Photographers are notorious for being poor judges of their own work. Selecting good from bad can be torture. What constitutes a good image is different for different people. Often photographers get caught up in the emotion of taking a particular photo and that masks the true caliber of the image. Sometimes I take a photo and I’m positive it’s a keeper, so when I process it later I naturally fall in love with it – even though it may only be marginal. The most difficult task in any art form is to be truly critical of your own work.
I have a list of questions I ask myself when I edit my photos, including:
After using these “editing filters” I’m typically left with about 10% of the photos I’ve shot. I took 250 photos today and below are the resulting 26 images, so apparently I had a good day. This is a collection of photos from Qingxi that I believe have passed all of these tests. Of course some lesser photos may have slipped through the cracks because like most photographers, I’m an awful editor of my own work.