Photo editing is an art, not a science. There are no hard-and-fast rules which, on one hand, is liberating. On the other hand, it’s frustrating because there are no absolute “right” answers.
We’re running a story on the wine grape harvest. Unseasonably warm summer weather has dramatically accelerated this year’s harvest.
I went to a vineyard and shot photos as grapes were being harvested.
It’s certainly dramatic and eye-catching. As we say in the photojournalism business “All the elements are there.” But it’s also a photo we’ve all seen before. As reporter Ross Courtney noted “It’s the photo everyone expects to see.”
A second photo:
Hardly a dramatic image but this photo has more content. It’s just the second bin of grapes to be picked in an historically-early harvest. The man in the photo is quoted liberally in the story. You can actually see the grapes in the bin. And there’s the added benefit of the old truck in the background which shows the bin was being weighed in a storage garage.
So, which do you choose as the main photo to run with the story? Drama or content?