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Minimum Viable Photo (MVP)

A concept I got from my friend Ryan from Backyard Brew in Palo Alto (I am quite sure Ryan is the one who truly invented the notion of a ‘minimum viable product‘ in Silicon Valley). I wonder — how can we apply this concept to our photography?

The ‘small thumbnail‘ test.

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The first idea:

Look at your photos as small thumbnails, and if they still pop out at you, they are probably effective images.

The reason why is this:

Most people will probably be looking at your photos on small phones (not full screen on a laptop or desktop) which means–

Your photos must ‘pop’ even when small!

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What makes a strong ‘minimum viable photo’?

My thought —

Something to do with humans.

Being able to see eyes, movement, and gestures and emotions is good.

Not striving towards perfection with your photos

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No such thing as a perfect photo. Nor should there. Then it means:

To enjoy the process of always making (new) photos and to continue to feast our eyes!




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