Chapter 12. Editing and Culling Images

Patience is not simply the ability to wait—it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.


Have you ever had a session where every image you captured was exactly as you envisioned? Me neither. Culling the winners from the also-rans is inevitable. In the Passenger Seat project, because the ratio of good images to bad was really pitiful, I knew that I would be deleting the majority of images that I made—thousands of blurred, boring, or improperly exposed images that were basically too flawed to be useful for any reason—because I prefer not to waste hard drive space with images I know I’m never going to use.

Some photographers have no problem deleting images; others never delete a single file. It’s a personal ...

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