The Art of Editing

Lately I’ve noticed that I’m taking fewer pictures.

Orange and GreyWhen I put my eye to the viewfinder and I don’t love what I see, I don’t shoot.  It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, and I hope the days when I shoot a random scene just to record that I was there or firing off 12 frames of the same thing in case the first shot was out of focus are far behind.

Why do I want to take less pictures?  Quality over quantity, more space on my hard drive, and less time editing and post processing.  When I first started selling stock photography a few years ago, I went back into the archives on my external hard drive to see what I had for suitable images.  I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of crap that I had saved and it was mixed in with all the winners – and the whole process was kind of halted until I decided that I had to take control and start deleting if I was ever going to try and make money selling my photographs.

While I feel I’ve gotten to a good place with the majority of my photography, I still have a weakness: my cats.  Despite the fact that whomever I might be forcing to look at photos of my cats are visibly getting very bored, I still carry on.  “But wait!  You have to see the one of the kitty sitting in the dresser drawer.  It’s so cute!”  I know that every domestic cat that has ever existed has taken a nap in a dresser drawer.  I know this, but I still can’t help myself.

Do you feel bogged down by the amount of photos you take?  I know it’s hard to take control over them, we all have emotional attachments to our photos.  But think about how one awesome picture can make so much more of an impact than 10 variations on the same thing or idea.  If you plan on sharing your pictures, how about a pared down collection of your vacation (or birthday party, or family gathering), your friends and family will greatly appreciate a well put together and engaging album.  And your hard drive will thank you too.

cat collage

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