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Ibarionex Perello

IbarionexThePhoblographerEditingTips01

One of the hardest things for any photographer to do is to edit down their images to a select few. Whether they are images from a recent shoot or a body of work destined for a web gallery or portfolio, the process of editing is no easy task. It’s not something that’s taught alongside learning about shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

It’s an important skill to develop as a weak portfolio or web gallery can diminish the impact of one’s best work. Here are some suggestions that may help you to refine the way you evaluate, select and organize your best photographs.

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When I approach a stranger to make a portrait, I don’t have a lot of time to work with. It’s not unusual for me to have as little as three minutes to get everything done and allow my subject to be on their way. So, my mind kicks into high gear and I consider not only what I’m doing with my camera, but also with my subject, the lighting, the background and so much more. It is a mental checklist that helps me to make the most of the time between my and my subject.Though it may not seem like a lot, the regular practice of it makes it an automatic and intuitive process for me today.

So, there are a lot of choices that I have to make.  Here are some of the things I do to ensure a good portrait in 180 seconds.

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The internet is abuzz with professional photographers and enthusiasts who are dumping their DSLR to switch to mirrorless cameras such as the Fujifilm XT-1 or Sony A7s. The high performance and image quality provided by these small, compact cameras are convincing many photographers to switch not only models, but brands.

There are no shortage of articles that showcase that advantages of mirrorless over a DSLR and visa versa, but such comparisons alone are usually not enough to convince someone to make the change. The reality is that many photographers may not need to regardless of either the hype or the definitive advantages provided by mirrorless. Here are some reasons why you may want to stick with your DSLR.

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IbarionexThePhoblographerDaytimeFlashTips01

A flash can be an invaluable tool for improving the look of your photographs. Its use doesn’t have to be relegated for situations which are lacking light. In many situations, it can be the means to reveal important shadow detail, increasing color saturation and controlling contrast. So, while there may be an abundance of light around, there will be times when you may want to engage your built-in or external flash to improve the look of a photograph.

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IbarionexThePhoblographerDocumentaryPhotography01

Many associate the golden era of documentary photography with the heyday of picture magazines such as Life and Look magazine, but the practice of the photo story is still alive and well. Though such work may not find a home within the pages of most of today’s consumer magazines, there is still an interest in such bodies of work which can be frequently found online.

These photographers, many of whom I have had the opportunity to interview on my podcast, The Candid Frame, focus on more than just getting a nice-looking singular image. Instead, they show the power of a photo story where multiple images are used to convey facts, emotion and drama. These techniques can be used just as effectively by the rest of us whether we are focusing our lens on the lives of others or our own.

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There are times when an activity or event needs more than a single image to tell the whole story. A photo essay or photo story provides the means to reveal several facets of the narrative in visually interesting and dynamic ways.

You don’t have to be a photojournalist to practice these techniques. You can apply these simple principles when you are photographing a family event, sports or a social occasion.

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