One of the hardest thing to do as a photographer is choosing the "best" pictures to show in your web gallery or portfolio. In the age of digital photography, where we can shoot countless photos in a short span of time, it is difficult to admit and accept that not even one photograph is actually good enough.
I, too, am guilty of this. It is really difficult to accept. Countless times it happened to me, that I preview the photos I just took from a location or a session in my camera's LCD and feel happy and excited about. And the moment I got home and view the pictures from my PC monitor, I always end up saying: "That was it? Where was the magic I felt earlier when I was taking the shot?"
And no amount of post processing can save a bad picture.
I, too, am guilty of criticizing the photos I have taken in the past to the point that I don't want to look at some of them anymore. Sometimes feeling mad at myself for even posting it in my website. Trying to remember what was my state of mind during the shooting of the photo, to post processing and finally posting it in my site.
Then, I begin to understand, that its part of my growing up as a photographer. I guess I am maturing a bit. I am now more careful of the photos I will take. More careful of the photos I will showcase in my FB account and this site. I try to think more before I press that shutter. Try to have a vision already in my mind, instead of figuring it out during post processing.
Yes, some of them may still not be the best photos in my portfolio, a lot of photos will still be flawed: bad composition, too much noise, underexposed, overexposed, and name every mistake in the book.
But I learned to accept it. That was me at that point in time.
So which are my best pictures?
None of them are, but I am not done shooting yet!
I have raised this question to myself today:
Is a technically sound photograph always a beautiful photograph?
I ask this to myself every time I am composing a shot, I always have the so-called composition rules running in my mind: balancing lines, Rof3rds, layers, symmetry, patterns, framing, DOF usage, etc
But I am sure there beautiful photos out there that do not follow these "rules" and yet they are inspiring photos. On the otherhand, there are also photos which follow every rule in the book and yet, it looks, well, very ordinary.
My answer? Yes an
d No. I actually do not know.
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