Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Expert Assumptions... and Style!

I get tons of claims that I'm apparently an expert of what I'm talking about. Just because I talk about anything don't make me an expert automatically. I talk about it based on experience and working for me and my situations for my usages for my applications. Everyone on the internet whom is talking about anything clearly does not claim to be an expert, which is automatic until they label themselves clearly an expert, that is when you can claim they are an expert in what they are talking about. I and many others who talk about giving advice, suggestions, tutorials, etc. such as photography, don't claim to be experts especially youtube directors (again unless labeled clearly that they are an expert).

In photography, with this situation it is a special breed because its very, very subjective and very individualistic arena where certain things work differently for certain photographers. i.e. types of editing styles may or may not work for a type of photographer. You as a photographer must find all the possible tips and techniques that work best FOR YOU!!! and your style of photography.

For example, myself, my work is heavily influenced by Mark Wallace, Lee South, Art Streiber, Chase Jarvis, William Kofron, Peter Hurley, Blair Bunting, and Scott Witter. I don't have all of their qualities, skills, techniques, etc. but I observe and study their work and educational materials and use what is best for me and my own style. I share on this blog, my youtube channel, etc. what are my experiences and simply share it with you guys what has worked and has not worked well specifically in model photography.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Critiquing:: Technical Errors vs. Style

Critiquing a person's work may or may not have a style in itself. 

When I critique other people's work, and more specifically model photography. I critique both the technical side and how I would apply my own style to the photo. I don't or haven't ever claim to be a master or expert in model photography or even critiquing them. It's that simple. 

When critiquing a person's work in photography I would always look at the technical side and give your opinion on how would you have shot the photo based on your own style, if you have one. That is always Honest and Constructive. 

When a person is giving me an Honest and Constructive Critique I accept is no matter what and improve from there. Sometimes I may disagree with some critiques and when I do I would sometimes ask questions to understand better from the critique or sometimes just ignore it when I intentional do certain things in my work strictly based on style in my work.

When a person at any level of photography is critiquing your work based on technical errors accept it, technical errors are not a style and work on your technical skills for future photoshoots or/and improve selection process by not choosing poor technical parts in the photo don't choose that photo, plain and simple. Now at times that person critiquing based on the technical side of things may or may not have misinformation so always take technical critiques with a grain of salt and double check them.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Awarded Local Gallery Award: "Emotionally Compelling" Adult Award by HAL

I am grateful to announce that I have officially won and have in my hands the actually award from Hazleton Art League at their annual Art Youth Expo. Here are some photos related to my award and a flickr set of my coverage of the event.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WOW Share! 19: "Using High Speed Sync for Better Daylight" - Mark Wallace/Pocket Wizard

Once I get a pocket wizard I'll be shooting more artistic night portraits with my off-camera speedlight anywhere in the world without a cord connected to my house lol.

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