TO “CULL” IS to go through your whole mess of photos and sort the keepers from everything else. It’s the chance to be your own photo editor, deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. At first blush, it sounds simple. But skillful culling involves far more than just deleting shots where your subject is blinking or images with focus problems. Culling is an art form in its own right. Choosing what to keep and what to let go of requires being incredibly decisive while pursuing a strong vision. It could be argued that decisions made while culling are as impactful on the end product (whether a coffee table book, gallery collection, ...

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