Along with the annual purging of the mediocre photos the end of the year is a good time to look back and celebrate the good images you shot this year. I like the fact that LR and the metadata allows you to look at how many images you kept this year; 3880, but I am still deleting. The library filter also lets me know what lenses I used and at what apertures I shot. In trying to winnow down all these pictures into some kind of manageable list, it helped that I had been pretty disciplined throughout the year in flagging the pictures I liked from each shoot. As part of my import workflow, as I look at each image to see if I am even going to keep it, I just use the (p) Pick key or (x) Mark for Deletion as a first cut. Just filtering on that flag, dropped the number of images I needed to really look at from the nearly 4000, down to a few hundred. I’ve written about collections and collection sets before. Within my “Annual Best Pictures” Collection Set, all of the images that had been flagged as picks became a new Collection for “2012 Best Candidates”. I had shot a few jobs and work related things this year, so I could easily filter those images out as well. All you have to do is select those images and right click, then go to the “Remove from Collection” action. Additionally, I don’t include family photos as candidates, so I repeated the process. This left me with 80 images to pick from; which at least is a manageable figure.
From within the collection I knew I wanted to get down to just a Top Ten. I use the rating stars as my next tool of choice. I figure that all of the images in the collection are already at least 3 stars, so I try and find those ones that keep drawing my eye back to them. In some cases where I have some very similar images from the same shoot, I use the comparison tools to pick the one. It took a while, but I got down to 12, then it was just hard to drop the last two. With the ten now identified, I just created a new Collection. These are what go out on the web and onto my iPad to show people. Remember, no one wants to see hundreds of mediocre images; a few outstanding shots will reinforce your brand.
So these are the images that I liked best this year. Many of them have appeared in the blog already during the course of the year. I really would love to hear your comments; good or bad on them