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Be The Better Editor
There’s no way to go wrong with a photo of bacon. Unless it’s not a very good photo of bacon, like this.
If this wasn’t bacon and a fan favorite of carnivores almost everywhere, an item that can even in a bad photo conjure Pavlovian reactions in people who see it, it would have never made the edit and probably would have never made the exposure.
But it did. Because the photographer’s actions were directed by the same Pavlovian responses. Responses that replaced critical thinking. Critical thinking that would have said this is a bad photo. A bad idea.
The worst editor is the photographer who makes the photos. They are too close, too emotional, too connected to the creation.
“Kill your babies” is a screenwriter’s mantra. Hard to get a photographer to abandon an idea, an action, a photo too close to be properly seen. Too close to be as good as it appeared.
Step away. Step away every chance you get. Become the editor you need.
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