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Last time I checked, a professional (someone getting paid) must get it right after a few shots. You cannot tell your client, let me shoot 1,000 pictures, and out of that I'll send you one or two "good ones". Every shot must be good. Many of those must be great.

This depends on what is being shot.

A wedding photographer must get most shots on one or two tries. Most critical shots are dones at least twice just to make sure; but this is a controlled environment, the biggest worry is closed eyes.

A corporate photographer shooting "grip-and-grin" shots has to get them all right on one try. Fortunatly, this is pretty easy, assuming no equipment problems. Also, the requirements for "right" are pretty loose.

OTOH, a photojournalist may very well use no more than 1% of the shots taken on an assignment. A fine art photographer may not do much better. The wildlife photographer almost certainly gets an even lower number of great shots.

In most cases, I don't think that you should judge a photographer by the shots that didn't work; judge them by the shots that do make the cut.

BTW, most photojournalists are now using digital cameras. It's a shame to some extent, because the famous picture of the firemen raising the flag after 9/11 was shot digital; it doesn't have the resolution to stand up to a full page newspaper without serious degradation. I wouldn't be surprised if corporate event photographers are going digital as well, since there is often a need for very fast turnaround.

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