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!