Maximize the Efficiency of a Photo Shoot 1.9K

Whether you enjoy taking portraits, photos of landscapes, macro photography, or something in between, something that you likely don’t have is a ton of extra time.

That means that when you head out for a photo shoot that you need to maximize your available time so you can get the shots you want quickly and efficiently.

There is, however, a delicate balance between being efficient and hurrying too fast. After all, you don’t want to rush through the process and end up with bad photos.

With that in mind, here are a few tips you can use to be more efficient with your time while still taking the time you need to get the best quality images.


This might seem like a no-brainer, but even professional photographers will sometimes grab their camera and start taking photos without having much of a plan.

Though there is certainly something to be said for spontaneity, more often than not, it will just get you off track and you’ll end up coming home with a bunch of photos that aren’t all that great.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to plan every single detail of the entire photo shoot.

But what it does mean is that you need to make preparations that will help you use your time more wisely.

That might be something as simple as sitting down and developing a shot list.

It might also involve scouting locations, determining the best time of day for the best natural lighting, and being aware of certain obstacles (i.e., the hours of operation for the venue you’d like to use as a shoot location) that can throw your time off track.

Another example of planning ahead is that when you work with models for portrait photography, meet with them ahead of time.

This is obviously a necessity if you’re a professional or an aspiring professional photographer because you’ll need to have model release forms signed.

But even if you’re just taking portraits of your friends or family, sit down for a few minutes and talk about the kinds of photos they want and what your shared vision is for the photos you take.

The more you’re on the same page with your portrait model, the easier the process will be once you have them in front of your lens.