Share Only Your Best Pictures
Scott Kelby is that rare professional photographer who shows the world his ugly shots from time to time in order to illustrate a very important point about photography: share only your best pictures.
This is not a new concept that I’m writing about but it does seem to be one that a lot of photographers seem to ignore. I am amazed that this simple rule is not followed by more photography enthusiasts. Many photographers lament their own skill upon viewing photos from others and wonder how they seem to “nail it” every time. Guess what? That perfectly posed, focused, and lit photograph is one of close to 500-1000 photos taken during that particular shoot. I know after a portrait session where I’ve taken 300-500 photos of my subject that I hope and pray that I get at least 4-5 good ones. A bonus would be to have one that is good enough for my portfolio, but that is a rare occurrence.
Showing only your best work is not just about you as a photographer but also the subjects in your photographs. People don’t want to see pictures of themselves that are unfocused, in bad light or with a strange look on their face. People respond to good photos of themselves and will, in turn, transfer that good feeling onto you. The same is true in reverse. Showing them a couple of good photos mixed in with a bunch of bad ones will only make them feel worse about themselves and even less about you as a photographer. I don’t care if its just for family or a professional gig, we are over-saturated with images these days, and there’s no reason to waste anyone’s time by showing them ALL of the photos you took on that hike or from that party or family celebration. Only show them the good ones and trash the rest (there’s no reason to have bad photos take up your hard drive space either).
The process of weeding out the good photos from the bad will also help you improve your photography by learning what worked and what didn’t for a particular type of shot. One of the hardest skills to learn as a photographer is self-editing but going through the process of picking out only your best shots will help improve your photography, and as a bonus, what others may think of you as a photographer.