Showing your Pictures
How many times have you bored someone with your vacation
pictures?? Most of us have done it.
There are only TWO rules in photography (these are MY
rules - other photographers may disagree!):
1) Film is Cheap. (i.e., take lots of pictures)
2) Never show a bad picture.
Film is Cheap. This is a rule that I was taught
when I apprenticed with a professional photographer back in the 70's. The idea
was that the more pictures you take, the more good ones you'll get. In the
digital age, the cost of taking more pictures is mostly "time" - time in
reviewing/editing them. It's a small cost for an important result.
Never show your bad pictures. This
is one of the most important rules in photography. One that is
broken ALL of the time. We all take bad pictures. The
difference between a good photographer and a great photographer is the
percentage of good pictures we get. Give a monkey a camera
and let it take hundreds of picture, there is bound to be one good one
When you show your pictures, only show your very best.
If you show too many pictures, you will bore people. If you only show your very
best pictures, they will think you are a great
photographer! No matter how good you are at photography, if you only show your best work, people will think
you're better than whatever level you are at.
I like to think that I'm a pretty good photographer
(don't we all!). Yet, I may go on vacation and shoot 400 -600
pictures. Out of those I RARELY show anyone more than 10 or 15.
It's not easy to do (like packing light!), but try it - I think you (and your friends and
relatives) will be very happy with the results!