Selecting Your Best Shot

1957 Buick Station Wagon

This 57 Buick was parked at the Burger King in my hometown.  The luggage on the top rack was all leather and true to the period of time this car would have been in its hay day.
This 57 Buick was parked at the Burger King in my hometown. The luggage on the top rack was all leather and true to the period of time this car would have been in its hay day. | Source

Robin Anderson Photography

I borrowed this phrase from an acquaintance: I don't claim to be an expert. I can only tell you what I have learned.

The question that I ask myself after shooting several hundred photos of a subject in an afternoon... How do I select the best photo from the day?

What I 'like' may not be what others 'like'. I have taken more than 10,000 shots for my blog and posted every single day for 236 days without missing a post. I have been faced with the task of selecting what to blog about every day. I have had to figure out what to post when it wasn't convenient to sift through tons of pictures. There were times when I was sick. There were holidays, birthdays, or I was just plain too busy to indulge my project that I had chosen for myself and my boyfriend without really knowing what we were getting into. And there have been many days when I wondered if anyone even cared if I missed a post. But it was a committed I made to myself... So here is what I have learned in how to streamline the process of selection.

Some days the best shot jumps out and scream, "here I am"... But some days, it is not as clear. Here are some things I do to evaluate photos:

1. Look at it in thumbnail - That may be all someone sees.

2. Check out the 'lights and darks' - High contrast grabs attention.

3. Think about the perspective (or angle that I shot from) - Everyone sees from roughly the same vantage point or eye level. Show people a different view... from up high or down low, for example.

4. Take note of how well the subject stands out from the background - A white polar bear in a snow storm... not so good.

5. Does the photo inspire others? - This is the hardest thing to evaluate or define. When I was young (before I could read) I loved picture books. They took me away just like written words do now. For a longtime, I was embarrassed to admit that I still liked picture books, (i.e. photo journals, photography books, etc.). Then, I realized what I like about them was the fact that they inspire me. Choose a photograph to post that inspires others.

For whatever that's worth,

Robin Anderson Photography


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks - iZeko. I learned the thumbnail thing back in 1990 in college in the context of logo design. The same rule applies to digital photography :)


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iZeko 5 years ago

These tips are great. I’ve also noticed that the thumbnail is important. Even here on HP, when I’m just browsing, I almost never open articles that have unattractive thumbnails. Voted up!


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States Author

thelyricwriter - COOL! Photography is sooo rewarding... and in my case, it has been an excellent avenue to writing which is equally rewarding! I look forward to reading your hubs.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Another great article Robin. It has been a joy getting to know you from your work. I see you enjoy photography as I do. I love taking pictures of nature and landscapes. I wish I could make my own calendar with shots from the fall. Good work and keep it up.


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States Author

PeanutButterWine - cool sounds like we have some things in common.


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PeanutButterWine 5 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Love the Hubs, I also have thrown myself into my writing and photography and I have found it to be something that has truly helped me re-discover myself and the joy life has to offer again :)


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Stephanie - it is so nice to hear that you got something out of the hub. AWESOME!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for these helpful hints, Robin. I especially like your tips for changing perspective and on choosing photos that inspire others. I think it's one of my downfalls that I choose photos I like best without always considering the impact (if any) they might have on viewers. Voted UP!


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States Author

As a first time Hubber, I first published this Hub under a different name. When I realize that I had had titled my account as "limegreen43" which is my email address, I shut it down... and am republishing my first Hub. Hope the community will benefit from my enthusiasm for photography and blogging. It has changed my life in so many ways that I never ever thought possible!

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