As any photographer knows, culling is one of the most time consuming processes. If you aren't familiar with the term culling, it basically means cutting down the number of photos you took or picking out the best ones. It's hard for a couple reasons; slow loading images, trouble focusing and sitting still long, and the fact that some pictures look so similar that you're not sure which one to keep!

As a wedding photographer, this process takes extra long. I normally take an average of 2000 images for a wedding day (8 hours). I then try to cut that number down to about 700 (because you only need so many pictures of Aynt Susie smiling at my camera in the same pose and background before it becomes redundant!

 

One thing that's taken me a while to learn is that you only need one shot of simple pictures. I mean, the term don't beat a dead horse comes in to play here. When I first started, I took 10 pictures of a wedding table with details on it. Out of those 10 images, I'm pretty sure all of them were the same with extremely small differences. 

I've since cut that number down. If there is no moving subject, I will usually only take one picture and move on. It makes my post production workflow quicker, and it makes my day of shooting smoother!  

 

So for all the newbies out there, learn a lesson from me! You really only need one shot, then move on!

 

(This does not apply to key moments such as the kiss or other candid moments throughout the day! I will take multiple of those and cull through them later!) 

This is a screenshot of what some of my detail photos will look like. So. Much. Less. Culling! 

This is a screenshot of what some of my detail photos will look like. So. Much. Less. Culling! 

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