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Aug 01, 2017 22:37 |  #1

So, I think there is something wrong with me. I really don't like the pictures I take. I feel they are better than snapshots, but I don't think they look like they were done by a professional, whatever the definition of that may be. I feel bad charging people money because I don't think my pictures have that "uh-ah" feel to them. People like them, but for some reason I think they feel obligated to like my pictures, because they are their pictures, so they compliment them. Do I need to see a doctor? I am serious.




  
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Aug 01, 2017 22:57 |  #2

How can we know if your photos are any good or not unless you post some photos!?;-)a. If you do, then you can get constructive criticism of your images: your exposure and post processing skills can only improve.


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Aug 01, 2017 23:02 |  #3

copmagnet82 wrote in post #18416981 (external link)
So, I think there is something wrong with me. I really don't like the pictures I take. I feel they are better than snapshots, but I don't think they look like they were done by a professional, whatever the definition of that may be. I feel bad charging people money because I don't think my pictures have that "uh-ah" feel to them. People like them, but for some reason I think they feel obligated to like my pictures, because they are their pictures, so they compliment them. Do I need to see a doctor? I am serious.

They pay for your work.
You work for their pay.
And you're still doing it.

Doesn't matter what you think of them. It's business.

If you want to do art, do it on your dime.

Very best, :)


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Aug 01, 2017 23:13 as a reply to  @ davesrose's post |  #4

Well, there are a few in the gallery, but in this particular thread I'm looking more for psychological help (I think -?), rather than CC. :lol:




  
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Aug 02, 2017 00:22 |  #5

You do what all of us do; strive to get better with each shoot. Seems perfectly normal to care about the quality of your craft. I would be more worried if you didn't care how your work looks. I'm humbled by many on this forum. We tend to be our most severe critics. Keep posting and continue to share your frustrations with us. We're friends. We'll talk you off the ledge when needed.




  
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Aug 02, 2017 00:34 |  #6

copmagnet82 wrote in post #18417014 (external link)
Well, there are a few in the gallery, but in this particular thread I'm looking more for psychological help (I think -?), rather than CC. :lol:

Can't tell you if you're deluded or not unless you share pictures.

Unless you just want to be lied to. There are many people who will do that.


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Aug 02, 2017 01:06 |  #7

copmagnet82 wrote in post #18417014 (external link)
Well, there are a few in the gallery, but in this particular thread I'm looking more for psychological help (I think -?), rather than CC. :lol:

Not sure what sort of psychological help anyone can offer to alter reality. Your photos are quite nice but there are a lot out there that are better. Either stop looking at other people's photos (and stay at the same level you are now) or look at them and then work out how to get your images to their level.

Part of the problem may be that you haven't found your style yet. The poses on the baby shots in your gallery look pretty standard "new born" shots and the processing is pretty minimal. Maybe the lack of satisfaction is due to the feeling that the images lack something that is specifically "you".


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Aug 02, 2017 03:11 |  #8

Would it help you to know that I find the work of Anne Geddes much too cloying for my taste; but in fairness to Anne, I tolerate toddlers, barely. Dogs, love, humans, not so much. Still, what's your take on babies? Maybe deep down, you're somewhat misanthropic, which is completely understandable, as I'm sure I fit that mold myself. OK, I'll stop projecting, but a declining interest in your subject matter, if that is the case, could cause you to reevaluate your work with far more critical negativity than warranted.


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Aug 02, 2017 03:52 |  #9

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....a declining interest in your subject matter, if that is the case, could cause you to reevaluate your work with far more critical negativity than warranted.

Sometime pickled onions just aren't for you.

When I started out all my friends said I took lovely photos. They were right (in that they liked them and I was able to work out compositionally why they were attractive) but I wasn't happy. After much thought I realised I wasn't happy because the images I took had no meaning for me. I see people posting bird shots and panoramas and baby photos and while they look good, taking such shots has no meaning for me - they are pickled onions. I see people enjoying pickled onions and they certainly look attractive but every time I try one they just aren't for me.

