Monday, July 27, 2009


A job I both love and hate at the same time, is editing my photographs.

Since I got back from Paris I have been going over what I shot and weeding out the ones that just don’t cut it. Trying to decide if an image is worth printing and then coloring can be difficult. It doesn’t help that all kinds of emotions, thoughts and fears invade during this time to mess with my mind.

As most of you know, photography is my passion, but I also pursue it as a business. So when going through my photographs, thoughts like “will this be an image other people will like” are impossible to shut out. A little bit of this goes on when I am shooting but it’s really loud when I sit down and view everything on my monitor.

While I was in Paris I posted images on this blog and on Facebook. It seemed that the ones that got the most response were ones I thought of printing first. For the most part, these were all photographs I really liked as well, but I am finding it difficult to separate my own opinion from what I think other people want to see.

Other considerations include how much fun I think I could have working on a image and/or how difficult I think a particular photograph will be to hand-color. This became even more important when I made the decision to hand-color smaller prints first.

This decision was made for a couple of reasons. First, I like the idea of getting to know an image slowly. I can’t work on a lot of detail when I do the smaller ones so I am testing out colors and deciding what kind of mood I want to create. Second, I will be framing these small originals and offering them for $95 on my website and maybe on this blog. Each image will only be hand-colored once in the small size. After that, I start making larger prints and working with more detail.

While writing this, I have decided which image I want to work on next. It’s one I really like and I have a nice memory of when I shot it. I will share that in my next post.

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  1. It seems natural to me that the images other people are enthusiastic about are likely to be the same ones that you like. You are after all the expert!

    Would you go forward with an image that you love even if it had a negative (or neutral)reaction at first from your audience?

  2. That's a good question Katherine.
    There have been a couple of images that I have put out there that I liked but perhaps didn't sell. When that happened I usually only worked on it one or two times and maybe kept one for myself.

    What's different now is that this is the first time I put images out there for people to see before I colored them. Because of this I think it's harder to be objective when deciding how to proceed. This has given me a lot to think about.

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. I found myself nodding my head in understanding as I read your post, your thoughts and fears.

    When you are offering pictures of a famous, much loved place that others visit, often what attracts them to an image is their own memory, their own experience of the place. So as beautiful and technically flawless as an image may be, it could be the subject more than anything else that attracts people. Sometimes you just never know in this business.

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing your photos. The ones from your last post and this one are beautiful.

  4. Dianne, I have no where near the experience, nor the talent you have. But, I would go with the ones that touch your heart the hardest. You will create a beautiful art piece better with the feeling you have for them. The others will grab you later and if they prove to be the better ones, that's OK. I have set aside photos for long periods of time and then out of no where, I see what's in them. What ever you do, I'm sure they will be beautiful.

  5. Thank you Gabrielle & Bob!

    I appreciate the comments. I also agree with what you both said.
    This subject has given me a lot to think about.

    On the flip side, I have had images that were popular that I quit printing because I didn't feel good putting them out there. Sometimes they were technically flawed and then there were some that I just didnt' like.

    It takes awhile for me to get to know an image and what it means to me.

    Thanks again for the comments!