so pictures for a 2h show or so, often longer actually. I believe one went north of 4000 actually, but that was an even longer event (4h ? I don't recall).

Well several years later I find the resulting pictures not quite far from being crap but hey, I was a beginner and they were good enough for the intended application.

These days I I try to avoid anything that requires me moving faster than watching paint dry, I've learnt that I absolutely hate being in a hurry when taking photos.

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tony field wrote:

Each sport has its own physical rhythm. once you begin to become familiar with shooting the sport you will probably find that you will rely less and less on motor drive to capture the shot. Motor bikes have their own delightful rhythm and it is nice when you can follow the rhythm for composition.

This is my experience as well for most of the events I shot. I invariably started by spraying in continuous drive but progressively got better at understanding and tracking the "rhythm" of the event.

I mostly really like this shot looking from afar.

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Mark_A wrote:

Martin.au wrote:

Probably Roller Derby.

I don't know what that is

Mark_A

Physically it is a rough sport with bump and grind and sometimes broken bones on roller skates

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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

Mark_A wrote:

For my D800 12bit raws are 30mb and a medium jpeg is 10mb - that is not shooting max quality raws which are 14 bit and 70mb. At the moment I think shooting raw + jpeg would be too much memory for my card and pc.

One reason I don't want more pixels in my camera. RAWs are 20MB, and I can dedicate external disk space to forgetting them. The 8Mpix fine jpegs are 3.5-5MB each, I can keep them around on the internal. Though my library is now 497GB, and growing alarmingly.

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