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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

The Mix (and Mediocrity) of Photography Today

Gina Todorovich

Of all the pictures you’ve ever taken, how many do you consider to be great?

Not good enough. Not pretty good. We’re talking great. Excellent. Phenomenal, even.

I don’t have a precise number in mind myself. But given that I take a ton of pictures and love only a few of them, I can safely say the percentage would be low.

I currently have 2,317 photos on my phone (that I got on December 31, 2011—good thing I opted for the 64GB?). I can only think of a few of all of those that I truly love.

Over the years, several statistics have circulated about how many pictures are taken compared to how many are considered good and thus actually used. Rolls and rolls of film for a few shots in the end. (Yes, that was a throwback to the days of film photography. What? There are still film photographers, y’all. And mighty fine ones at that.)

It’s also gotten incredibly easy to share our photographs with one another. Facebook, Instragram, Flickr, 500px, etc.

So many options. So many photographers.


And it's quite a mix.

Culling is crucial.

As the influx of images only grows, what can I do to ensure I am only adding value to the overall pool with the images I share and not diluting it with mediocrity instead? I'm determined to be better about sharing images that I feel are my best. I am challenging myself to take better photographs and be more selective in sharing the best of those.

What’s going to make the cut?