Taking Your Photography to the Next Level


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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.

light being

This was before the critique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was after critique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

How to Create Images That Stand Out


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In such an over saturated market like photography, how can I get my photos noticed.

Digital cameras and smart phones with cameras are everywhere and  it seems that every moment in life is captured and shared, so how can we create images that stand out from the crowd?

There seem to be so many great photographers out there.

With the advent of social media every person who ever picks up a camera has a captive market. People see so many amazing photos that they go, “wow look at that, I wonder where that is I want to go there,”

a palm frond frame

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Very few few people say “Wow, who took that amazing photo?”

So how do we get them from looking at a photo, to asking who created it and wanting to see more of this persons work?”

There are many ways to do this. Good training and good work ethics still apply, but this isn’t enough.

Whenever you pick up your camera to create art as opposed to just taking the snapshots of life, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

What is it that makes me want to capture this scene, object, person etc?

What is the story I want to tell with this image? What story is going to capture people’s imagination?

Think about what types of books sell best? What emotions compel us to want to own something for ourselves?

Start with these as ideas to create images.

Who or what is the central character?

What is the mood I want to capture?

Now look through the viewfinder. What elements that I see add to the story? What elements take away from the story?

I once read an article that said something to the effect that, when we paint or draw, we start with a blank canvas and add to it, when we take a photograph we take an overcrowded canvas and remove from it.

We need to simplify, to create a story that doesn’t answer all the questions, a story that leaves room for the viewers imagination, a scene that will draw the viewer in and hold their attention.

Old Shearing shed

Days gone by

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will add further articles that will help you do this step by step. For now though, when you go out to take a photo, slow down and take time to decide what you really want to share before you even pick up the camera.

New direction


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I have decided to start making some inspirational and motivational posters. These will be available through Red Bubble and are a very affordable way to bring art and inspiration into your life, either at home or in the office. I will show some examples here with a link to where you can get them. Would love your feedback as to what you think.

advirsity is as strong wind1

adversity brings out who we really are

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940424-adversity-is-as-a-strong-wind?ref=work_main_nav

lifes an adventure or nothing

A lilttle pup full of live and into eveything

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940443-life-is-either-a-daring-adventure-or-nothing?ref=work_main_nav

 

not years in your life

as we age a lot of people slow down, but more and more nowdays the grey naomads are getting out and enjoying life to the full

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10949104-life-in-your-years?ref=work_main_nav