If you’ve lost your keys and then you find them, do you continue looking for them, or do you stop searching and go about your day? When you’ve found what you’re looking for, don’t you stop searching? Of course, you don’t keep looking because that would be foolish and a waste of time.
Similarly, clicking portraits don’t always mean to trouble the person who is in the camera frame. Here are some annoying things we do when we click portraits and irritates the person who is appearing in the frame.
Just One More
And yet, I know you do it when you make portraits. Most of us do. We get a great shot in a good pose with fine light, and then we make the same picture again, and probably again. The result is a whole lot of pictures that are practically the same.
Film Isn’t Free
One way you may justify this pattern of irrational behavior is by saying that since it’s digital, it’s free to shoot more. But nothing could be further from the truth. This time is your life, and you’re trading it for “free film.”
Here’s the Secret
Stop shooting. Once you have a good picture in a good pose, it’s time to move on to a different thing. Move the camera closer, shoot a profile, shoot her hands only, turn her around and shoot over her shoulder, shoot vertical, shoot off center, shoot her looking down, spin her around. Do something that makes a significantly different picture. It doesn’t need to be significantly better, but if it’s at least different then you can make a quick decision while culling. Get a good picture, and then stop shooting that picture. Your keys won’t be anymore found if you keep looking for them.
Now Edit Backwards
Now you have stopped clicking and you have a good picture, now you can keep your momentum going when you’re back at your desk culling the pictures like a too-big-herd of cattle. By starting at the end, you’ll be seeing your best pictures first and then you can skip to the next set. Using this method will make you culling much faster and leave you time and energy to be creative with them.
In Lightroom, Or whichever tool you use, simply scroll to the end, click on the last picture and use the left arrow key to navigate through instead of the right arrow. Press 1 to add a star and move on.
If you stop wasting your client’s “on” time with more pictures of the same thing and then cull the picture from last to first, you’ll find that you’ve saved so much time.