We live in a digital photography age with almost every person carrying a cell phone camera on their person 24/7. A photographing craze has literally taken over our world. Unfortunately, this creates a virtual flood of imagery documenting absolutely every moment of humanity. As the observer we suffer a deluge of random images circulating the planet on our social media connections. Unfortunately, many photographers utilize no sorting filters resulting in a large production of un-named, cropped, or adjusted photos. Most importantly, very little thought about producing quality images is occurs. As observers of the flood, we suffer from exposure to more than our “fair-share” of terrible shots.
We’re All Guilty!
Don’t get me wrong, professional photographers and artist’s do the same as most “trigger-happy” amateur photographers in the crowd.
People aren’t utilizing good photography methods. Pros put thought into focus, background, and lighting before they click that shutter. The care taken is evident in higher quality. In contrast, amateurs create volumes of images without any kind of adherence to tried-and-true photography methods. The result is, many images with poor quality, lack of focus, and no finesse or meaning.
Talent is forfeited if no thought goes into making the art.
We have become view mongers blindly stumbling along with a cell phone in front of us. Setting the camera to auto-focus, as we proceed to take as many shots as possible, passing up the achievement of creative work. Are we simply gamblers of photography, relying solely on the law of averages? Blindly shooting, and hoping that our luck will somehow prevail with an outstanding shot. Unfortunately, without any effort at improving our methods of photography, quality will not improve. Even with large volumes, the truth remains that, we just create a larger amount of the same kind of “terrible shots”.
Do you fit into this category?
Are you an addicted photo gambler? Are your images un-named sequential numbers chosen by your phone? Do you scroll through pages and pages looking for an image to show someone?
Test it out…
Is your phone, cloud or hard drive storage organized…
- Can you search for a particular image by entering a name, place or date?
- How many of the photographs, have a name or folder?
In “Art and Photography”, the difference between an amateur and pro is shown by their ability to discern what is “good photography” and what “is not good photography”. A learned recognition skill obtained through the study of the field standards is what discernment is. With so many avenues to learn on the internet, there is no excuse not to educate yourself. Knowing what is good will allow a pro to not have un-identified hoards of shots in storage. Get rid of the junk, only the best are saved.
A pro invests time, effort and money into learning methods to get good images. Investigation into what current photography standards are is important. Practice is how we apply education, improving our work. Quality levels don’t change, if no effort is spent.
Additionally, the professional creative has to be able to locate, reproduce and share their work in a timely manner, requiring some method of identification. You can tell a pro by seeing how they practice organization of their images. Typically naming to save using the client name, event, and/or dates. Whatever makes it easy to find. By establishing a consistent routine of sorting, organizing, and saving, you will greatly improve the content of your “body of work”. Suggested organization steps include;
- keeping only the best
- discarding duplicates, and out-of-focus shots
- checking resolution, exposure, color adjustments
- cropping, naming and saving
Taking the steps to improve storage of our collection greatly improves everything by making us re-examine our inventory of photography. Proper care requires checking our images, only then we find those needing adjustment or disposal resulting in a smaller and better collection.
I am all for improving the flow of great photography.
Finally, instead of wading through a flood of bad shots, I’d rather experience the magic of only a few really good photographs.