In the 31 Days of Photography Tips series, we have covered the basic technical aspects of photography. Before I get into the more creative aspects and posts on how to pick your photography gear, I wanted to write a post on something that’s subtle, but really important: how to choose which photos to share.
Whether you use a point and shoot camera or a dSLR, if you’ve just taken photos of your kids or a family event, you are tempted to share every single one. I know; I am guilty of oversharing photos.
What you don’t realize is that you are distracting friends and family from your developing photography skills by sharing every iteration of the same photo. The more photos you share, the less your photography will make a statement. Viewers will be paying less attention to what you took photos of due to the shear volume of photos, which is unfortunate since the subject of your photos is what is truly important!
Pick a handful of the absolute best and be confident in your work.
An example: on Valentine’s Day I did a mini-shoot with my son. On top of being a restless toddler, he was not in the mood to get his photo taken, so it took a lot of shutter clicks to get a few good ones. I could have posted everything I got and it would’ve looked something like this:
In this example, I didn’t omit the photos with his eyes closed or ones that were completely out of focus. Either way, 30-50 photos is overwhelming as a viewer. Here’s an example where I’ve narrowed it down to a dozen photos:
Do you see how 12 photos in the same pose is still overwhelming? When you take several photos of the same pose, even if from slighting different angles or only minutes (or seconds) later, they are considered the same photo. In this situation, it’s best to choose the best 3-5 photos. That’s even being generous.
If you want to continue to become a better photographer, you need to be conservative in what you share. Only share your very best and if your very best from one shoot are all similar, pick just one to share. When you force yourself to be selective, you will start to improve dramatically!
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