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Keepers versus clunkers

By March 10, 2017 Photography 2 Comments

We really don’t need any more photos than we already have. We need better photos.

Curation, not creation, is the next major frontier in online sharing.

What would really help here would be to bring back the art of old-fashioned editing. And this type of editing means choosing between keepers and clunkers. In this Instagram economy, we have somehow managed to eliminate this step altogether and go right from capture to sharing.

Slow down. Shoot more than you share. Share only your very best stuff. Think more like a brand builder creating a cohesive body of work. Be less casual, more intentional.

Smartphone photography, by its very nature, is ephemeral. In a somewhat ironic way, our smartphone pictures are becoming just as fleeting as the very moments and memories we are desperately trying to capture.

keepers versus clunkers

Interestingly, as you become more judicious in choosing and sharing, you’ll find a rejuvenating energy in the capture process. That’s because you’ll have so much more time to shoot.

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  • Zoe Larkin says:

    This is so insanely true, and sad. “our smartphone pictures are becoming just as fleeting as the very moments and memories we are desperately trying to capture.” It used to be pictures, whether film or digital were pored over after being taken. now, they’re left on phones and half the time, we don’t even bother to transfer the files to our computer when we switch to a new phone. Editing your output and eventually finding your style, your niche, are so important in the era when everyone has a phone in their pocket.

    • ilex says:

      You could make an alternative argument that images are being democratised, though, which doesn’t feel too sad to me. We can all take photos because photography is more accessible; in the past it was available to a narrower group – through technical and cost restrictions – which meant there were fewer images. It’s easier to be celebrated when there is less competition.

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