Photography has been a hobby of mine since 1997. I am now primarily concerned with producing good images, but in the earlier years I mostly tested lenses, compared camera features and pixel-peeped digital images. In 2005 and 2006 I took a few photography courses at the local community college and noticed that although I knew much more about photographic technology than my peers, some of them consistently produced better images. Mine were sharp, well exposed and had no lens distortion, but theirs were nonetheless more interesting.
I decided to improve my photographs by training my ability to see. I got books about composition and color theory. I read, watched and occasionally wrote photo critiques at various Internet sites. I started looking at books and magazines concentrating on the art and philosophy of photography. I got familiar with the work of various photographers from all walks of life.
In July, 2007 I started this blog and in a six-month period I reviewed all my images, deleted more than half of them and cataloged and rated the rest. I started noticing many interesting shapes and patterns all around me and I started going back to places in order to photograph them. Without noticing it, I’d started shooting more often and with greater attention to composition and details. And I hadn’t visited DPreview.com for months!
In the meantime I have a few images that I’m proud of, so I’ve started building portfolios and updating my web gallery. I’ve even printed a couple of images, framed them and hung them at home and in my office.
I’ll keep writing this blog as my quest for better images continues, and I hope to get feedback and fresh ideas from you, my readers.
11 December, 2007