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The Leica M Photographer by Bertram Solcher

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8. Trash

Selecting the Right Images

You just got home with a fine set of images and here I am talking about which ones to throw away. “Kill your darlings” is a phrase often heard among photographers, and perfectly describes the dilemma we face when selecting images. It goes without saying that you will discard obviously blurred and poorly exposed photos, or portraits in which the subject’s eyes are half closed. Such images are not even second best and definitely belong in the trash.

How to Classify the Rest

When it comes to selecting images, all photographers have to overcome their own subjectivity. We tend to attribute a degree of quality to photos that is roughly commensurate with the effort put forth in capturing them. An insignificant snap ...

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