coupeowner 5:17pm, 23 July 2008
Just found this blog and video from the main strobist flickr page and thought it would be interesting to others. As I see metakephoto, photoinference, Jason Marlow (and many other talented folk from our group) post their photos, and know that I was in the spot at the same time (often taking the same damn shot), but see their final product - it can get a bit frustrating. Inspiring yes, but underlying frustration at not having "it". As the video says, I have enough taste to know what looks great to me, I'm just not ending up with it YET.

There is hope. Don't give up. Take more pictures.
aback account [deleted] 10 years ago

I loved that, and totally rings true, thank you for sharing this!
metakephoto PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
This following quotes from Chase Jarvis' blog completely nail one of the reasons why I started the pdx strobist group:

"Mastery is rarely innate. It requires a repetition of the fundamentals - creatively, technically, etc - you name it. It's through exploring that creative process over and over that we get stronger and better."

"Get out there and make more pictures, and get your hands dirty, again and again, and you will close that gap over time."

I think another great asset to our group is being able to see all the variations from the same situation (whether it be posing, lighting, post, etc...) And "yes" it can be frustrating as coupeowner mentions, but I believe it's a great learning experience.
OregonVelo Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
Mine is like the early American explorers looking for a rail passage to the west coast. They saw the Grand Canyon and said "there is no way accros this creative gap."
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
I like this comment someone made to the Chase Jarvis post:

"Do what you're afraid of. Get out of your comfort zone. If you're unsure of a shoot, a concept, or the way something's gonna come out, push yourself to do it anyway and then look at your results." You may be surprised. - Lesley Krane
[ninjaphoto] 10 years ago
A little something from photographer Pascal Baetens

"My advice:

- technique is a language: the better your technical skills, the more refined you can make images
- language is nothing without message: technique is only valuable in function of an image: search for content, then translate into technical choices
- to find content: look into your heart, into your feelings, fears, hopes and wishes.
- be always respectful to whom you work with
- keep smiling! "


Just a little contribution to the thread.
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