Ethics?... please. this is coming from a guy who badgered me into agreeing to the photo exchange against my better wishes in the first place. I agreed to send one just to get him off my back. I wish I had not. Does "Great tube Art" ( a sophomoric reference to his... whatever) tell you all that he resorted to begging for volunteers for a print exchange? Nope, not a word. Sorry papagene, I'd send you a print if I had one to send and if I wasn't being badgered by great tube.
Originally Posted by gr82bart
A little perspective, I am publicly accused (they call that slander by the way, G.T.) of having no ethics because I didn't send a photographic print? So then, which sin is worse? I suspect what is happening here is that the organizer of an exchange cannot stand the idea that his exchanged failed in any way to produce 100 participation and he's justifying his existence as an organizer by publicly accusing those he feels let HIM down.
If you don’t print you cant get better and trust me making scans of negs then Photoshop never match a real print and you will never know what the negative is capable of. This is a mistake i think many make.
You need to sell prints? Hit the local galleries in your area, talk to local business, hang them around town, etc. There is always an outlet or good images to be shown and sold, you just have to make it happen.
If not then just shoot digital as there is no difference then, neg scan , digital image all the same.
The real beauty comes from a silver or alternative print. Get printing man you owe it to yourself!
And of course there's always eBay...
Kevin, you're sure right about that! I finally got access to a darkroom after I lost mine in a flood. I used the community darkroom at Evergreen State University (Olympia WA). I've got to tell you. They've got it going on! 15 Beseler 4x5 enlargers, a great print mounting room with all sorts of great equipment, super fiber print washing facilities, a huge and very well organized darkroom sink where all the water comes out at 68 degrees... they've got a temperature regulator there. I made a few postcard prints from my old stock of Kodak postcard paper. they turned out OK. Not great. I'm going to have to learn how to make the Kodak paper behave with that fancy computerized Ilford multicontrast head.
Originally Posted by kjsphoto
Originally Posted by SchwinnParamount
You made my day.
I think as I know you now more, might be you are geting what photography is all about. Just not satisied and want more, tipical and normal artistical problem, and at the same time realising that photography is not about equipment but about hard work, which is true. Might be it is normal for final stage of learning about photography. Unfortunately or fortunately, so many photographers never reach that stage.
Working around "blocks" with your experience is not possible and funny. You are just walking and walking around your canvas thinking what else to add to your picture before you declare "d-o-n-e". I guess it is good and would not accept it as a problem. I think you should not stop your own way, or change direction, and all will just pop-out.
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Have you considered working topwards a photographic qualification or distinction? The Royal Photographic Society here in the UK has three levels of distinction - Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship that are obtained by submission of a panel of prints, slides or (even) digital images. I obtained my LRPS almost three years ago and am now working towards my Associateship. The project gives me a focus (should I need one), there's no time limit (unless self imposed) and I can do whatever else I feel like along the way, including selling (rarely), giving away (more often!) or doing anything else with material from the ARPS project.
The RPS has links to photographic societies around the world (notably the PSA) and in the magazine distinctions are applied for and awarded to people just about everywhere on the planet. Here's the link:
You'll still end up with the prints, but also with the satisfaction of an "end product"!
I used to just show them to a group of friends and fellow-photographers. But that's just "show once, then put on the stack again". And indeed, that's not a real motivator.
Originally Posted by SchwinnParamount
Just yesterday, I took some ancient poster off the office wall and put some of my prints there. The first reaction was discouraging: "Hey, where did that poster of Ancient Rome go, and why is it replaced by pictures of some modern building?". All reactions since, however, have been motivating. Nice prints, nice compositions, are they yours? Hey, that's a square format, etc. etc. Yes, this is motivating! I have postponed this because I wanted to properly frame the prints; finally, I decided against it and just used some 'poster buddies' (sorry, that's what they are called over here) to put the photos on the wall. Should have done this much sooner. It's a kick to get feedback. I will print more, that's for sure!
-- A sinister little midget with a bucket and a mop / Where the blood goes down the drain --