HLK wrote in post #16986665
I didn't realize people were still responding to this.
Jetcode- I'm not involving myself in your drama and putting words in my mouth. Can you show me where I stated that the other womans work was "bad"? I don't think you can. Do your photos transcend the ordinary? I never said I was a pro or that I was seeking 2-4yrs of training through a critique forum. Especially when only a handful of people are helpful.. or even giving critique for that matter. I just started taking pictures of people besides my son. I'm totally new to digital SLR- I'm rusty on shooting in general.
Pookienrayray- no I don't use either. I don't really have a good understanding of histograms. And it seems like when I go by the highlight warnings the pictures end up too dark. I don't know. I haven't even done anything since this post a while back. I did start off early in open shade.. but you can see where the sun got harsher and we lost our shade. I tried.
You didn't say her work was "bad", but you did (albeit probably unintentionally) dismiss her skill. It's not that she knows what he's doing, it's that she's "bored", she has a beautiful farm, cool animals, and cooperative kids. I'm not saying that it was your intent, but your post basically dismisses her work by painting her as overly privileged. It's not that she knows what she's doing, she's just lucky enough to have access to things that most people don't have access to.
While that's quite possibly true, it's also dismissive. And that's a turnoff. Don't dismiss other people's work because they have access to things that you don't.
Secondly, this also comes off as making excuses. "yeah, my stuff might be that good if I was privileged enough to get...." Be REALLY cautious about going down that road, because that's self-defeating. In all likelihood you're NEVER going to be able to have access to the things you want, while there will always be someone else who does. Good photographers make the best of what they have, regardless of what they have.
Now, if you just think that the photos are crap, then fine. But that's another discussion and has nothing to do with her being bored, having cooperative kids, or owning a farm. Even if all of those things are true, what relevance does that have to the images?