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May 16, 2014 03:24 |  #1

Right, I was recommended to make a series of photographs on a certain theme. My question is, how many photos should be in a series? As little as 2, as many as 100?

I don't remember ever hearing about this, anyone care to shed some light?


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May 16, 2014 03:38 |  #2

as many as you need to tell the story, but not so many that viewers get bored (although it depends on the theme, and how good the pictures are, a broad theme with lots of great pics will have more than a narrow theme and only a few good pics)


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May 16, 2014 04:02 |  #3

What echo said. There is no set answer to the question beyond "as many as you need/want".


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May 16, 2014 04:10 |  #4

debokte wrote in post #16907990 (external link)
Right, I was recommended to make a series of photographs on a certain theme. My question is, how many photos should be in a series? As little as 2, as many as 100?

I don't remember ever hearing about this, anyone care to shed some light?

As many as the series needs.

And sorry, but that's as much as I can tell you. There's no formula for this stuff. If you want strictly laid out rules, then stick to something easy like math.




  
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May 16, 2014 06:07 |  #5

I was recommended to make a series of photographs on a certain theme.

You were advised to make a series or you were recommended to somebody else as the best person to shoot the series?


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May 16, 2014 06:20 |  #6

What has been said. Also look at some of the great photo projects of the past. A perfect place to start is with Robert Franks The Americans. W Eugene Smiths Country Doctor or the work he did on Minamata.




  
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May 16, 2014 06:25 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #7

I was told that one of my photos could be a theme for a series of photos thus the question.

Little acidy Clean Gene, I know its not a math but was thinking aomething along the lines of 'rule of thumb' if you know what I mean.

I do understand that it may be subject driven and specific from series to series, just asked for some guidelines and many thanks for that. You huys rock as always!


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May 16, 2014 06:32 |  #8

Gene is right though there are no rules or guidelines only what is right for each situation. Most of the great photographers all worked in series of relating images (bodies of work). Working like this can also help a photographer develop a style. And it's a process where editing (what to leave in but even maybe more important, what to leave out) is as important as what you've shot.




  
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May 16, 2014 12:16 |  #9

Keep in mind that series can be ongoing. Personal projects have no deadline, its what you want it to be. Some photographers release series and then years later rerelease it with more images and refinements.




  
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May 16, 2014 14:45 |  #10

If I'm iterested in the topic and there is lots of action I will crank off 150 to 200 photos no problem. I'll net this down to my choice of 12 to 15 photos.

But sometimes I will pack my camera along and only take 2 pictures. This is when I wish I was carrying my P&S instead of.




  
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May 16, 2014 15:06 |  #11

How many photos in the series depends largely on how the series is going to be presented.

If it is a series of photos to accompany a magazine article (images used to support the text), then from three to six images would be appropriate.

If it is a stand alone series used as a photo essay in a print magazine, then five to ten images would be appropriate.

If it is a series that an entire coffee-table book will be comprised of, then you will need a large number of images, roughly anywhere from 40 to 120.

If it is a series that is going to be used as a display at a kiosk, then anywhere from 5 to 12 images would be appropriate.

There are many, many more ways in which a series of photos are used, and the number of photos to include in the series is primarily determined by the usage and the way they are going to be presented.

So, debokte, I guess what we would like to know from you is, how is this series of yours going to be used? If you could let us know, then we would be better able to help you as you narrow down your selections.


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May 16, 2014 15:26 |  #12

It should have the same effect as a woman's skirt. Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to remain interesting.




  
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May 16, 2014 18:41 |  #13

Tom, many thanks for info. It would be a kiosk display series.
@gonzogolf - love your analogy :)

Many thanks guys, appreciate your input and comments. It is more clear now.

Cheers


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May 16, 2014 18:56 |  #14

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It should have the same effect as a woman's skirt. Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to remain interesting.

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May 16, 2014 19:19 |  #15

Scatterbrained wrote in post #16909653 (external link)
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