There was a time in my pre-dreaming life, where I would have done most anything to avoid the experience of having people evaluate and critique my work. But this is slowly becoming a thing of the past.
This week I attended a photography competition where people openly critiqued the photos that were submitted.
During the competition, I sat across the aisle from one ‘judge’ – and watched him look at each image as it came across the screen.
There were a few common themes in his critiques and suggestions tonight:
- When setting up your shot, make sure you have something “going on” in the foreground, middle ground and back ground. Watch for the ‘rule of thirds.’
- Look for images that have energy and movement, and ones that “scream the story”
- Make sure to pay attention to how many elements in each image will be fighting for your attention
- When setting up for a shot, always be aware of light, texture, time of day and composition
Many of the photographs I saw up there during the slide show could have been “mine” – the perspectives, for the most part, were pretty traditional and that is how my eye sees potential images. Although I cant really explain it, seeing those images gave my confidence a little boost, and it made me feel like I was a part of something bigger.
I also had a chance to sit next to a fellow Olympus camera user and try to help him figure out a few technical settings on his camera – if you can believe that. I was able to help him and actually have a clue as to what I was talking about.
What I’m realizing is that learning by doing is the best learning style for me – and being around others with the same passion and willingness to put themselves out there gives me hope that I won’t have to travel through this dream alone.
Remy’s dream is creating opportunities for photography showings and public displays of her work.