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Bathurst 1000 race photo by Craig Watson

Craig 'Watto' Watson from Geelong's Focal Point Darkroom & Gallery replied to a recent newsletter - and since he was fully supporting the editor, the editor is giving it a run...

I read your latest "confession" about the 343 shots with a smile on my face. Not because you took 343 shots, but because obviously many photographers didn't understand why. 

My background is newspaper and magazine editorial photography, so I understand the need to shoot the scene as it unfolds, with sometimes little or no control over the subject - such as when Sue and the horse were far away. You have given her an idea what you want and where you want her to ride, but then you just keep shooting the scene as it unfolds, as she rides closer to you, etc. 

Your end result may have been that one great shot, but if you were shooting for editorial there is the potential of a multi-page spread, meaning maybe up to 20 great photos are required. For this sort of work, 343 shots is not really a lot.

A big part of my work was shooting classic cars for magazine features (and writing the features, too). It is pretty standard to shoot around 200 photos of the car and while a good number may be of the car driving backwards and forwards along a section of road, or whizzing around a racetrack, many of the photos are static shots of the car and details. So, these don't have the added challenges

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