Over the past six weeks or so I have become re-involved with some of the picture posting web sites like Guru and Pixoto. In so doing I have been doing a lot of "voting" in Pixoto's image duels and Guru's challenges. A few things have struck me as interesting, and actually surprised me.
Then there are people pictures. Also seemingly endless. I find myself skipping most of them. A frazzled old face will grab me. So will one that shows an emotion I wasn't expecting. Most pictures don't have any emotion. They are just nice portraits- and portraits are not very interesting to anyone but the ones who wanted them taken. That doesn't mean they are "bad." It just means it is very difficult to make portraits that stand out from other portraits.
Lest I forget: Dog and cat pictures.
More dog and cat pictures.
And then- yep, more.
But these sites are excellent places to learn a lot about other people's styles. What I am learning most is to begin to experiment more with different aspects of what I am looking at and moving my own style into new directions.
- Use my eye
- Look for what is outstanding- as in "stands out"- in the picture.
- Be even more aware of lighting and focus.
- Look for those perspectives that get missed in the big picture
- Macro pictures can be a dime-a-dozen. Look for that something different.
- Learn more ways to use post-production, adjusting, fiddling, cropping, and even going to HD more.
(Note: These all are my own pictures.)