I’ve prepared a good edit of a photo very similar to the one of Chris Cheng in the recent blog post. I’m going to post it here, and then subject those of you still reading to some discussion of what I did to it, and why.
Or “editing”; as in one part of what a “photo editor” did for Life magazine, back when.
There are two basic approaches. Well, there are a bunch of dimensions to sort the approaches into, and one of those dimensions is absolute picture quality vs. illustrating a particular detail of the event.
The best-looking bunch of photos will result from thinking like an artist, and simply never showing anybody photos that aren’t of the best quality.
However, there’s a lot to be said for thinking like a photojournalist, too. People will often want to see photos of each particular detail, especially if they are in them. When you’re shooting basically for family and friends, this may well be the way to go. You still don’t want to present 20 photos of the same situation, though—even your family and friends will run out of patience then. Continue reading Picking Photos