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Chosing one's best shots
« on: August 13, 2013, 02:38:03 PM »

Some of you will remember me from the black and white portraits I posted on Burma three months ago… Since then, I have spent a lot of time sorting the 10,000 + shots I took in Myanmar over three months; I’ve selected 240 that I collected in a book I self published with a self editing internet specialist  and another 100 that I printed in A4 format for sheer pleasure before printing another set in A3+ and A2.
Now for the hard part and for which I need your help; I was just contacted by a magazine editor out of the blue who wants me to select ten shots that he/she will publish (I won’t give the name as that would count as advertising, right?). I’ve consulted my old photo text-books, visited specialized internet sites and know that I need to chose perfect shots (composition, color, rule of 1/3, no object sticking out from a head, no distracting element in the frame, that tell a story, that are not redundant, that transmit emotion, a sense of direction, curiosity, charm, where technique is mastered et all…).  The result is that I don’t know where to start! Does anyone have a few very simple and basic rules to choose best shots? Oh, and another thing, neither my friends nor family are keen photographers (they actually don’t understand why I waste so much energy on the topic!) so I can’t ask them for help!
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Re: Chosing one's best shots
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 03:54:48 PM »
Is sounds like you've already done part of the work - you have the 240 from the book, and 100 which you additionally printed.

These should be the 'best' 340 shots you have.

Go through them and select the best 100 or so
Then go through these and select the best 50
etc.
Eventually, you end up with the best 10 (or, more likely, your favourite 15 which you can't decide between! :lol:


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Re: Chosing one's best shots
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 03:51:31 AM »
I trust this magazine will pay you the going rate? You have checked them out, right? There are so many scams around. I have seen some of your work and you are good, now be careful.

As Faldrax says, you have already done most of the work.

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Re: Chosing one's best shots
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013, 07:43:58 AM »
I would ask what the publisher wants to get across to the reader and what you want to get out of it?
What magazine is it and what is being presented around your images?

Do you go for empathic or travelogue or a combination.
From memory of the images you posted, you could put together a set of empathic ones which would tell a story of the experience.

Do not worry about technical perfection- that is for camera club judges.
Get some friends around and ask them to pick their top ten from your book.  That should automatically pick 5 for you and then fill in around it..

I am putting my bird coffee table book together still and the images are not necessarily the best ones but the ones which mean something to (the reader) me and the family.
In your case it will whoever is going to buy that magazine.  If you look at some back copies it will give you an idea as well..

After it is published make sure we can see the ten you chose....john

 
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Re: Chosing one's best shots
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013, 09:11:05 AM »
Thanks for your responses.
Fact is, it is not easy...
I will certainly share with you the shots once published ... if we ever do get that far! In any case I'll share them with you.
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Re: Chosing one's best shots
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 06:41:53 PM »
Marc, I actually think you SHOULD ask your family and relatives to pick out what in THEIR opinions, are the best shots.

Laypeople may not know the rules... but they DO know what they like. And chances are, if your images are appealing to the uninitiated, the truly knowledgeable will find those same pictures technically sound.
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Re: Chosing one's best shots
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2013, 11:03:22 AM »
Thank you all for your comments. We settled for a compromise (family and editor) and the pictures were published in the last edition of Cameracraft.
Marc

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