“I shoot a little bit, maybe two rolls, medium format, which is 20 pictures, and if it’s not working, I change the position.”
—Annie Leibovitz

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  2. I just watched the documentary “Life through a lens” and noticed Annie often switched formats mid shoot. It makes me wonder about the context for this quote.

    That said, I do think my practice has changed with digital. I make far more attempts at different compositions than I would if I was still using medium format film. At a subconscious level I do tend to limit myself to less than thirty images of a particular subject, at which point I have probably exhausted the options unless I return at a different time of day. I have considered getting smaller faster cards to replicate the film experience but the convenience of not having to reload is too strong.

    The other impact is post processing and working through far more images. Two rolls of 120 is much easier to edit. Less is more they say…

    I’m interested in how others approach this. Is it worth allocating a limit and how do you approach that?

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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.