Learn to select your best shot(s). And be really picky! Discard everything that’s not perfect. Ansel Adams said that a selection of 12 great shots per year means a successful year. If Ansel didn’t think he has 1000 great shots, I don’t have it either. So, be picky. What helped me evaluate my photos may help you too. I’ve joined the local photo club a long time ago. If your photo club is hosting a monthly “Show your best shots” or a similar event, there’s your chance! You usually need to make a selection of 10-12 photos to show. Practice makes it perfect.
I always edit down. Always. If I cannot decide between two similar shots, I try to find what I don’t like about them or what would I change. When I find it, I discard that photo and use the other one. Before you start putting together your portfolio, make sure you know what you want to achieve and why you are building that particular portfolio. I have a few different portfolios. One is landscapes, the other one is portraits, and the third one is still life. Have a goal and theme. It helps a great deal.
Once you create a portfolio, ask someone to give you their honest opinion. Someone you trust and someone who knows more than you do. Ask an expert. I was lucky enough to meet my mentor who has been a professional photographer and an artist for decades. We became friends and I know she will always give me her honest opinion. I also have friends who are way better photographers than I am and I trust their judgment.
I’ve decide to share some of my favorite photos with you (in one place) and that’s why I’ve created a Portfolio page. You will find a link to it at the top of the page as well. Maybe you can do the same. : )
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