f/Egor: The 8% Solution

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What’s the bare minimum passing rate you have for yourself when you’re shooting? Photographer Gregory Simpson says 8% is generous. Do you agree? Read on!

Photo by Gregory Simpson

Out of a roll of 36 shot film, what’s the percentage of the shots that are keepers? There are times when every shot seems awesome and there are times when all you want to do is cry after getting a blah roll. Photographer “Gregory Simpson” discusses in an article in The Leica Camera Blog that the magic number is 8%. If you crunch the numbers, it might seem a bit low, considering 8% of 36 is just 3 shots. He backs up his math with examples though, so check out the original post and let us know what you think.

Do you have a number in mind when you’re shooting? Do you have a set goal of minimum keeper shots before you go all out and play around? Let us know in the comments!

Information for this article was sourced from The Leica Camera Blog

written by cruzron on 2013-11-14 #lifestyle #photography #leica


  1. dermanu
    dermanu ·

    As a rule of thumb 1/3 of a film is crap, 1/3 is average and 1/3 is okay. And from the 1/3 that's okay there are maybe 1 to 3 shots that range from pretty good to amazing. Still better than doing like 1000 digital shots and then afterwards throwing 990 of them away.

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    really great info! I already read it just now.. thanks for sharing!

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