This weeks’ installment of The App Nerds Workshop by Lola Mitchell centers on those images that we’re not entirely happy with, even though we may have spent many hours working them, should we just discard them, learn from them and move on? Take a look below and see what Lola does in these cases. Over to you Lola (foreword by Joanne Carter).
“These past weeks I have been wondering what I should be writing about. I have not been taking as many photos as usual. I do take care of a 2 and a 4 year old all day every day and my husband has been working past week ends…I guess one could say I was feeling a bit burned out. I still squeezed a self portrait here and there.
I was able to take a few pics of my beautiful neighbor during a play date and the wonderful Sara Tune came over and we took pics of each other. That was nice.
But this week I wanted to show you my discarded photos… the ones I did not like enough to post anywhere. It is a bit shameful and at the same time I think it is healthy to show these….Hopefully I won’t regret this and won’t beg Joanne to remove this article the following day : )
I will start with an old one and in this case I did a different edit and posted it. The reason I discarded this particular edit is that it did not go with the minimalistic image I wanted to create. It was a tough one to discard because I spent sooo much time on it. But I learned so much from it.
Ok so here it is, I did it. But this one was pretty easy because I don’t feel ashamed of it. I think I might have posted this on Instagram at some point and deleted it. I also ended up rediscovering it and posting it on Flickr in February 2013. Which is what ultimately gave me the idea for this post. Why one day I would look at a photo and say…no… and then much later on, look back and say, not so bad after all.
This one below never posted anywhere. It is a photo of the pont des arts in Paris and I just started playing with some apps, added some leaves and that was it. I know I used superimpose, camera + for the bridge and leaves, alt photo….but maybe more.
Why I did not post this one? Because I just thought no one would like it or care. It is a postcard. To me there was no wow factor besides the beauty of this bridge and there are way better photos of it out there.
I find the selection process so hard to start with and yet I usually have no problem deciding. We all take tons of photos and delete even more, then the editing starts and the possibilities are endless. Some days I am just not sure why I would want to post and share a photo. But that is why when I have no time to take actual photos I always look back at my old albums.
The next one I did not post because I had done an edit that was so similar that I just felt it would not be so interesting to view.
So what makes us want to share one photo and not another? Honestly I am not sure, mood, what we are focusing on at the time of creation. I try to post and share only what I really love but sometimes I post a photo because it is new to my editing process. I also have posted photos that I wish I had not….maybe another post : )
What makes you decide?
Here are two more from last week. I had an idea in mind and it did not come out as I intended, thats why I don’t really like these two.
So do you often look at old albums and suddenly an image you did not even look at twice becomes the image you want to work on? How many edits do you end up just leaving in your phone never to be looked at again…I have many more… ”
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