Upload & Sell: Off
Thanks Leighton, appreciate your words. Lately I have been so disappointed with my photography that I actually considered selling everything and getting like a V1 and just doing snapshots. I sat down and looked at the work of a few of you that I truly admire and tried to figure out how you do it, what make a similar shot of mine not look as good, etc. This is the early results of that.
Any other critiques from the rest of you, send them my way. I want to learn and get better. My biggest thing I need and want to...Show more →
Remember Kevin, this is an evolving process. Little doubt that spending time on this thread will inspire you, as it surely has me. It is good to see how other view a scene and then what they do with it. I find that half the pleasure and satisfaction I get out of this hobby, is what happens as I sit at the computer screen and look at the image. There are so many decisions to be made about composition and whether to convert a file to black and white. I'm very fond of graphical work of the sort Leighton highlights above, which certainly affects how I shoot in the field. But sometimes judicious cropping can take what might be an ordinary shot and elevate it. Here is an example...
What I already posted...
And this is the original image out of the camera... simply downsized.
I wanted to focus on the shadow falling on the leaf and played with how best to crop the image to get there. I don't say this is a great image, but it gives you an idea of the process. I'm doing this with images all the time. Some old timers believe the challenge is in framing the image in the camera. Yes, that is worth doing, but there is nothing wrong, in my opinion, to avail ourselves of the tools available on our computer. No more chemicals, no more fancy dodging and burning. We do it all in Lightroom and Photoshop. And I enjoy it immensely.
So keep looking at images and keep enhancing your post processing skills. It is all part of learning to enjoy photography.