Week 4 Synthesis: Curating Through MCBS

Being able to curate assets in this month gave me a better sense of what makes a great image. There is certainly no need to haste and waste time on lower quality images just for the sake of having them. It’s important to consider the commercial and objective value of a photograph before snapping the lens.

My photography teacher at Pratt told us, ‘You’ll go out and shoot a whole roll and only get one good shot out of it.’ This was hard for me to believe at the time, but her advice rings true. In a world flooded with visual media, the average viewer has an extremely high expectation for content. The images and projects I’ve been making fall under the same code. There is certainly a cream of the crop, and it’s important to understand your higher quality pieces, in order for you to present your creative self proprerly.

I’ve tended to wait for the right moment when snapping photos. Also, when reviewing a project, I ensure all the technical issues are on point. If your technicality is off, it’s likely that your video will be a bore. Especially, for a project like a portfolio, you must be careful and tedious about the items you pick and choose to put forward.

Curating helped me understand the value of high quality content. It wasn’t the only thing that grabbed my attention, but we were constantly reminded of the enormous amount of digital content out there. Boring content with poor direction will fail. It’s important to be yourself, and even take leaps of faith to be original in the creative process.

I believe these gentleman were talking the truth on both of their articles. Digital assets are so common now, it’s only right that we hold ourselves to a higher standard. With all of the media out there, its competing with thousands of similar types of content. If someone was searching for an image of a cow, they would rather see the five best images than some blurry half focused cows, cows from behind, or cows from a distance, or any other bad example of capturing cows on camera. Media should be to the point, and spot on in communicating a message. When shooting digital, there’s a temptation to just save as much as possible, in efforts to not miss a thing. In this process however, the videographer acquires too much content, making it difficult to properly label the footage afterwards, or to even find the great quality content in the first place. It truly can be a dumpster dive if the user is not careful with how they choose to go about capturing their content.