Quality vs. Quantity

5 Mar

Quality vs. quantity seems to be a concern that comes up in plenty of aspects in life and modeling and model photography certainly have their share of this concern. Many people would say the answer, at least in this case, would be quality over quantity any day of the week. However, what I think most people fail to consider is that we are all in a different place in our modeling and photography, so I’d like to cover why you might choose one over the other based on where you are at in your modeling or photography.

Quality

Ideally, we would like all of our shoots to be higher quality shoots. Of course this means different things for those of us in different genres and at different levels, but most of us prefer to shoot things that of equal or higher quality to our previous work, especially in terms of material we will be using in our portfolios. Paid work can be another story as many people will shoot paid work that produces images of varying lesser quality than what they would use in their portfolios. I believe that is another topic for another article.

So just what is a higher quality shoot? In my opinion this is a shoot that showcases your skill and/or talent in the best or very close to the best way possible. If you are a photographer, this may mean stunning lighting in an appropriate setting (backdrop or location) with a model suited to the genre and possibly including work with appropriate hair, make-up and wardrobe people. For a model you might be looking for the same end result, but you’ll be wanting a photographer who capture you in the best way possible for your genre.

And of course, quality can be somewhat subjective and can also vary greatly from person to person. For example, I live in East Tennessee. It can be a challenge for me to find people who can shoot the quality I have previously been capable of shooting to work with. If I lived in, say, New York or even Nashville, this wouldn’t likely be as much of an issue. And while my little predicament doesn’t make lower quality work any better, it does limit the quality I can expect to achieve in my current location. I think that is very important to note. It would be foolish for me to expect to have a top quality portfolio when I am not always able to work with top quality people.

Quantity

Now why on earth would shooting for quantity ever be a good thing? I believe people who need experience can benefit from shooting for quantity as long as they are careful in what photos they use and as long as they gaining something from the experience of the shoot. Basically, if you need practice, quantity might benefit you.

For example, as a photographer you might be wanting to shoot fashion. However, you probably need a little experience before you can just jump right in, so you might use models who don’t fit the usual fashion stats just to practice your lighting, composition, etc. As a model, I’ve shot with numerous people just to work on poses or to try a new genre.

I don’t recommend shooting for quantity on a consistent basis. I believe it is most useful only at times when you need practice and then with some discretion.

Therefore, in general, I generally recommend quality over quantity.

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