Making Compelling Images
My friend David from Oz yesterday sent me a link to a workshop that takes participants to off-the-beaten-track places north of the Arctic Circle to some pretty spectacular places. Places where I suspect my mother could make compelling images with her cellphone camera.
This all started a train of thought that I want to share with you folks and get your feedback/thoughts on. So we can always travel to exotic locations and make exotic images. Is that what it is all about? That we all emulate Art Wolfe? By no means am I minimizing Art (or anyone else's) photographic skill away. But, is that what it is all about? I personally think not. This train of thought led me to reread the post of the Twelve Elements of Merit and there, clearly, Subject Matter is #10 or 12. Impact is #1.
So here is the question I asked myself - How do I continuously improve my craft and my art? How do I keep marching onwards? I have a few ideas that seem to make sense to me personally, for my evolution as a photographer. Before I share those though, I thought I'd toss this out to you folks and get your thoughts.
What do you think?
I have been on several trips with very fine professional photographers, and I throughly enjoyed them. For me, I did these trips for the experience and the opportunity to photograph subject that are not easy available. For example, I went to South Africa to photograph tigers, leopards, and the Big Five. Additionally, I went to Iceland for the landscape. Also, I went to Costa Rica for exotic birds.
I want to stress that the experience must be important to justify the cost of these trips. I have many great images to which I constantly return. Finally, I love to travel all over the world.
I could not say these trips significantly improved my photographic skills, but I had a great time. That's enough for me. I am discovering that post-processing requires me to continually improve my PS skills and the other requisite skills to help me move toward more excellent images.