with the new year upon us, a new folder begins in lightroom. (I arrange my images primarily by date, hierarchically – exceptions are for images of my paintings, and special projects/scanned images)
According to lightroom, I have 4322 images from 2007. I know this is not a lot for some, but I do cull my images fairly aggressively. Even so, looking through a years worth of pictures I can say I really only have probably 30-40 (or less depending on how picky I am being)”good” pictures (good meaning something I would make a large print of or show as an example of my work)
And actually I’m quite happy about this. For one thing it means that I am becoming more critical of my own work, which motivates me to do better work.
Also, a 1/100 “good” shot ratio is not that bad when you consider that probably at least 60% of those 4000 photos are family event/party/social snapshots – never intended to be “artistic”, simply recording memories.
Right now I am compiling a “top 10” of 07. My 10 “best” images from the year. I’ll round them up, analyze them, and try and learn from them. Why did they work, and how can I build upon them to do even better in ’08.