Recently, I was looking back at some of my old photography from when I first started, and trying not to feel appalled and embarrassed. Okay, who am I kidding, I felt appalled and embarrassed. The lighting was off, poses were strange, editing was interesting, and I had so many versions of the exact same pose! As I scroll through other new photographer’s galleries when they ask for critique, often I notice the same problem over and over again. While there are things we all struggle with as newbies, I want to share what I think is the top mistake new photographers make, and how you can avoid it from the start!
When we’re first starting out, we often feel lost and overwhelmed and unsure of ourselves. Often we wind up taking a million photos of the same thing “just to be safe.” As time passes, this will change as you grow in confidence and start perfecting your skills to where you can get the shots right in camera the first time. However, a big mistake I notice new photographers making is over-delivering images to the client. I remember when I first started loving photography, I would go out with a friend for a half-hour, and coming home with 800 images to go through. EIGHT HUNDRED! I would then pick out my favorites (probably 100+), and upload all of them to a Facebook album. The result would be a giant album with tons of duplicate photos of my smiling friend.
Over-delivering tons of images to your clients can have a detrimental effect on your business and reputation as a professional photographer.
Here are three reasons why giving your clients WAY TOO MANY PHOTOS can hurt you in the long run:
So how can you really put this into action? Enter: culling.
To cull means to sort through all of your images – discarding the bad ones and keeping the best of the best. It’s really as simple as that. There are many different ways to cull images, with programs like Adobe Lightroom and PhotoMechanic. Or you can even sort straight from your computer folder if you want. I personally use Lightroom. I can do all of my culling and editing in one place – it’s a breeze!
Curious on how exactly I cull with Lightroom? Pssstt… that’s what my next YouTube tutorial will be about!
Subscribe to my channel or check back this week for the video and post! I’m excited to breakdown my favorite ways to sort through images and give clients the best of the best.
Now that you know about the top mistake new photographers make, you can start implementing these changes and be ahead of the game. Don’t over-deliver. Get that number of images down. Show your best work.
Happy editing! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can get the video as soon as it’s up!