The Art of Curation. The EyeEm Community on Choosing Your Best Shots
By Severin - 4 min read
Behind every great artist is a great curator. Yes, that’s you!
As taking a photo is now faster and easier than it ever has been before, the artist and the curator have become one and the same. We are our own curators, and choosing which photos to share, when to share them and where to share them has become an increasingly important part of developing your own style and portfolio.
So what’s the best way? We asked EyeEm community members how they choose their best shots and know when to share them. Read on for their insights!
“I’m constantly learning, but it totally depends on mood & yet still wanting to show my best work. How I curate has changed over time. I used to post what I immediately shot, but now I choose to post smaller photo stories from one region at a time to give people a feeling for a specific place & my journey in that place. Sometimes I still just post an image immediately if I feel it is really worth showing, as it expresses something emotional and poetic. ”- Linka A Odom, @themissinglinka
“I try to upload the photo as soon as possible. I prefer the pic when it is not necessary to use Photoshop or Camera Raw. I’m literally in love with publishing my work, but I limit it to one or two photos each day. It’s important that the people have time to look at the photos.” – Daniel Garzón Herazo, @danyelgarzon
“Usually I wait at least a couple of days before even looking at the pics I’ve taken and start choosing. The eye gets more critical after a while.” – Louis, @luigifrancavilla
“I post every few days so each picture has time to be seen before another goes up. And I choose by going through the hundreds I have, and depending on my mood I pick whatever I like the best. A lot of times if there is a mission that I think I have a picture for, I search for that and post it.” – Saira Siraj, @koshurkoor
“I always upload at least one picture a day. I post the shot that tells a story or the one through which I can say something: how I felt while shooting it, for example. For me photography is communication, and I feel the need to tell people something with every shot I take and upload.” – Chiara El, @chiarael
“It’s a ‘feeling’ of the right picture for me. It depends on the first seconds I see the picture. Sometimes I am alright with that, sometimes not. But it’s easier for me to curate photos of other photographers because I don’t know anything about the feeling when the photo was taken.” – Michael Moeller, @michaelmoeller
“I try to find a unifying factor or theme. Often it can be by subject matter or by color/texture/abstract quality even the spacing within the frame can be a factor.” – Janet, @jmathes
“Less is more to me. I try to clean up, straighten, color, contrast and texture before I upload. I never upload straight out of the camera. I study the different versions in the camera roll and finally make a selection to start processing.” – Bob Travaglione, @fotoedge
“It rarely happens that I upload a photo immediately. In that case it has to be a real good shot that I’m undoubtedly in love with. Usually, I let photos ‘sit’ for a few hours before I get back to them. When I look at them again, I select those that manage to reflect moods, that distinct mood I felt while shooting a scene. My feed is a library of moods.” – laybackandshootstars
Thanks for sharing!
So, what’s your process of curatingphotos?
Header photo by @itchban