We’re drowning in a sea of images. How do we choose our best photos?
1. Small thumbnails
Don’t look at all your photos in full screen. Rather, look at them as small thumbnails.
- Save time: It takes longer for your computer to process and load full screen photos. Looking at your photos as small thumbnails allows you to scan your photos quickly and efficiently.
- Better judge of your composition: If your photos work compositionally as a small thumbnail, the photo is probably good. It will force you to make more simple compositions, which are stronger than messy compositions.
2. Work backwards
Often, my best photos are at the end. Therefore, look at your photos in a reverse chronological order. Start from the back.
Even for movies, I like spoilers. Why? If the ending is good, I can watch the movie, and be excited for how the movie progresses.
Also, when you “work a scene”— often your subject loosens up. And the best, most relaxed photos of your subject are at the end.
3. Which Photos punch you in the gut?
Follow your gut when choosing your photos.
Choose photos that surprise, scare, or excite you.
A good photo should be like a haymaker punch to your dome (head), or a straight punch to your gut.
A photo without emotion is not memorable.
Sit on your photos and let them “marinate” before choosing them. When I choose my photos too quickly, my judgement of the photo is impaired. Why? I remember the experience of making the photo, rather than judging the photo more objectively.
Don’t rush to look at your photos. Take your time.
Only look at your photos when you are EXCITED to look at your shots.
5. STUDY CONTACT SHEETS
If you study the contact sheets of other photographers, you will get inside their mind. And ask yourself,
- Why did the photographer choose this photo, instead of others?
- How did the photographer “work the scene”— why did they choose the angles, framing, and perspective the way they did?
- How many photos did they shoot of the scene?
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