I am not sure I have many other qualities, but definitely (as a photographer…) I have one: I am fast.
Not so long ago, on a celebrated set, I had the pleasure to find this beautiful present, this t-shirt:
Sports Illustrated t-shirt aside I have another four images to show, here below. Thanks to the embedded data we can now see the exact hour and minutes in which the photograph was taken. We were in africa, in a situation which wasn’t really calm and serene (army men patrolling/peeping because we were in an area where we shouldn’t have been), and the model wasn’t just any model, but a personality, which on the one side it made things easier (she was really good, in front of the camera…) but on the other side she complicated things (obviously she couldn’t change clothes in the middle of the beach in front of everyone, therefore she was going up and down to the van…).
Here are the four images:
There is a 7 minutes gap between the first and the second photograph, a 4 minutes gap between the second and the third, 6 minutes between the third and the fourth and 6 minutes between the fourth and the fifth. Change of costumes included.
Excuse the egocentric blow job, but I wanted to “demonstrate” in concrete terms, also for who doesn’t know me on the field, the first line of this post.
Let’s get to the core: the speed of a photographer when he shoots.
I believe it is a very important thing. First of all it is already a quality in itself, appreciated by everyone, from the model, from the client, from the editor, from the hair and make up.. From everyone.
If then the picture you’ve taken is a piece of shit (and trust me, it is a piece of shit… and I do not mean to belittle the work of someone that I don’t know, but seeing that 99% of the work out there is shit [including mine!] it is highly probable that the photograph you are about to take is too…) it is convenient to do it in little time! At least it will have one quality!
Jokes aside, I’ll get to the point: to shoot fast means to have clear ideas.
To shoot fast means to know exactly what you are doing form your head.
To shoot fast means to have exactly pre-visualised the scene.
To shoot fast means not to go for try outs.
To shoot fast means to have had ideas before photographing.
To shoot fast means to be sure of what you are doing.
So: shooting fast is not only being fast, but it is an important sign that what you are doing works well, and has the characteristics of, eventually, being something well executed.
Take my advice:be fast, it is an excellent indication of quality…