Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I have had the privilege recently of having some friends who are artists give me some constructive feedback on my photography and I thought I might share some of what has been said.
I chose to get feedback from artists as it is the creative, artistic approach to photography that I feel I lack the most.
The resounding feedback I am getting is that my photos aren't evoking enough of an emotional response. Although the pictures are techically good (sharp, good contrast and saturation, good composition) they aren't telling enough of a story. This is good feedback. Its not just good enough to photograph a scene well. It needs to tell a story, bring across mood, evoke an emotion, transport you there... You might apply this feedback to say landscape photography (like the photo above from Jay Wesler) only by I think this can apply to all types. Whether photographing people, animals, buildings or flowers its not just enough to capture the object. It needs to tell a story!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I find that the beautiful colours of autumn are here best seen and photographed in one of the many arboretums scattered around the country. I am lucky enough to live near to Harcourt Arboretum in Nuneham Courtney and only one hours drive from Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury.
The acers are my favourite.
I think I've struggled here to get the full impact and atmosphere (poor lighting) and I don't think its very well focused. I should have used an f-stop of about 11 or higher and set the hyperfocal distance about 5 meters into the shot.
Oh well, maybe next time.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
As I'm starting to get into digital photography I thought I'd keep up with the world by posting a regular blog of what I'm photographing, where I'm going and what gear I'm using.
I also want to share problems I'm having and get your help in improving by having you critique my photos. For now, all my photos are on www.flickr.com/photos/danandbecs so please go on there and have a look at them and put your thoughts down in the comments box.
Bye for now!