Check Your Folders!

By Cory Disbrow on January 18th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Photography 101   |    1 Comment

Hey guys! Today, I’m going to share with you something that I do on a semi-regular basis when I’m getting into a funk editing photos.

Sometimes, when I’m on a huge editing spree and hundreds or thousands of photos are going through my workflow, I get into a little bit of a funk. A lot of that has to do with editing the same style shots from the same trip. For example, I was looking through my shots from my trip in October 2011 for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. Many of the shots I took on that trip were with either an 85mm or 135mm lens. Those are pretty tight lenses, and a lot of the shots I got were details shots, or things that are smaller. My approach to shooting that type of stuff is totally different from when I shoot ultra wide, or even a more “normal” focal length. I was starting to get tired of the shots I had taken. How many different versions can you have of the fountains in the Morocco pavilion? I can tell you. Lots.

So, what I do sometimes when this happens is to go back and look at folders from old trips. Now, I have been lucky enough to travel to Disney quite a bit the past few years, so I have a lot of stuff to look back on. For this particular instance, I went back to a trip I took in June of 2010. One of the days on this trip, I had a Prime Lens Day, which is when you put on one fixed focal length lens all day, and you force yourself to work on composition without having the crutch of a zoom. I had a 50mm f/1.4 attached to my camera this day, and after a morning and afternoon at EPCOT, I made my way over to the Magic Kingdom. Right when I got there, I had noticed the Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Street Party was coming down Main Street. I quickly made my way to the end of Town Square and got what I thought was a great angle on the parade. I only took a few snaps, since I was in a hurry to meet up with a friend. So, much to my dismay, I see this when I return home:

This shot had just about everything I could want in it. Some characters, nice colors, and some silly icon in the background. But, Mr. In a Rush (that was me) didn’t take his time and look at the LCD, and a big and out of focus head ruined my shot. So, I never touched it. Fast forward to a few days ago, here in good old (young?) 2012. I opened this shot again, and since my mind was already geared on tighter compositions, I saw something. So I took out my Crop tool in Photoshop, and made this image:

Wow! I still had a character in the shot. I still had nice colors. I still had the most photographed structure in all of the known world in the background. But, I was also able to get rid of that head and the construction scrim on Main Street that were in the “ruined” photo. So, I guess the moral of the story is that when you get home from a trip, don’t necessarily just throw the shots you don’t like into the trash bin on your computer. They may turn up to be something you really like a year and six months later! Thanks for reading, see ya real soon!

1 Comment

  1. Mary   |   Jul 20, 2012

    I agree wholeheartedly with this tip. However, I must say that I like both versions of that photo. The first one is great because it shows life and movement (even if she’s blurred.) And the second one looks like a professional Disney promotional image.



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