September 15th, 2018
This is a subject I struggle with. I don't believe there's anything wrong with attempting to improve the characteristics of you images i.e. ISO, exposure, white balance and so on. Nothing wrong with trying to achieve your own personal personal artistic leanings either. However, a particular photographer I follow on Facebook recently posted an image of a sunrise along a beach. Seeing that it had obviously been Photoshoped with over saturation of the colors and even some color added to areas where, in reality, the colors added would not exist I complemented his Photoshop editing. He replied that the colors were completely real and the image was straight out of the camera! I didn't comment further. I've spent many mornings and evenings along the coastline he photographed and know what's real and what's not. Of course, uninformed Facebook followers commented with statements such as "I've never seen such beautiful colors along our coast", "fabulous job capturing the beauty of our coast, "spectacular photography, thanks so much for posting". Maybe that's all well and fine but as a photographer, don't misrepresent your work by misleading the public. There's nothing wrong with making an image look surreal but don't say it's straight out of the camera and no post editing done when it's completely obvious that it's had a lot of work done to it. In fact, own it! Brag about it if it represents what you were striving to create artistically. Practically every image the photographer posts is greatly enhanced and actually look very pleasing. Just give credit where credit is due. Give yourself credit for your own individual creativity lol!
September 15th, 2018
As a photographer, I am always looking at other photographers work and comparing my images to others. I'm sure many other photographers do the same. Things that cross our minds are; how did he/she get that shot? How did they discover a particular location? What equipment did they use and what were their camera settings? How much of the final image is reality and how much of the final image is the result of post processing? Ultimately, what differentiates one photographers work from another.
What makes a great photographer? Great images with great subjects? Public appeal? I guess all the above. It doesn't matter how much you like your own work. If nobody is buying your work, that generally means that nobody wants to have your images on their wall or representing their products in advertising.
(to be continued)