This is what i love about digital, In the last 7 days I had some amazing shoots. And I LOVE to shoot, rather than being in my office. When I shoot, i get to mingle with my friends, or make new ones, travel to great places, and bless wedding couples, or getting to hang out and get to know a couple while we shoot their 1st e-session. Then there are bridal fashion shoots where i have all the time in the world to explore and get creative. I get to stoke out the bridal gown or handbag designers. Then when i have some time off from that, i take as much time shooting surf/wakeboarding, ocean landscapes, and anything else i can with my water housing. I spend a lot of time shooting out in the water and I must admit, Im addicted.
All of this experience behind the camera i believe is cumulative. I believe that i build my style continually as I shoot from week to week, this week shoots inspire next week, and the more i shoot, the more tangents I go off on, I get new creative ideas. Essentially, the more I shoot, the better i feel i can produce images.
Then there is the cost per image. Lets do the math, with digital, hard drive space is cheap, pennies per image. Lets take a look at what it would be if i was shooting film. (by the way, I used to shoot my hasselblad with film and i LOVED film.
36 exposures per roll (film +dev) = $20
10,000 images /36 exp per roll = 278 rolls of film
times $20 a roll = $5,560 for this week
Now, lets look at what it would cost for a year of shooting
in 2006 I shot approx. 278,000 images
that comes out to 7,555 rolls of film. WOW.
Now times that by $20 a roll you get A WHOPPING $151,111.11 IN FILM AND DEV COST. So if you do the math, taking into mind that every year i seem to shoot more, It would be impossible to shoot this way with film. Thus the cost of upgrading my digital camera and computer every other year is a very small cost, $10-20k, vs $151k.
I love a cinematic approach to shooting, not a reckless machine gun fire of shots, but instead a framed, targeted approach with the knowledge that my subjects are constantly evolving in their position, action and placement so i can be sure to get the right body/face expression with the right composition in my camera at the same time during some point in the sequence.