RE: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Photo Uploads - The compromise

From: Gregory P.
Sent on: Monday, July 2, 2012 1:15 PM
I shoot here because I really enjoy all the members. I like meetups with you and I like seeing your work. Some pros and advanced people have responded here. Even though this is not a pro or advanced meetup group, one of the things that all photographers can learn is how to show your best work. Learning to edit is part of the process.  Just because we can, and do, shoot hundreds of photos per event doesn't mean we need to show a proportional amount to everyone. In a group, it's really just courteous to contribute your part and allow others to do the same. Flooding the photo pages seems to take away from the social aspect to me. You can still enjoy all your numerous files and put out only a few for others to enjoy, learn from, congratulate you, etc.
If this were an advanced group the limit would be much lower in my opinion. One keeper out of 36 is the tradional expectation(from the film days.) Personally, my keepers are a far smaller percentage with digital because I shoot so much more freely. Even if 1 for 36 is used that's still 10 posts for 360 photos. So the numbers tossed around for limits seem about right to me. It's my opinion, but it's also something I learned as a beginner. Withholding most of my shooting makes the ones I post look better. I learn by seeing other people's top work.

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To: [address removed]
Subject: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Photo Uploads - The compromise
Date: Mon, 2 Jul[masked]:48:37 -0400

This seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle,
Again let me say that every member of this group is entitled to express their opinion as long as it is done in a constructive and respectful manner.
As a compromise, I'm going to lift the limit on the number of images you can  upload. BUT I'm going to ask you to limit the number of images you upload to 10 every 48 hours. This will give others a chance to have their work interwoven.
That said, I encourage all of you to edit, edit, edit.  It too is a critical part of the process. If you edit your work you will continue to develop your eye which is an important part of great technique.  It's not just looking to see what others have done. I challenge you all to do the following 2 exercises: Go back and look at some of our past albums and see what your fellow photographers posted vs. what you posted now with the benefit of hindsight.  Does it stand up?  Is each image you posted unique from the other images you posted?  Did you have a unique viewpoint from your fellow photogs? In addition, try a more objective view.  Go to the albums of other photo meet-ups, look at their albums and view them critically.  You may just come away with a different viewpoint.

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