Saturday, 5 November 2011

new52 | photography class

So the other week I wrote about my opportunity to go on a photo walk with my dad's photography group. I went, as you know, and it just so happened that I was invited to join the group. The group meet about two or three times a month and though technically it's a class they have it set up more like a discussion where all the class members participate and contribute. Each member brings three or four photographs and then those photographs form the basis of the night's discussion. So the teaching of artistical and technical aspects are brought up in a natural way during the discussions. I really like that.

I was giddy and nervous all at the same time for my first class meeting this week. My dad had informed me that the theme for class this week was portraits. Oh man, jumping in at the deep end straight away! Alright, so I printed a few, swallowed, and counted to ten to still my nerves.

It was interesting to see the others' work and hear the discussions. About half of the group are professional photographers and most of the rest have been shooting seriously for several years. I am definitely the baby when it comes to both age and experience. But I was greeted with enthusiasm and warmth from all of them which made me feel safe enough to participate in the discussions. I did notice that many times when we looked at the others' work I focused much more on the feeling of the photograph than the others seemed to do. But I guess it's only natural that the technical aspect is the main focus for photographers.

My work? Yeah, it got mixed reviews. But the feedback was fair enough. I got compliments on my composition in the photos but constructive chritisism on my editing. Most of them thought several of the photos were too bright. Personally I think that is a matter of photography style and taste, especially since none of them were blown out, but I do appreciate the feedback and will take it into consideration. My conclusion when I left was that I have a long ways to go yet before I can call myself a decent picture taker. But that's ok.

For next time we have an assignment to all take a photo (or more) at the same place in the city. That instantly made me super nervous. It's my performance anxiety rearing its ugly head again, of course. We will see how it goes.

Here's two of the photos I brought this week that they thought I should go back and edit.


  1. way to go, linds! it's great to see you wading deeper in photographic waters as you do have amazing talent. more than anything else, i know that you crave the creative growth, so i'm really happy for you! xox

  2. Awesome! So glad that you're doing this opportunity. It will help you grow in photography! (although it triggered bad memories of critiques from my college days - LOL!)

    I like the two photos you posted and I agree it's a matter of personal taste and style in terms of brightness. I wills ay I have noticed that some photographers (not you) seem to rely more on the actions they can run in Photoshop vs. taking a good, solid photo. I've seen one photographer with no training and really no creative eye that relies heavily on her editing to make her photos acceptable but then they just scream "fake!" to me. So I'm all for natural as much as possible. And having watched you evolve as a photographer the last 10 years....well you've always had an amazingly creative eye.

  3. Thank you girls for your comments, and your encouragement. It's easy to get lost in the overwhelming parts of technical knowledge. I do think I could be a really good photographer one day if I work really hard at it.

    Karri, with regards to the whole actions thing. Yeah, I've seen several of those as well. Some photographers don't even bother to expose right, because they are totally redoing the whole thing with actions and fake looking colours anyway. It's not my style but whatever floats your boat, I guess. Personally I think actions should be used as shortcuts to stuff you would be doing anyway to the photo, like contrast or sharpening and so on. That's what I use them for at least. :)