Tip #1: Show Only Your BEST WorkIt's been said that the difference between beginning and experienced photographers is that novices show ALL their pictures while experts show ONLY their best. Whether you're a serious hobbyist or an aspiring pro, self-critiquing is a key step in a photographer's development.
An online photo gallery is a great way to get a handle on your work. In other words, you can easily see how your newest photos measure up to your best previous work. BetterPhoto.com® can help you build a photography Web site.
Tip #2: Wait Before Deleting Your PhotosTime is part of the process, since the best analysis really can't be done immediately after shooting. If possible, wait a while until the excitement (and emotions) of the experience has died down. That's the best way to properly evaluate your images.
When you do get to the review stage, judge your photos not just in terms of technical aspects (focusing and exposure), but also in terms of good light, proper Depth of Field, a strong composition, etc. And check them for possible distractions, too (i.e., glaring "hot spots" or other background objects that draw the eye away from the main subject).
The review process should be part of your ongoing workflow. For example, photos you considered great now may be replaced by even better images somewhere down the road.
Tip #3: Study the Photo Galleries of OthersStudy the work of other photographers. At BetterPhoto, this too is super easy! For example, check out the galleries and Web sites of instructors and other BP members.
Also, look at the photo contest finalists and winners each month. As you look at all of these stellar photos, try to determine why certain photos catch your eye:
The Next Step: Build Your Photo Gallery or Take an Online Photography ClassOkay are you ready to build a photographer's Web site? BetterPhoto offers two Web site options - all cool and very sleek. To find your best next online Web site, compare the BetterPholio™ options. In addition, you can become a member of BetterPhoto and get a great photo gallery at an economical price.
Also you can take an online class to learn how to put your very best foot forward, developing portfolios that display your finest photos. In his BetterPhoto online photo course - Portfolio Development - Outdoor Photographer columnist William Neill covers the art of editing your images and developing thematic portfolios.
Have fun shooting and editing!
About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager