Tiger's advice to any and all who want to take it!

I found a journal post from a fairly new photographer who was discouraged by the little amount of comments and critique she was getting on her photos.

I wrote following in response to her lament and thought it might be worthy enough to share with others:

[Name omitted as irrelevant to current purpose], I get frustrated too. From what I know from this and that, I am a great photographer. I started doing it about 5 to 6 years ago, but only got better when I bought a really expensive Canon EOS RebelXTi when I thought I needed a more major camera. Even then, it took me several years to get to where people started noticing my photos, mostly after I bought a good telescopic lens so as to get exactly what I wanted in my viewer. My biggest mistake was that I thought it was wrong to do anything with any of my photos, although I always did one effect to get the colors look brighter whenever I used a polarized lens. Friends I made from being in WebShots by commenting often on their photos or whatever started to tell me this would look better if I would crop this or that, or do this or that, and when I said something about it being fair, they said even Ansel Adams would improve his images through darkroom use. After that, my photos got better and better. Here is my thumb rule for composition. Find images that you like, whether photos, paintings, or whatever. Discover why you like them. Then remember that, and try to put the same thing in your viewer before you hit the shutter button. If you miss it by just a bit, you can always crop it to make it just like you wanted it to be.

Start there. One thing to remember — when I was a kid, my dad was a professional photographer and I learned nothing from that other than I was too bad of a photographer that all I did was waste too much film. Times have changed. Digital media is generally pretty cheap compared to buying several rolls of film, so buy at least one extra card or whatever. Take lots and lots of photos. Cull through them religiously and remember, not all of them will ever be that good. At my early stages, I would be glad if 1 to 2% of the ones I took were good enough to show someone else. As my skill has improved, I find now that about 10% of mine are worthy of keeping, although I never delete any picture except those that are really off focus. At every step of processing, I save the results in a different folder, so that the originals have not changed at all. I only started this after last Christmas’s vacation, so that tells you we all learn as we go. Do ask for criticism in the right group forums as said above. Also, comment on others, tell them what you like and don’t like, be honest. Make friends. Favorite the photos you really like so you can look at them again to get ideas of what is good from time to time. Most of all, have fun, like what you are doing and what you have produced. The number one rule all artists should follow is that if you don’t like it, why expect anyone else to do so.

Feel free to bubblemail me if you have any question about any of my photos, like how did I do it, etc. If you’d like me to critique any of your photos, please post it in a bubblemail and send it my way. I, regrettably, do not have the time to look at every photo on redbubble or to constantly check the forums in the critique forums, so the only way to make sure that I have a chance to see one you wished critiqued, is to send it directly to me. Be forewarned, I am very honest and will tell you exactly what I like and don’t like.


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