Do You Worry About Taking Too Many Pictures?

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in News | No Comments

If you do, don’t. Here is one reason why…

“During his trip, Robert Frank shot 767 rolls of film yielding about 27,000 images. He edited that down to about 1,000 work prints, spread them across the floor of his studio and tacked them to the walls for a final edit. Out of a year and a half of work, Frank chose just 83 images for his book The Americans.” – NPR Article

So, is good photography just a numbers game? Well, of course not. It is often said that photographers ‘sketch’ a situation, like an artist. Moving, watching, experimenting, waiting…until the moment is just right. You really have to know what you are looking for. That comes with time and practice. The hidden power of photography lies in the editing. The ability to select the right image(s) from a situation and then put together the ones that work best together, to eventually create a compelling story, or narrative.

It’s always good to get a second opinion on your work from a trusted editor, friend and/or colleague. Find a small group of people who know what they’re talking about. Ones who aren’t afraid to give you completely honest feedback. This is key to helping you move forward.

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