Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

Photographing an event is great. In fact, all photography is great! I love it. I love the challenge of trying new things and trying to record the events as they happen and preserve the precious memories. This love for photography keeps me going, trying new things, and helps me keep a fresh approach to an event or photographic subject.

One problem with photography that I find is when it comes time to pick and best photos for prints or for a book there are just too many to pick from and I have to make difficult decisions. I suppose this is the struggle for any photo editor. I only taste it once in a while, but the taste is sometimes bitter for me.

I am currently working on a project of baseball photographs. I have to narrow the selection down to only seven photographs from this past year. I like to call these the best of the best. Once they are printed, these photographs will hang on a public wall for everyone to see for years to come.  So making these decisions does not come easy for me.

What makes for a good photograph?

Of course, I closely study the focus to be sure it’s clear. I also pay particular attention to the background of the photograph, which can be extremely distracting to the main subject. But what else makes a good photograph?

Here are three photos of the many I am currently looking at for this project. Which of these three is the best? Why? How would you choose the best of these three?

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One Response to Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

  1. Brad says:

    You named two of the most important things, a sharp image and non destracting back ground that takes the eyes away from the image. These have the action also and a shutter speed to freeze the ball. I like the first and last photographs, the midddle one I am attracted to the ump and on deck batter because they are cut off. In the others I look directly at the action.

    It was a good time in SNP, not as good as any other time I have ever been there. One had to really work for it this time, I think because there is so many acorns the deer had no reason to leave the woods. It was still productive and relaxing. Maybe you can make the trip sometime.

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