Saturday, March 5, 2011

Nobody's Perfect

I need to be a better blogger. It's true. Would you come more if I blogged more? Probably, huh! What if it was just me rambling? Would you still come and visit? I hope so. Today, that is what you get. Sorry...but I figure maybe I should let you get to know me sometimes...and let you know that there are other photographers out there who may have the same doubts, problems, worries, etc. that you might have!

Often I look at other photographers blogs and dream of my pictures looking like that. Do you ever do that too? We need to stop...not stop looking for inspiration but stop comparing...I do anyway. That is one thing I want to do this year. Focus on being a better photographer, creating better images...but not comparing my work to others. I don't think any of us will ever stop learning...even the best of the best.
It is written.
No more comparing myself.

Am I the only one who does this?
I was just wondering.
I think it's ok to admit it.

Now let's admit a few more things while we're at it.
Not all our pictures come out of the camera lovely and perfect.
So...I will expose myself...or overexpose..ha....ha.......................ha
and show you some of my terrible photos.
NOT terrible subjects...let's get that straight (this couple was probably one of my all time favorite sessions!) Just my mistakes. Because when you see only the pictures that are posted on a photographers blog don't you feel that ALL their photos must be absolutely stunning out of the camera?
I know that doesn't logically make sense...but I subconsciously think that.

SO here is me showing you, I am not perfect. Because I know you really thought I was...uhhh...right. Ha. Ha.

You get some like this:
Underexposed and look at that white balance, BLAH...


A little overexposed, and again, white balance...

And then there are some that really are just lovely...

I feel like I have come a long way in my picture taking abilities over the past few years. Starting out I would have NEVER shown anyone my pictures in camera or unedited. I would look at them on the viewfinder and think of how I could fix whatever was going on later, in Photoshop.
Bad idea.
"I can fix later" means "I can (and usually will) spend a LOT of time in Photoshop fixing this."

It's okay if EVERY picture doesn't come out perfect. It really is.

P.S. I started shooting manually this past year and I think that has REEEEEEALLY helped with getting the correct exposure! Obviously, from the above photographs, not every click comes out but still. Change settings. Try again.

P.P.S. If any of my photo friends who are learning right along with me (or want to learn) want to go out and practice sometime LET"S DO IT!'s a couple fun pictures from my last senior portrait session. She's so darling.


1 comment:

  1. I look at other photog's blogs too and I shouldn't because I do the same thing... wonder if I'll ever be that good :)

    Thanks for the reminder to stop searching to be better and start doing!