In This Chapter
Creating a photo set
Classifying your photos
Preparing photo sets to sell in galleries or shops
Everyone likes collecting stuff (well, most everyone). Just visit any museum, and you'll find a collection of something. In fact, art museums call a series of related works collections! As an art photographer, you can become a de facto mini-curator, presenting your own custom collections that collectors will covet. (Kind of circular, isn't it?)
Remember that every photo tells a story. As a photographer, you are the storyteller — or in the case of photojournalism, the reporter. Use a photo set — a collection of related photos — as a marketing tool for your work and to tell stories. The common themes are endless, from color extravaganzas to a common subject to timelines. Perhaps you want to show a progression of events, like how quickly a newborn transforms to a toddler, or a bridge being built. You can also use a photo set to capture a series of related items or emotions, like a set that shows the different rides of an amusement park or a rainbow of young people in love.
Although you can shoot with a planned photo set in mind, don't overlook the opportunity to harvest a photo set from the images you already have in your collection — the story that you can eventually tell isn't always obvious while you are photographing ...