On Oversharing Photos

To cull your photos in photography is the process by which one defines the keepers from the rejects. The next step is where you find yourself color correcting all the “keepers” but being at that stage doesn’t necessarily imply one should publish on our site or anywhere else every single one of those “keepers.”

I like to think that when we’re hired for a job, it’s not solely for our technical ability to capture something artistically but also for our ability to edit. Far too often I get overwhelmed in seeing people share work from a shoot because they’ve chosen to completely over-publish photos. Like everything else in life, there has to be a nice balance.

When I edit, believe me there’s a tons of photos I would love to publish on the site which correspond to the same shoot but when I look at feature articles within publications I admire such as Men’s Health, Self Magazine or even Travel & Leisure, you’ll never see everything completely laid out. Granted they’re limited to space because they have to accommodate for corresponding article but the point is there’s always a nice balance where they leave me wanting to see more as oppose to feeling I had enough.

I’m unsure as to why people tend to overshare but if I were compelled to come up with an explanation, I think because they’re not too confident in determining what they feel is their best work so instead they share everything so the viewer can make that decision. I use to be guilty of this myself. When I overshoot someone, it’s because I’m looking to have options while I’m culling and not because the aim is to share every single one of those repetitive photos.

A few of many photographs I took of Aimee but not all of them made them into final visual essay.

A few of many photographs I took of Aimee but not all of them made them into final visual essay.

More is not always better. Instead, try to aim for a more concise tightly edited body of work. The last thing you want for a slew of photos to be something people just scroll by especially if the majority of them are a depiction of the same subject or place but from varying angles. We don’t need to see all of that. Just choose the best ones.

In the event you’re wanting to share more photos than you should, I strongly advise you to at least lean towards an editorial approach which I’m a huge fan of. It simply involves selecting a variety of photos that relate to each other and are presented a beautiful grid like this one or this one.

Keep in mind that for this technique to work, you should know beforehand and while you’re shooting that you’ll be presenting the photos in a grid or else you won’t have that mixture you’ll need for all of it to make sense.

I know a lot of times we want to believe each and every frame we take is profound in its own way but that’s only the case if we take the time to present them in the right way to begin with.