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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Choose One

Photographers are often asked "Which is your favorite photo?" Here's the problem with that question: Asking a photographer which photo is their favorite is like asking a mother which child is her favorite. It's nearly impossible for a photographer to choose a favorite. Now I'm going to tell you why...
Photography is an art. Think of a painter... he will put his heart and soul into every stroke of the paintbrush. In his head he has a vision and it is his goal to bring that vision to life. For a photographer, we look at a subject, whether it's a flower, tree, lake, bird, or human and we strive to capture that subject in a way that is uniquely ours. Most photographers "know" the moment they have captured the "money shot." But, that doesn't mean that particular shot will be their favorite. Art is personal. It's what you feel inside. On any given day my "favorite" shot of any given shoot will change. My mood may be different today than yesterday and I may find one shot more appealing then I did the day before.
To prove this point here's an example of a recent study:
I posted twenty nine (29) photo's from a recent shoot. Out of the 29 posted photo's no two people chose the same photo as their favorite, and no one chose my favorite as their's. So, what does this mean? This is proof that we all see things differently. Time and time again you will hear people, including photographers, say that for every 100 photo's you take only one may be a good one. But, if you are constantly searching for that one "money shot" then you may be throwing away an opportunity. There's a reason they say "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

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