110 Faces of Lore
The Process of Selecting
the Best Shots !
With the invention of digital technologies, picking up the best pictures from the session became a crucial step in the photographing process.
Nowadays we can make thousands of shots with the low cost of memory sticks. We are no more limited to 24 / 36 frames of the film. However, we still need to pick up the best shots from the session, which sometimes can become a huge challenge.
My process of selecting the best shots from the session starts a long time before shooting. First of all I am defining what we will be looking for. Then I am correcting the frame during the session to obtain the best that I can. After all, I am selecting the pictures according to how they match the idea, plus I am adding some out of the normal scope just for the variety.
There can be thousands of ideas for the session, but it will define how you will work.
For example in the project Shades of the Soul [Street-Glam] the scope was to take B&W portraits in the urban area which would show the connection between people and the cities where they are living. Therefore, the whole session took place in the city with the camera settings on Black and White, to be able to validate the pictures just after they have been taken. Basically, I am looking for better angles, which affect the light and composition. The best practice is if all major corrections are done during the shooting... but the last selection I always leave to the end after copying the pictures into the computer, as the Camera Viewer is well known for not having the best resolution.
While capturing people I pay a lot of attention to the following factors:
• General Felling
In portraying the most important for me is human personality.
I am looking for unique expressions which will show the feelings. You need to remember that what is shown in the picture is actually how you as a photographer see the model, not how they look. People tend to have "many faces" with different expressions, and the photographer is a person who decides when to push the shooter and which frame to select. So what we see in the picture is just a one thousandth millisecond of someone's personality...
When I look for different expressions, I try to catch a moment when the model forgets that there is a camera in front of them. In those milliseconds you can see their soul...
Why do we need background in photography?
By using the background you can build an atmosphere of the pictures. It can be plain, geometrical, light, dark... depending on your idea. Usually, I have few backgrounds in my mind to start with and I am coming up with the others during the session. That's how I don't need to lose much time to look for the best place for realizing the ideas.
If you put together the background and model, you will get composition and light factors. And this is what I call "general feeling", what the picture speaks out. Also this is what you choose in the end - what you want to say.
While working with people I am looking for strong shots which show emotions. I seek unique frames which will not only be beautiful, but which will also show a part of the personality. I believe that we owe respect to the photographed people, and I am always aware how the picture will be read and which message it is carrying.
There is no one clear recipe for making good pictures. But while picking up the best frames from the session, you need to answer the question:
If this is what you want to show to the world?
110 Faces of Lore are part of our Photographic Project Shades of the Soul [Street-Glam].
Lorena is a theatrical producer and actress. She is full of charm with a strong personality. You can see her acting in the pictures above. Our cooperation was a pleasure as she is a flexible person who can adapt to almost every situation and take life with a pinch of salt.
It was a big challenge to choose the best shots from the session.
And which picture would you choose in the selection process?
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