Today I want to talk about something really important that many photographers (even just hobby photographers) do, that is a terrible habit. This terrible habit I speak of is called….DELETING YOUR IMAGES that you think are unsuccessful from a shoot.
If you are one of these people…stop it.
The only images you should ever completely delete right away without any future consideration of its value are images that are;
- Completely underexposed and it is basically a black image because your camera settings were incorrect for that shot.
- Shots that are really blurred or completely out of focus (unless that was your goal).
- Test lighting shots that do not include your subject
- Incredibly unflattering shots like eyes half closed, bad angle. etc..
The above are usually safe to get rid of. However any other image that contains your subject, EVEN if you think you will never ever use it…keep it.
I want to say that as artists we tend to evolve frequently, and our projects and interests sometimes can take such different turns from what we originally planned. As we grow, we also start to view things differently both in out eyes and through our lenses. Our minds change, our hearts break and life throws everything it has at you and sometimes just one year later your artistic perspective is completely different from before.
The more important thing is that you should constantly be getting better and improving upon your skills and knowledge. This includes editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. The more photos and images you edit and create, the better you get at it…obviously.
Editing is an incredibly powerful a tool to photographers in today’s technology driven industry just as much as the precious DSLR strapped around their necks.
Recently I was looking through my photography galleries just because I can, when I came across 2 images, both over a year old. Both images at the time I considered unsuccessful for several reasons and truly they were….then.
So I fixed them, and that is when I realized I have ALOT of old photos to look through because I have missed some good stuff.
With my improved editing skills, I was able to take the two images in this blog that did not work for me previously and turn them into images that I happen to think work very well now. I think I would slap myself if I had deleted these because of what I just could not see at the time.
Like I said, my vision changed and my skills improved.
So as you go forth taking photographs both successfully and unsuccessfully, do not be so quick to hit that DELETE button when reviewing your images. You just never know!
– B.B. Rebel
What Photo-shoots can REALLY be like:
First of all I have to state that we did this shoot in an apartment complex swimming pool on a Monday night and didn’t even get there until 10:30pm. Obviously we assumed it would be a slow pool night.
We assumed wrong.
It was like the busiest night at the club, seriously. Groups of people were coming and going in and out, there were screaming children jumping in the pool (around my photography equipment) and people just kicking back drinking getting wasted.
So here we are with my umbrella and light stand, camera equipment, and other odd looking things that just don’t belong with this crowd. My model Emi is just standing there unsure how to pose with these children watching and men openly gawking at us.
For about an hour we took horrible, awkward and uncomfortable shot after another. At one point I was looking for spots we could shoot and be partially hidden…FAIL.
When it became apparent nobody was planning to leave and it was past midnight, we gave up and just said the hell with it and started doing whatever we wanted. Just when shots were coming out just right…. The wind picked up insanely and we started having microbursts – one that actually picked up my umbrella which was attached to my light stand (that had a 10 lbs. sand bag holding it down) which was of course, attached to my expensive little Speedlight and the whole thing landed maybe a few inches short of inside the swimming pool. THAT WAS FUN. Like a heart attack is fun.
But throughout all of the trials and tribulations J we were able to get what I like to think were some very successful and romantic pictures. I say romantic because she appears to be alone at the pool.
- B.B. Rebel
To see more from this shoot please visit my Facebook page: facebook.com/bbrebelphotography
Model Credit: Emi Chan
- Nikon D90
- 24-70 mm f 2.8 lens
- Nikon SB-700 Speedlight and 2 Pocket Wizards
- Reflector umbrella on a light stand