Well, after a day of frustration with understanding exposure and a few hours reading photography books (I must have 1/2 a dozen or more) I'm better! I still think that a photography class may help me get more confident with my camera. I will have to look into that.
I am really enjoying learning but it is sometimes frustrateing when I know how to take pictures. I've been doing it for years. Now all of a sudden I don't know anything! I will get out and do some more shooting today. I do have to finish up the last few rolls that I can't process myself (for now)! I also need to find a local place to purchase film.
I think that I may start looking for another camera body so I can have one set up with color and one set up with B&W. The color is great for sunrises and general picture takeing. I am starting to prefer the look of B&W though. I love the depth of the B&W photos. When I get this exposure thing all settled in my brain so I don't have to think about it so hard I have a feeling that I'm going to make some awesome photos. I'm also starting to like taking pictures of people more than scenery. This dosn't supprize me too much. I'm always offering my services for free to high schoolers who can't afford to have senior pics done. Free models for me and some pictures for them to pass out to freinds!
Well, enough rambleing for now. Thanks for listening. Lori
Your photography has to satisfy you first, IMO, before anyone else. If sloppy brings satisfaction to you, who can argue with that. Myself, I couldn't think of letting myself go that way, it's not for me. Does that mean I'm striving for perfection? No. I strive for the best and most easily printable negative that I can make, as I find no glory in printing difficult negatives, only frustration. But to each his own.
It can be a style.
In art school my profs branded the saying on my crania - we've all heard it a gazillion times.
"A great idea executed poorly is better than a poor idea executed well."
But again, it's no excuse either for shoddy work. Obviously, there is a fine line....... Cheers.
My former roommate played bass and he always said that if he made a mistake on stage he would repeat so that everyone would think it was his purposeful decision to do so. A rose by any other name . . . Sure sloppy can be a style. But I wouldn't admit to it myself.
I think it can. IMHO a sloppy print showing an ordinary or even extraordinary subject will not make people turn their heads however a sloppy print carrying a strong message may do that. That being said I would still try to overcome sloppy...
Hm, as for an assignment for yourself, have you seen the movie "Smoke" with Harvey Keitel? Check it out, I cannot find a better and interesting example of a photographic assignment.
I let myself guided by what I see around me in other words I find that every type of environment has some kind of appeal (photographic that is); As suggested I carry a camera with me at all times and shoot what inspires me, whether landscape, cityscape or people. Love for the medium and a genuine pleasure to share what I see/ feel with other people is what drives me out of the house. Unfortunately having to work 9-5 leaves me very little time to shoot
Sounds like a book I need to get.
You will likely get more suggestions by posting this in the forum. Or doing a search--I do believe this topic has come up before.
Here is my suggestion--just carry a camera with you at all times (I carry a Holga) and shoot something every day, regardless of how mundane it may seem. I find that after a few rolls of this, a "theme" appears than I can focus on.
'The Negative' by Ansel Adams. Welcome.