- Developing Your Confidence in Photography
- Rare Footage of Andy Warhol Editing a Photo Back in 1985 (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: An 8 Ton Orca Jumping Out of the Water
- Los Angeles at Night, a Timelapse Masterpiece (Video)
Posted: 01 Jun 2014 10:16 PM PDT
Some photographers are born oozing with confidence and self-belief, while others hide their pictures away from friends and family and spend hours with editing software tweaking and adapting their shots. The more they tweak, the less happy they are with the results they get. If you are one of those photographers, don’t give up and put the camera up for sale; there are ways to build up your confidence and self esteem.
The first thing to remember is that you are learning, and we learn best by making mistakes.
Then, you must never forget that mastering any art is a lifetime’s work. I doubt that even the most highly regarded photographers working today think that they have all the answers. Part of the pleasure of photography is the fact that you are on a long path of learning and creativity and that you will develop your skills as you move along that path.
Finally, remember that photography is an art in which tastes and opinions vary, and so there will always be a subjective element when any photograph is being assessed. Some people will be rapturous over a picture that others merely find competent.
To develop your confidence, develop the ability to be constructively critical of your own work and that of others. Look for what has worked well, as well as things that could be done differently and perhaps better. Most people find it easier to identify their mistakes than their achievements, so look at the photograph as though someone else has taken it.
Learn about your camera’s features. Find out what it can do in each of its settings, rather than relying on automatic to sort everything out for you. You’ll need to learn by practicing, by reading, and by learning from others, through looking at photographs in the media and in exhibitions, and through either through joining a club or taking a course.
Many people find that joining a club is ideal. It provides the opportunity to pick up tips and hints from club members who may have years of experience, to see the work produced by other photographers (some of whom will also be new to photography and therefore less confident than you), and the incentive to learn and develop by entering competitions. There is nothing like having a photograph commended in a competition to boost your self-belief!
The precise mix of the above will depend on your preferred way of learning and the opportunities available near you, but you can rest assured that something suitable will be near at hand. Choose wisely and you will have an hobby for life.
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Posted: 01 Jun 2014 06:47 PM PDT
Andy Warhol was a pop art icon known for his innovative and unique style of art. In the video below, viewers are treated to a look at Warhol editing a digital photograph on an Amiga computer all the way back in 1985. The clip makes us realize just how far digital imaging has come in the past few decades:
Warhol, who claims at the end of the clip to never have used a computer other than the Amiga, seems to half know what he’s doing and half be making it up as he goes, which makes for an amusing time as you watch the artist at work. (Via PetaPixel)
It makes you wonder what Warhol would think of modern day image manipulation and the powerful capabilities of the latest image editing software!
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Posted: 01 Jun 2014 03:11 PM PDT
If you’ve ever been out on a whale watching boat tour, especially recently, it’s not very likely that you actually got in close to the massive beasts. With many regulations regarding safe distance to the pods, the viewers are usually forced to snap their photos from afar, hoping the zoom will do the action justice. But, one lucky photographer, Christopher Swann, wasn’t confined by regulations and got up close and personal with an orca as it chased a dolphin:
While the exact weight of the orca and height jumped isn’t completely known, you can’t deny the impressiveness of Swann’s photo. It shows the strength, agility, and pure beauty of the killer whale.
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Posted: 01 Jun 2014 11:19 AM PDT
Two years ago Colin Rich, an ambitious photographer and filmmaker, set out on an exploration of Los Angeles and told the city’s stories through timelapse photography. The first two installations to his remarkably crafted LA centric trilogy, LA Light and Nightfall, were well received, and City Lights, the third and final chapter, doesn’t disappoint either. Have a look at his impressive camera work:
Rich uses a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 6D to capture the tens of thousands of still photographs used to assemble the timelapse video. The smooth panning shots were done with the help of a Dynamic Perception slider that is used in conjunction with a motor and controller.
The footage captures LA during its transition into night, when the buildings and city lights begin sparkling. The video also takes us outside the city center to take in the skyline from afar.
You may remember reading about Rich’s timelapse project before right here on PictureCorrect. You can revisit those stories, as well as watch the other two timelapses in this trilogy, by clicking through to Night Fall and LA Light.
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