You don’t see what’s in the bin!
In an online world, it’s very easy for us to share images. We pop them on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, then people can click that like button or comment if they wish. We secretly love it when they click the like button! You will find a range in the quality of images that you see online, ranging from shaky out of focus, to wow I wish I had taken that shot. We may compare where we're at with these pictures. It's hard not to but remember that we don’t see what goes on behind those images before they are posted. There are people that are really confident and don’t think about it and just pop the image out there, keen to share that moment with the world, and there are people who will think and worry whether it’s good enough to put out there. What one person thinks acceptable is different from someone else. Sometimes it might be that a business has to take some pictures for their social media. They don’t really like the images but don’t know how to change that so post them anyway. There are lots of different things going on behind the scenes of photographs. Sometimes it’s about a memory, and a blurry shot is better than no shot at all, when that moment in time can’t ever be repeated.
The images you see may have been edited. You will usually see the best. You don’t see what’s in the bin. How many were deleted to get that great image in front of you? That you will never know.
If I’m asked to critique a photograph, I am very mindful of the fact that I was not there in that moment. I may ask questions to understand the situation and make suggestions based on what I know. I remember a long time ago submitting a picture to a forum and it was a baby holding her Mum’s film camera. One of the comments was that perhaps I could have used a different camera that would look better in the pictures and there were some other comments of a similar nature. What happened in that photo shoot was that I was photographing the baby, who was sitting up and happy. The mum had got her camera out to show me and the baby wanted it. If you have ever had to negotiate with a little one, you know that sometimes for the sake of happy pictures, you give in and you do it quickly. Mum handed the camera over. Everyone was happy and I got the shot. It wasn’t something that was staged, it was spontaneous and in the moment. The mum loved it because it meant something to her. The photographers that were commenting were more used to staging shots with props and not negotiating with small children.
Here are some important things to remember:
- Only you were there in that moment.
- Only you know what you were trying to achieve.
- If you are asking for feedback remember that it’s only that person’s point of view.
- If you think you aren’t progressing, look back and see how far you have come.
- If you feel stuck and not happy then you can always get help. Book a lesson!
- Remember when you are viewing other peoples work, you don’t know the full story of that image or that persons journey.
- You do not see the ones that went in the bin!
- Photography is an enjoyable thing. It’s fun!
- It’s not always about perfection it can also be about memories.
- Keep going.