My Camera Takes Great Pictures and Your Mouth Says Nice Things

Your camera takes great pictures: and your hands take the trash out very well.

Every photographer and every person has heard this before. Perhaps it’s changed these days to “Your phone shoots better photos than mine does,” but the truth is that it’s a 50/50 split. I’m not at all saying gear doesn’t matter. It does. But your phone or your camera is simply an extension of yourself in the same way that yarn and needles are an extension of your friend’s ability to knit a nice scarf. Now, this statement is something most commonly said by folks who just don’t think of photography as anything more important than taking photos. It’s never said with bad intent, but out of purely not knowing any better.

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High Resolution, Royalty Free Images for Free? Zack Arias Says No!

Unsplash has been polarizing the Industry and Zack Arias weighs in! (feature image screenshot from video, credit to Zack Arias)

Internet rants about bad ideas, horrible policies, and just plain old drama are not uncommon these days. But let’s be honest, there are a ton of reasons for this, and chief among them is there simply are a lot of things worth ranting about out there. Take Unsplash for example, the image sharing website where photographers are sharing high-resolution imagery royalty free (ie giving away their work for free). It has been polarizing the photo world; some think it has a purpose, and others view it as a scourge on the industry. Continue reading…

Understanding the Difference Between Terrible Photos and Something You Just Don’t Like

Most photographers go about trying to become better by starting out with putting their work online. They share via Instagram, 500px, Flickr, Reddit, Facebook Groups, etc. Depending on where you venture into, the levels of toxicity may vary. You could be a portrait photographer posting an image for critique online but actually just be critiqued by a landscape photographer. And for a few seconds, you’ll sit there and read a glaring, sharp tongued remark about your image and how terrible it is. But in all honestly, your image probably isn’t terrible at all–it’s probably just something that person doesn’t like at all.

The first time this happened to me was in college; except that it wasn’t online–it was in a classroom. Photojournalism 101 was the course I was taking and I was assigned to do a project on some sort of important happening in my college. Like many other people that attended that class, my work was ripped apart by the professor. It’s one thing for someone to hide behind some sort of online avatar and spew nothing bit acidic hatred towards your photography, but it’s a whole different thing to get it in real life. For what it’s worth, it’s far more demeaning and disheartening.

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