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National Geographic photographers on average shoot something like 29,000 shots per story. If a NatGeo story prints, say, 12 photos on average, that's less than 1/2000, or 0.05% "picture perfect" results, from a world's top photographer.
I'm not remotely as good as any NatGeo photographer. If I'm, say, only 1/10th as good (even this is a dubious proposition) that'd be 1/20,000 "picture perfect" shots for me. And that sounds about right. They are very few and far between.
That said, I don't expect NatGeo or similar results from my own practice. I find myself satisfied enough with maybe 1/20 to 1/50 of my shots to share them with family / friends. For more public sharing (Facebook etc), it's maybe a few out of many hundreds. As I think back on the few shots I'm really proud of, it's a few out of tens of thousands. (Hey, maybe I am as a good as one of those fancy NatGeo photographers. :-) None of my shots are without some degree of postprocessing. (Of course the same is true of JPEG's -- they're just post-processed in-camera according to user settings for sharpening, etc).
Edited on Apr 21, 2013 at 05:04 AM · View previous versions