So many times I have heard people say that they want to take their photography to the next level, but to do this it takes time, dedication and being prepared to listen to others.
For most people the last one is the hardest. Why? Because we take photos of things that move us, be it a scene a person an object and so we have a personal attachment or memory that goes with the image.
This is important in the taking of the image as it helps us capture more than just an image, it enables us to capture a story, but and it’s a big but, the story has to stand alone without the memory.
Why? Because your viewers don’t know the story, they don’t share the memory, so it has to move them just as it is.
So how can we tell if an image will stand alone if whenever I look at it I see the memory as well. The answer is simple, you get others to critique the image.
It’s simple yet hard to do as it is hard to receive criticism even constructive criticism. So it is important for you on your photographic journey that you do this in a safe environment where you are not competing with anyone, just trying to learn.
How do you find such a place?
There are photo clubs, online groups or special courses that offer this as an option. Do your research, see if you can see critiques this person or group have given or talk to people who have had thier work critiqued by this group, organization or individual. Have the critiques been constructive and have they been shared in a way that encourages you to try again and gives you the tools to do what they are suggesting.
I have recently had some of my own photos critiqued as I wanted to test my theory out and I was amazed at what I learnt in just one session. It is amazing how another set of eyes can see so differently.
This is just one example. Remember also that a critique is only one persons opinion and of course their technical knowledge, but as photography is an art it is also subjective.
Which image of the two above do you like best?
If you are looking to improve your photography there is a course called “The Dash” that I highly recommend. The people who critique the images are as much coaches as critiques, so they walk beside you and help you out on your photographic journey.
It comes with some critiques you can read or the option to have your own images critiqued. So whether your just starting out or looking to taking your photography to the next level, be sure to check out http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/aff/Jkh/20854b63.html to find out more.
Be sure to let me know which image above you like best in the comments.