I can’t tell you how long I sat there trying for my best “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck” moment at the title. That said, I think this is something that is often overlooked when you’re out there shooting, and totally something that is worth you spending a few moments thinking about.
I remember hearing once that the best Photographers out there are the best editors (it may have been a McNally-ism, or a Scott Kelby-ism but I need to check that) and I think theres a lot of validity to that statement. When I go out to try something for a shoot, there are some times when I come back with a TON of images to review. Because I came back with so many images, there’s this immediate need that I have to rank/sort/pick and create a quick gallery of all of the images I think are “Keepers”
Here’s the rub: Your “Keepers” aren’t necessarily your “show-ers”
Making Images With Sara
The images that you see above are from a shoot I did with Sara, my friend Jeff Leimbach’s daughter while out in Kauai for a DLWS workshop. Sara, amazing at the camera, was more than willing to pose for me while I tried dumb idea after dumb idea. Cool part about this was that she was really good with the camera (and wanting to get into modeling). This means that I got a bunch of cool keeper shots for Sara.
If I put together a gallery of many of them and show them, I run a risk of having someone see a GREAT image, then see a so so image. Then see a good image… then see a decent image.. then see a bad one.. or see a decent one. The takeaway for that person? “Those were some pretty decent images”
Now.. if I limited the shots to three or four of em- and those shots knocked you on your butt.. you’d leave with a completely different opinion!
That’s what the focus here is. Edit very very tightly. Leave a person with a great feeling by making sure you’re only showing a smaller amount, and you’d be amazed as to the impression that leaves on your public.