I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately. I used to look at them on the LCD on the back of the camera and decide if I wanted to keep them or not, but recently I’ve changed my process. First, I ended up buying a huge memory card. What that means for me is that I don’t have to worry about space, so extra images aren’t that big of a deal. Second, I’m a new Adobe Lightroom (affiliate link) evangelist. Running my photos through that program in post-production has saved me incalculable hours (they’re probably calculable, just not right now). I can sort, rate, delete in a tenth of the time it used to take me. Third, I’ve found that the LCD previews just don’t give me enough detail to know whether I want to keep it or delete it right there on the spot.
Here’s a recent example. I went to a horse training facility and did a photo shoot for them showcasing the staff, students, and facility…not to mention the beautiful horses. As I loaded my pictures from the card to my computer, I saw something kind of cool in one of the photos. At a glance, it was nothing special. It was part of a horse head, no special composition, pretty plain. On looking closer, I saw that the horses’s eye actually held the reflection of myself (and two friends) on the railing as I was taking the photo. I was glad I kept that photo because it felt special. On the camera that might have been impossible to see at only a cursory glance.
I’m not saying you should do it this way. Everyone has their own style, this is mine. I tend to always find subtle hints of what I call “magic” and I love that. Thanks for reading.