Do You Over Shoot with Your Camera?
Updated: Oct 11, 2020
I often ask myself this question "Do You Over Shoot With Your Camera". I used to shoot weddings and on average I would take 800-1200 images between my X system cameras during a wedding day. Many other wedding photographers now shoot several thousand images during one day. Of course digital photography and the never ending advancement in camera technology makes this possible. However working this way results in a lot of culling of images which always seems wasteful to me. Having started with film photography I guess it is harder for me to change whereas younger photographers will have started with purely digital.
I have displayed here a random selection of my wedding images that show the sort of images that I took with the Fujifilm X cameras. You can see many more on my Instagram feed. But now I have moved to the bigger GFX camera I wonder if I could shoot in the same way? Maybe up to a point. The GFX is obviously a slower camera to use but ergonomically it has inherited much of the X camera's functionality. So I am keen to find out how far I will be able to adapt my old working methods to this great camera.
Already I am finding that I am taking a little more time over taking individual pictures with the Fujifilm GFX. Part of this could be down to the different aspect ratio 4:3 against 3:2 and the fact that it feels larger and slower. I believe this could change as I become more familiar and confident in using it.
Most smaller cameras have high speed drive options but even with the X system I was never one to put the camera into high speed drive except in a few circumstances. The Fujifilm GFX only has a maximum drive speed of 3 frames per second anyway. To date I haven't really used the camera for general street type shooting where I would quickly react to something. It will be interesting to see the results when I do. The thing I love most about mirrorless cameras, and in particular the Fujifilm design, is the ability to quickly compose and adjust exposure with the compensation dial right there at my thumb. When shooting in fast changing environments I have found this method works really well. I set the ISO to work within an auto range and use the camera in AV mode quickly adjusting exposure as I go. So that should all work the same with the GFX. We shall see.
Does anyone else have feedback on how they shoot with the Fujifilm GFX camera? Do you find that you over shoot and end up discarding too many images? Or do you photograph mainly Landscapes in full manual mode or maybe purely studio work? Or are there users out there that use the GFX for more general work or even street photography? With the introduction of the GFX 50R offering a more portable GFX, are some photographers taking advantage of this option? If so what working methods are they adopting? Let us know!