How Have You Grown?
Written by: Tiffany Joyce
One of the things that I appreciate the most about my Flickr photostream is the growth that I can see emerging in my photographic abilities. I’ve maintained a Flickr membership since February of 2006, and have had an on-line presence since 2000. Throughout, I have taken thousands upon thousands of photographs, and have had several different kinds of cameras. Occasionally I like to browse back through my archives and reminisce.
It’s all about growth.
I used to feel it necessary to “touch up” nearly every picture that I took. Everything needed to be sharper, bolder, vignetted or actioned. I had crooked horizons, over-contrasted adjustments, and a whole heck of a lot of “no-no’s”. For instance, oh, look at this poor shot of Cannon Beach in Oregon, taken in 2007:
The humanity! Crooked horizon, contrasted to the point of being surreal, complete disregard for the rule of thirds… it makes me laugh, now.
I never shot in RAW, and sometimes shot in low-quality JPEG just so I could fit more pictures on my memory card. I had more faith in my Photoshop skills (negligible though they were, see above) than I had in my photography skills. I would address photo-taking with an eye toward fixing it later, rather than getting it right the first time.
I can say with complete honesty that I have grown a great deal. It has been five years since I started taking photography very seriously, with an eye toward making it my profession. With every day that passes, with every click of the shutter, I am more firmly based in my knowledge of photography principles and methods. Now, more often than not, the pictures that I share are straight out of the camera (like the very first shot at the beginning of this entry, and the one directly above – two new favorites of mine). I see fewer mistakes, and great improvements in my composition.
My one-year anniversary for writing for Beyond Megapixels is on the 18th of this month. In this year alone, I have grown in great leaps and bounds, and have gone further in my photography expertise than I ever thought I would. This just proves my personal theory that you learn so much more when you teach others. Thank you all so much for providing me with the opportunity.
How have you grown as a photographer? What improvements have you seen emerge over time as you practice your skills and continue to learn? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
Photo credits (for better or worse): Tiffany Joyce.
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