how to make better images
this s a question to the more experienced photographers on APUG:
Over the years,what was the most effective for you in getting better images? for me it was studying the iportfolios of other great photographers such asHelmut Newton, Yosuf Karsh,Horst Horst,|Richard Avedonand the like, technical books were interesting and helped to fine-tune technique buttheie effect on my learning curve was minimal. How about Your experience?
the most effective thing for me was working in a portrait studio for almost a year.
SEEING and HANDLING beautiful negatives and karsh-esque portraits, and then
working with someone to become a better printer. and then ... processing film and making prints
for 9 hours a day
i never really have gotten much out of technical books, not that i don't have any, i have a handful of them
but the physical objects did it for me ...
( not that you can see much of that in the things i tend to post here on apug )
For me it was improving my darkroom skills. I found books like the AA series to be invaluable.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch
+2. After four workshops with Ansel, it all (negative and prints) finally started to sink in. I studied his books and others until my b/w landscapes started to sing. But the real learning was from experience in the darkroom. I'm still learning as the available materials change. It's a bottomless chasm. I love it!
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Choosing my subject, and the Three Rs: Rote, Repetition and Refinement. It also helps to have a natural capacity for and awareness of, effective visual arrangement.
I didn't have way back then, nor do I have now, much interest in Ansel Adams or other luminaries.
“The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see." ~Edward Weston, 1922.
"Let me cound the ways" - kind of an accumulation of things -
After high school, the Army (don't laugh - you never know who you will meet that can help - or say something that you'll remember forever) for basics at least.
Architecture school gave me a sense of design that applies to many areas, photography too.
Books of course, but as you point out, value can be limited.
Sharing work with others, shooting in groups, etc.
Fred Picker's newsletters and phone conversations - again one viewpoint, but you never know where you will pick something up that changes you. Similarly, Lenswork magazine.
Teaching is great, if your students are in the habit of questioning your lessons.
I know you asked for one - I got on a roll.
I'm separating "images" from technical skills and print quality here. So in terms of better images, mostly my work got much better when I let go of what I thought I liked, what I thought other people would appreciate, etc., and started being completely honest in my photography. Along the way the work of certain other photographers helped me do that. George Tice was an important influence in that respect, for example.
You mean honest in terms of what you thought was important subject matter or enjoyable to work on or ??
Originally Posted by Michael R 1974
It's an interesting thought. I think I'm in the process of letting go of what other people think, but not entirely sure how to move forward from there.
Surely the first step to better photographs is to discover that the viewfinder is a picture frame and not a gun sight?
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