To post or not to post?

Here I am, in August 2019, trying to select and to work on all my pictures from last summer. (Me, late? Never!)

The beginning

Last week I started to work on the pictures I took during a short trip to Barcelona I made last July for my work.  Generally, when I work on my pictures, I have always in mind that I need an article for my blog, with an average of 5 pictures by article.

So, I selected 7 pictures.

I post-processed them.

I applied my watermark.

I start writing the article for the blog about this cute park where I took all my selected pictures.

And I looked again at my 7 pictures.

This picture is not working, as Edgar is not visible enough.

The panic

And I realized I only like 3 of them. An alarm started immediately to yell in my brain “What about the article?!! Impossible with only 3 pictures!”

Worse, on all 3, you cannot notice it has been taken in Barcelona (or even in a city). Only nature, flowers and colors.

As I needed an external point of view, I asked my boyfriend “Are these pictures good enough to be on the blog?”. The sentence fell with no mercy: “No”.

Here we don’t know what the subject is.

The reflection

Then, I remembered this great article Maëlick wrote about social media and the urge to post, even if the picture is not so good. Did I really want to post some pictures I’m not proud of? Not so much.

I don’t post so often as I wish on my blog, so no article about Barcelona. Is it that terrible? Definitively not.

So, I’ve deleted my draft and posted one of the 3 pictures instead, the one I’m the most pleased about.

My favorite picture from Barcelona.

4 months ago, I would have posted all 7 pictures.

The good point

I’m happy with this experience. I think my “photography maturity” is no longer only about learning how to take a nice picture and how to use my camera., It’s now also about being more critical about my work and decide that sometimes, less is more. And about admitting that sometimes I shoot without having pictures to share at the end. I guess it’s part of the learning process.

After 2 days of reflection, I’m writing this article for Stuck in Plastic instead. So OK, I’m publishing my not-good-pictures but in a reflection post and I’m fine with it.

What about you? Do you often deal with this critical question “To post or not to post?”.

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Jeffrey Newton
4 years ago

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the read, and the pictures!

4 years ago

Taking the decision to not post a picture on social media just because I took it, and forcing myself to let some time pass, is probably the decisions that made me progress most.

Sometimes we’re too emotionally invested in a photo. But by letting time pass, we can take more distance and see them in a different way. Then I’ve found the question “Is this a photo technically good?” can also become “Do I find this photo worth sharing even if it is technically good?”

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