The Art of Choosing Your Best Photos: How to Cull and Edit Down Your Portfolio

The most difficult thing for us to do as modern photographers — have the skill to choose our best images; the photos we truly care for:

My technique

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Flux portfolio. Your portfolio is always in a state of flux. You are always adding to it, removing from it, subtracting from it, or re-arranging things. Delete old stuff, but also re-upload old stuff. Delete new stuff, but also upload new stuff. The future portfolio is simple — your website!

How to select and cull down your photos

The art of letting your photos marinate:

Over time, the cream rises to the top.

Typically with my photos it goes something like this:

There are some photos I used to really really love, but now I find them “meh”. Other photos I once thought were “meh”, I really really like!

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Follow your gut

Let us not over-think it. If you like the photo, it is a good photo!





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