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{documentary} thinking like a photographer, part seven: learn to cull

this is part seven

of a seven part series on thinking like a photographer.


7. Learn to cull. Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Bid the bad ones adieu. Learn to spot the good ones, even if that’s two out of 100. Ansel Adams said twelve significant photographs in any one year was a good crop. If he was comfortable calling just 12 in a year good, we should  be ok with tossing the 246 we shot as Little Sara learned to ride her bike and keep the 5 that show her personality and tell her story in this moment. Toss what needs to be tossed, and cherish the ones you keep.


Click here to return to part six: look, look, look

Click here to return to part one: obsess over light

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