Back in the days of physical film, each snapshot that one would take held a bit more value, because it represented a real object that had a certain cost associated with it. High-quality film was expensive, and had limited space. It was also time consuming and costly to develop. Now, things are very different.
In today’s digital world, one picture represents almost no physical space, is available for viewing instantly, and can be stored and reproduced easily. This has put modern photographers in a position of privilege compared to the old days, but with this refinement of technology comes different challenges.
Modern photographic technology allows for a multitude of instant pictures to be taken of any given situation. That part is easy. The key to honing your craft in this reality is to know how to edit – basically delete your pictures.
The hardest task, but the most rewarding in a photographer’s development, is to know when to let go of a shot.
As you delete the pictures you don’t like, you start to focus on what you do like in your craft and your own personal touch and vision takes shape. This takes years to perfect, and is the hallmark of any professional photographer. It has allowed me to evolve a unique personal perspective in my photographs, and from a professional view, it has made me efficient and concise in my work.