In photography, and other areas, you shouldn’t settle for average but aim for wow.
This quote was something someone reminded me of when I was trying to select a logo design for a community I was involved with. I was humming and har-ing over a design option. The designer told me this quote and I then came back with something different full of wow.
The thing is this shouldn’t just be true of design elements but also of Photos. We should aim for WOW photos.There are three reactions to an element of Design. Yes, no and wow! Wow is the one to aim for - Milton GlaserClick To Tweet
Aiming for Wow
Taking a bad photo is very very easy. Taking a slightly better one, not hard, taking a good one is tricky but most people can take a fairly good photos with a little bit of training and help. However, taking a great photo is very very difficult. Don’t believe me, here are some quotes worth thinking about.
I took 40,000 photos in 3 years. 50 I like.” – Charlie Kirk
Even highly experienced and great photographers take average and even bad photos from time to time, the difference is they keep working and striving for great photos. When I started taking photos, I used to take one photo and then move on (unless I had accidently shaken and blurred it), now I’m at a stage where I’ll take a few, some where between 5 and 20 depending on the moment, but a great photographer may well take even more of a single scene. After all that work they will only pick one photo (maybe two) which they will actually show off.
Being Picky in Street
Of course, in certain photographic genres you can control the environment a bit more to help you get a great shot without having to take as many shots. If you are using a model then you can pose them, in a studio you can change the background, with landscape photography you can choose the right time of day to shoot. In contrast, street photography can be less forgiving. Often you are not in control of these elements (although you can pick better times to go out shoot, you can find a good stage and you can always redirect a subject if you see them do something interesting [though not everyone likes this in street.]
This can lead to photographers lowering their standards and only “okay” photos instead of great photos [I raise my hand in confession]. However, if you want to present yourself as a great photographer (and not just a good one) then you need to cull your photos and only show great photos.
Only Publish your GREAT photos
So my challenge to myself and to you is to only publish great photos, don’t settle for okay anymore but raise your standard to a new level.