You’ve taken the shots. You’ve reviewed them and discarded the failures. You’ve done the post-processing. You’ve backed up your disk. What happens next?
You are taking thousands of shots a year, maybe 10,000 or more, and some of them are good. Some even are very good, and you pick out a dozen for CPS competitions, and another one for the Exposure exhibition. Who gets to see the rest? You might put a few up in the CPS gallery, or even on facebook, but it is a sad fact that most of them will lie on your hard disk until eventually the bits fall off. So print some, and show them to people. Pick out the best dozen or so from a shoot, or from a holiday, and make them into a little booklet, maybe postcard size prints or a bit bigger, and pass them around friends and acquaintances. Of course, do it too often and you soon won’t have very many friends and acquaintances, so maybe a print wall is better. Pick a picture each month, print it 7×5, frame it in a borderless glass frame and put it on a wall. Gradually of course the wall will fill, so when it has reached capacity recycle the space, removing the older ones and putting up the newer ones.
You could go for one of those electronic frames, which can store hundreds of shots and cycle through them in sequence or randomly, but people don’t look at them, whereas they will look at the ones on the wall. And if you really want to make an impression, pick one picture each year and make a large print of it, A2 size or A1 size, and make a feature of it. Most of us won’t have wall space for many this size, so take down one at the end of the year and give it to someone who as admired it during the year.
By now you are maybe wondering how this will improve your photography. It is through the discipline of picking just one picture a month, or one picture a year, out of the many thousands that you take. You will learn to become more critical of your work, and to see which shots worked and which didn’t, and this will inevitably lead to you becoming a better photographer.