Maybe the photos the OP is taking just don't have any meaning for them? Of course if you are taking them for work, and that is what your clients want, then you are kind of stuck. Maybe look at developing some personal photo projects that have meaning to you.


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Aug 02, 2017 06:13 |  #10

I am hypercritical of my own work. My wife watched me cull rejects after a family shoot. She said I tossed a lot of good photos. She went through my rejects and restored more than half of them. Now, unless I can define exactly why I am rejecting a photo (hand cut off, OOF, bad exposure, etc.), I leave it.




  
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Aug 02, 2017 06:29 |  #11

We can often be our own worst critics and to some extent that is good. However, if you are questioning your talent and abilities, or perhaps falling into a rut, then I would take a workshop, or two, and learn some new techniques to apply.


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Aug 02, 2017 08:24 |  #12

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18417066 (external link)
Not sure what sort of psychological help anyone can offer to alter reality. Your photos are quite nice but there are a lot out there that are better. Either stop looking at other people's photos (and stay at the same level you are now) or look at them and then work out how to get your images to their level.

That's definitely a part of the problem. I know that there is a lot out there that is much better and for some reason I feel like it'll be impossible for me to get there. Obviously, just like most of us I look at other people's work, but part of me hates it, because I feel like if I take a similar picture, I am copying and stealing somebody's idea, their work, but at the same time, how many significantly different poses can you come up with for a new born?

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18417066 (external link)
Part of the problem may be that you haven't found your style yet. The poses on the baby shots in your gallery look pretty standard "new born" shots and the processing is pretty minimal. Maybe the lack of satisfaction is due to the feeling that the images lack something that is specifically "you".

That is part of the problem, too. Personally, I like simple, uncluttered, clean, and unprocessed images, but looking at everyone else's work, that is very "fancy" looking, I feel that my pictures are too plain and my customers will not be getting their money's worth. ...and that's when I usually just want to give up and start threads like this. You don't want to go mainstream, but at the same time you want to deliver what people want and what will make you money.

Maybe I'm just overthinking it.




  
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Aug 02, 2017 08:32 |  #13

sjones wrote in post #18417091 (external link)
Would it help you to know that I find the work of Anne Geddes much too cloying for my taste;

I agree. Again, just personal taste, but I feel that people want that now days, and that's why I think have the feeling of underdelivering.

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Still, what's your take on babies? Maybe deep down, you're somewhat misanthropic, which is completely understandable, as I'm sure I fit that mold myself. OK, I'll stop projecting, but a declining interest in your subject matter, if that is the case, could cause you to reevaluate your work with far more critical negativity than warranted.

I actually like babies. :lol:




  
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Aug 02, 2017 09:03 |  #14

I don't know how much you use your 50 1.2, but perhaps do more creative things with it, using props/materials in the back, just for a change of pace. The lens will render that background out immediately, so you could put any number of colorful items and they would just blob out. Also perhaps play with other lighting techniques, something I am trying to do now that I have a couple of AD200 flash units, giving me no excuse to be more creative in lighting. Finally, perhaps download the NIK software from Google, and try out different filters for different looks?

Basically I guess I am just saying to switch things up, from what you shoot, to what you use for gear to what you use for post processing... You might find some new things you like, and put some enjoyment into your results.


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Aug 02, 2017 09:04 |  #15

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18417096 (external link)
Sometime pickled onions just aren't for you.

When I started out all my friends said I took lovely photos. They were right (in that they liked them and I was able to work out compositionally why they were attractive) but I wasn't happy. After much thought I realised I wasn't happy because the images I took had no meaning for me. I see people posting bird shots and panoramas and baby photos and while they look good, taking such shots has no meaning for me - they are pickled onions. I see people enjoying pickled onions and they certainly look attractive but every time I try one they just aren't for me.

Maybe the photos the OP is taking just don't have any meaning for them? Of course if you are taking them for work, and that is what your clients want, then you are kind of stuck. Maybe look at developing some personal photo projects that have meaning to you.

You know what... that sounds very reasonable.




  
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