Lesson 27: Create the image pool

Project A: 24 square prints (photo by Social Print Studio)

Project A: 24 square prints (photo by Social Print Studio)

Today we’re talking about finalizing your project choice and narrowing down your selection of photos so that you can finalize your image selection.

Re-visit lesson 4 and your choice of class project. If you chose Project E - the 30 day photo album, you don’t need to worry about creating an image pool by culling down your photos, so you can skip today’s lesson! 

For the rest of you, or if you’re coming back to follow these steps for another project, read on.

Put this into action now:

Project B: Square magnets (photo by Social Print Studio)

Project B: Square magnets (photo by Social Print Studio)

  1. Look at your overall story and threads. Can any threads be eliminated? For example, I just don’t have good photos of After School, so I can eliminate that thread, plus the summer transition into fall is more of an overlay than a theme in and of itself.
     
  2. Look at your choice of class project. How many photos does it include? Divide that by the number of threads you now have. Does that make sense for your project or should you further eliminate threads?

    For example, if your project only has three or four photos, you might want to choose three or photos from just one thread, or one photo from each of three or four threads.
     
  3. Map out how many images you think you’ll have for each thread - you can have some threads with more images than others, and you don’t have to only restrict yourself to the photos you selected for your photo-a-day project. (For example, you could use more than one photo from the same day.) Now is good time to start looking at the photos you have for each thread and thinking about how many it makes sense to include for each.

    You can collect the photos you are considering using in a separate album on your phone, or if you prefer, you can transfer your photos to your computer and organize them there or in your photo-organizing software.
     
  4. Work until you have a rough plan and a narrowed down selection of photos. We’ll talk about finalizing the selection in the next lesson.
Project C: 12x12 framed print (photo by Social Print Studio)

Project C: 12x12 framed print (photo by Social Print Studio)

Transferring your photos from your phone to your computer:

There are many ways to transfer photos from your phone to your computer. Many apps will sync your computer to your camera roll automatically, which is great, although not always 100% reliable. I like to do a manual import into my photo software in addition to make sure I got everything.

Project D: Metal prints

Project D: Metal prints

And for a specific collection of photos, I also like to use Dropbox to upload selected photos into a particular folder for access from my computer.

And if all else fails, for this project you can always just email yourself the photos that you want to use for your project…or simply order your project directly from your phone. We will cover this in more detail in the next lesson.

Project E: 30 day photo album

Project E: 30 day photo album

Today’s photo prompt: Where do you want to put more focus?
Next up: Make your final selections

Note: I'll be giving you daily photo prompts to help you in your photo-a-day project, but they are completely optional. Ultimately you should choose the photo for your project that best reflects what you most want to remember about the day.

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