I don't always click between poses (that may be stretching the truth a bit), but when I do, it's to capture something like this. Annnnnd, I like it!!
Which seems to get people into the discussion of planning, posing, waiting for just that……NOW versus the ol’ spray and pray.
To me, spray and pray is indiscriminate, and I don’t think I’m indiscriminate. Well, usually. But while we’re moving around, getting into a pose, developing an idea I sometimes still have the camera in my hand. And if the camera is in my hand, there’s still a part of me that’s watching. In this case, I could see her hands coming up to adjust the pearls. So I shot. Probably a few frames, I don’t know, I’d have to check. Was it a spray and pray? Likely. In a sense. I didn’t know if I’d get anything, and more often than not, I don’t get that shot. I have hundreds, probably thousands, of near misses. Or even ones that I hit it dead on, but it just didn’t do anything for me when I looked at it later. Once in a while there’s one, like this, that I love. One that has something to it that makes me want to jump into developing and see if I can make it “feel” the same way that made me shoot it in the first place. Oh for the camera folk who always ask: 1/200, f/3.5, ISO 100, 200mm, on manual, one strobe….. somewhere. Not planned, remember?
So in the end, is it better to wait for the pose, direct everything exactly where you want, get that perfect expression, lighting, angle, exposure? Or just shoot willy nilly?
Yes. To both. Do what you like. You just never know.