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Re: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Photo Uploads

From: Steve E.
Sent on: Sunday, July 8, 2012 2:16 PM
I would certainly second Eric's remarks. Post your best work and be selective. As Jay Maisel, another of photography's legends, has said, "If you don't really like an image you've taken, what makes you think I'll like it?" Also, gaining a better understanding of why one photo works and another doesn't will contribute to your growth as an artist.
Steve Ellis
On Jul 8, 2012, at 1:20 PM, Eric Traska wrote:

Hi,

This may come across as harsh, but as a student of photography I must chime in again. This petty discussion about posting photographs must end here and end now. In my life I have met and worked with some of the greats; Cornell Capa, Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, Alfred Eisenstaedt and Dean Collins to name a few. Look them up......these are the grand masters of our time......and they all shared one trait....although famous they were willing to take time with a young photographer(me), and work towards making others that were interested in photography better. There are no hidden tricks all....photographers are in love with the art of photography and would give their life for it. In fact Cornell Capa's brother Robert did just that doing what he loved during the first Indochina War in 1954. You should all thank whoever you pray to that you have the ability to post and comment on your photographs, in fact I live by the motto, "shoot, shoot and shoot some more." However as I stated before if you produce 36 pictures you might only get 4 or 5 keepers out of the bunch and if you think you have more, wait a few days so others get the chance to post theirs. In the end you'll be a better photographer for it.....

Eric Traska

On Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM, Vicki Miorelli <[address removed]> wrote:

To all my fellow Mid-Ct. Photo buds,

I know I am a little behind the eight ball getting this note out.  I've been traveling and have a full plate these days.

In light of all the comments on Sue O's request to limit the amount of photos each person can post in an album I am complied to respond.

First, I was very disappointed with many of the responses, I looked at them to be very childish and mean.  I wish everyone had stopped to think why Sue was asking us to do this instead of having a knee jerk reaction.  So, I am going to shed a little light here.

The main reason why she did this is a few of us, including myself, brought this up to her.  When a person(s) dumps 30-50 photos in an album the true gem of what you did is lost.  To sift through all of  your photos to find that gem is time consuming.  If you happen to be one of our many members who don't have high-speed internet service and working off of a modem, it takes forever for your photos to load.   Not everyone can afford high-speed internet.

Secondly, I look at you as a thief. Yep, you read that right.  When you dump photos, one of our many beginners photos don't get looked at.  I enjoy viewing everyone's photos.  You have now stolen the opportunity from them to have their work looked at and praised.  It makes me feel so good to see a beginner, or at any level, make that big leap in composition, exposure or aperture control and present a wonderful photograph.  When you dump photos, it gets lost, you have now stolen from them a wonderful opportunity to present their great work.  Plus you steal from yourself.

I have taken many fantastic seminars from Linday Adler, Rick Sammon, George Lepp and others.  Also, I have had members in this group who are personally responsible for me becoming a better photographer. Yes, they take many shots of the same thing.  But, as a photographer should do, they pick the best ones and present those.  It's about taking a photo of the ordinary and making it extraordinary , knowing when NOT to hit the shutter, when you are giving a very unique view, story or perspective on a subject.  That's why I enjoy seeing everyone's work. Everyone has a unique perspective.

We are a group of many levels and goals.  If you are happy with taking "snap shot" present the best ones.  Not all of us have the higher end cameras, but you can take high quality photos with a point and shoot if you know how to use your equipment.   No one expects all photos to be "magazine quality."  We just want to see your view on life in the best way.

Our group is as much social as it is about learning.  We have excellent photographers who are more than willing to help you achieve your goals with photography.  We are a great bunch of people to hang with and get to know.  So, I am asking all of us to take this  challenge.  When you get home from a meet-up, look through your photos, weed through them, find those that BEST EXPRESS THE STORY YOU WANT TO TELL.  Then look to see what has already been posted.  Try to post photos that tell the story or the scene in a different view.

Comment on other photos, with praise and constructive critiquing.  Such as, did you try that as a vertical???????  Next time you might want to try a wider or more narrow aperture.  Try picking up the exposure.  You are now all getting the drift.    It's not all about us be a social group, we have all said that we want to become better at the art of photography.   

I hope that all who read this take some stock into what I have said and think twice before posting.  It's not all about you or me, it's about ALL of us. 

 

Vicki Miorelli





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