How are you at throwing images away? It’s quite a challenge but worth the effort. I’ve just been going decluttering my catalogue, deleting lots of photos I will never use. The sheer number of images was becoming a space problem for my hard drive and, despite my categorising and sorting of images into collections in Lightroom, it was becoming cumbersome to find individual pictures.
The images below I shot just before Christmas. I was sat on the beach watching these little sanderling scurry past. I took about 90 frames of these birds, most of which were perfectly acceptable. I am never going to need all 90 so lots of them were consigned to the bin.
I liked better the images where there was reflection from the wet sand so these survived my first cull. Then I looked at composition and the positioning of the birds. I then zoomed right in on the remaining shots and checked sharpness and whether or not the birds had sunlight reflected in their eyes.
A lot of photographers may have deleted or cropped this image tightly because of the size of the bird in the frame, but I like the negative space around it. What do you think?
Link of the week.
Talking of challenges, a fantastic way of improving your photography is to join in on a yearly challenge. The challenges usually consist of a list of themes published in advance and you take one photo a week or one a day for each of the themes. You then publish the images through a website. Lots of folk use WordPress to do this. Others taking part in the same challenge will publish their images and comment on yours. One of the friendliest challenges online is run at Elements Village. It doesn’t matter what level of skill you are at to take part. If you are looking for something different to do then this is worth a try.
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