Uncut Series of Photos Shows What it Takes to Score the Right Shot

This unique video shows an uncut series of 2,000 photographs taken by professional photographer Chase Jarvis over the course of 5 days. He estimates that only 6 to 10 of the photographs will ever be used as a commercial or fine-art photo. If you find that only a few of your shots after a long day of shooting are acceptable, don’t be discouraged — it’s like that for the pros as well!

  • Mike

    Just imagine the cost if we were still using film…

  • Pingback: | Henry's Photo Club()

  • Sammie Caine

    But if we were still using film then we’d be being more careful and taking a lot less shots.

  • Wing Wong

    I would imagine with film, there still would have been a good many shots taken. Digital has made it easier to see what you shot immediately, greatly lowering the risk of having to do a reshoot. With film you had ground glass and polaroids to check exposure and composition. But you couldn’t check for things like eyes closed, half lidded, hair in the wrong place, etc. until after the film came back from development.

    I’ve no trouble shooting more, especially if the conditions are dicey. That’s a strength of shooting digital. Experience and developed skills allows you to get the shot more easily, needing less frames. But if you’re doing what Chase was doing, ie. experimenting, then a high number of frames will be generated. In which case, it isn’t because he isn’t skilled or careful. It’s because he’s experimenting from many different angles, partly because of his own creative skills and partly because of requests by art directors/clients.

  • Anonymous

    Gary Winnogrand used to shoot 1000’s of rolls a week on the street… imagine being his assistant and being asked to contact all of them.

  • ranger9

    I plan to bookmark this for re-viewing if ever I momentarily forget why I never, ever want to be a commercial photographer! Even the shots he lets linger on the screen are contrived kack.

  • Matt


  • Brandon Skinner

    I love this as it reminds us what goes into producing quality work and nailing an image. I think sometimes we look at the masters and think it’s all too easy for them. That being said, I don’t think this area of work is Chase’s strongpoint.

  • John Kantor

    Well that’s the shotgun approach.