As photographers we’re in a fortunate era where we have more tools at our disposal than ever before. That said, there’s one well known one I have used consistently for years, that many photographers neglect.
When I first started out in photography after buying my first camera, it didn’t take me long to realize I was in love with portraiture. As much as I enjoyed taking my camera on adventures to shoot just about anything (and I still do), there’s something about photographing people that resonates with me. Before long, I was spending an hour or two every day looking at portraits on Flickr, 500px, and on photography forums. It became an obsession and so I felt my time was better justified, I’d save any image that I connected with. It’s almost impossible for me to unpack what “connecting with an image” entails, but despite how high my standards were, I just knew when I was going to save a portrait, and I knew instantly.