How would you react if you were a passionate amateur photographer and someone told you that, despite your $60,000 worth of equipment and your recent trip to India with a “professional photographer guide”, not ALL your images are actually worth something? Probably you’d be disappointed and might even react badly - right? The thing is you’d be wrong and if you want to improve, you need to take a moment and think of what I’m trying to say here - the truth is 99% of your images are NOT great. In fact, chances are they’re not even good. No matter how much you like them. Or your friends like them and heart them in Facebook or wherever.Read More
In this day and age of information, where thousands of images, articles, opinions of all types and quality literally bombard us every waking moment, we become, more and more, exposed to both ends of the quality spectrum - from the amazing and awe-inspiring to the truly, beyond-words, awful. True, that has always been the case, but in the old days (and yes, this does show how old I am!) awfulness had the tendency to be filtered early, discouraged and, eventually, stamped out.
Today, where every single person can build a site or a blog, post anything they way and share it with the world (and, through that, find people who will like it and agree with it), more and more failed experiments reach us and, for me at least, make me wonder: why? Why would someone allow themselves to share something bad when there is such a plethora of incredible resources (for free for God’s sake!) to help them. Of course, the answer is obvious: today people crave attention, affection and validation of their view of the world that they don’t read, they rarely learn and, worse than all, they don’t accept opinions or criticism.Read More