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Luís Belo

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Making sense of the chaos

Published September 1st, 2013

Selection.

If there's a quality I value on a today's photographer it's his intelligence to make a good selection. With digital cameras most of us don't really take the time to look around and choose the photo we want to take. Usually we just do it. Even when we take the time to make a thoughtful image with which shoot, we still may end up with hundreds of photos.

When this happens it's important to take a breath and think about what you really need. You may need to reduce those hundreds to fifty photos, to twenty, or just to two. Anyway, consider the use the photos will have. For example, if you went on a trip to a beautiful location and took one thousand photos and were thinking about uploading them into 500px, the best option is probably to reduce them into three or four distinct and great shoots. After all, it isn't all that interesting seeing the same landscape slightly adjusted shoot after shoot, even if all of those are good.

I'll give you a different and more personal example.

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