I was pleasantly surprised over the weekend when I found out I had won “Best in the Show” and “Best Photo”
No sooner had I suggested in my previous post that everyone should use contests as a way to motivate themselves.
To get out and shoot and not worry about winning.
Then I went out and actually won one contest this weekend.
My photo won “Best Photo” in the photography category and I also won “Best Overall in the Show.” Continue reading
In general, contests can be useful and not just for photographers.
Besides the bragging rights it can be used as the proverbial carrot not the stick.
I stopped entering them with the hopes of winning once I was hired full-time as a photographer at the newspaper.
It didn’t mean I was resting on my laurels.
I still worked at my craft but I didn’t feel crushed if I didn’t win.
For many of us without self-control access to a credit card and an internet connection can be similar to being an unsupervised kid inside a candy store.
I was reminded of this very recently when I started noticing my online searches for a particular piece of photo gear.
That piece of gear started following me around in the form of an ad.
When I jumped between Facebook, Amazon and Ebay, I was being stalked.
However, I embraced it because the constant reminder actually helps when I need to compile a list of items I find useful in my photography, ones I would want to recommend to students. Continue reading
Having have a camera with you at all times, is the best way to improve your photography.
Even if you’re not using the camera, just playing around with settings and taking a picture can be very illuminating.
DSLRs today are so complicated I still find features I have not used so anytime I find myself waiting around, I often dig out the owners manual to see what a button does.
Those technical writers of camera manufacturers don’t always explain the ins-and-outs of their hardware very well unfortunately.
So it can take even season users a while to truly get how a feature works.
Sorry smartphone users, my biggest beef with them is there is no reliable way to control the depth-of-field so until such time they give you aperture control, I can’t consider using it beyond documentation purposes.
If all the time you have to devote to photography is your weekends , then try the following: Continue reading