About five years ago when I first started taking photographs, I reveled in the freedom to explore all genres and took every opportunity to shoot whatever got in my way on that particular day. I literally took thousands of photographs. Nothing was safe from my prying lenses. :-) And indeed, many of those images ended up in the bin - where they belonged, to be honest.
First up, you all know how I like to shoot landscape and seascape photographs. And I do enjoy it - immensely! However, I try to shy away from the classic sunset/sunrise shot. I know people love them and it is hugely enjoyable to be out at those times and come home with an "orangey" image! :-)
Whether you shoot ten or one thousand photos a week, sooner or later you will have to devise a method of organising them. There will be times when someone is looking for "that photo" or even better, someone wants to buy "that picture you took of me" two years ago. This is where an efficient photographic workflow will save your hours, stress and even money.
Quite often I am asked whether I "doctor" my images or use Photoshop. There is a general misconception among the public that all photography nowadays is "created" in Photoshop. Photography masters like Ansel Adams spent lots of time and effort manipulating images through various darkroom processes. Adams once said, "You don't take a photograph, you make it" Cameras are far from perfect for
All photographers will recognise this: that itch you get to go out and capture a photograph. The feeling you get when you haven't taken a shot in a while - a shot you really enjoyed shooting!
It's not really the photograph itself that matters. It's the act of "taking" it. Measured from the minute you decide to go out with your camera, to when you return home.
The perfect photograph - what a bold statement! However, I am not talking about any of my images. I have indeed seen many perfect photographs and paintings and like many image takers/makers, I strive to capture as near as possible what I deem to be a "perfect photograph".
Back in February of 2012, I posted one of my rare blog entries. It was entitled "Photographic Journey" and concerned my intentions to return to my photographic roots and start once again to shoot a more diverse range of subjects/objects. That post got over 15,000 hits! However, as with many New Year resolutions, as time went by it became more difficult to adhere to.