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"Good artists copy, great artists steal."
"Picasso implied that great artists don't get caught stealing because what they appropriate they transform so thoroughly into their own persona, that everyone ends up thinking the great idea was theirs in the first place."
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
I could almost say that I grew up in my dad's darkroom. Before I was even ten years old, I knew and loved the smell of D-76, and the thrill of seeing a white page gradually darkening as an image bloomed under the glow of a red light.
Despite this, I spent my adolescence and young-adulthood focusing my creative energies on other forms of art: drawing and illustration.
In the last few years, however, my interest in photography has grown to be stronger and more compelling than it ever was before. Now I love to be out on a walk and suddenly be surprised when my "eye" spots striking beauty in a layer of ice on a puddle or in a decaying, abandoned building. Photography has become a rewarding outlet for my creative urge, and I'm glad flickr is here to give me a community and the tools to share my images easily.
I've had some unexpected successes fall into my lap. I sold limited usage rights for two of my photographs for use on www.sunkistsoda.com/. Another photo appears on the back of business cards of a major Tacoma-based engineering firm. I have recently licensed 13 of my photos for use in promoting Washington State tourism. One of my photos was published in the April 2006 issue of the German pop-culture magazine Max.
I have set up a website specifically for my photography: www.DaveWard.net
And if you're interested in "ear candy" please check out my original music at smaragd.DaveWard.net, or via my ReverbNation account.
WHAT MAKES A PHOTO GREAT?
People want to believe there's a lazy, easy way to become a good photographer. The want to know, "What can I buy to be a good photographer?"
You can't buy it. There's no camera, no add-on, and no lens that does it. There's no film and no process, not even any Photoshop filter for it. You have to earn it through practice.
People often ask a photographer they admire, "What camera are you using?" But the camera doesn't matter. A good photographer can take excellent photos with a $5 disposable camera. The camera is just a tool. Crediting the camera for the photo is like crediting the screwdriver for renovating your kitchen. Like a screwdriver, the camera is merely a tool.
The subject doesn't matter, either. There is no subject that can't be photographed beautifully. Anybody who's seen beautiful photos of run-down buildings, collapsing barns and dirty urban alleys should understand that. Beauty is everywhere and in everything. Any subject can be photographed well.
The be-all, end-all of what makes a good photograph is two elements:
(1) The photographer's eye. The photographer must be able to spot a good photo before that photo can be taken. The photographer can't show you something that she can't see herself.
(2) The photographer's ability to capture what s/he sees in an image so that other people can see it the same way. That's an admirable skill that takes years to learn, and a lifetime to master.
Those two elements are what it's all about. Don't credit the camera for good photos; a good photographer can take beautiful shots with even the worst junk camera. Don't credit the subject for good photos; even the most beautiful people can be photographed poorly, and even the ugliest subject can be photographed beautifully.
Credit the photographer's eye and skill. That's where the key to good photos lies--in the vision, and the ability to translate that vision to paper or pixels.
When I first joined flickr, I was using a Fuji FinePix 1400Zoom. I got a Nikon CoolPix5900 in 2005. In 2006 I got the Olympus EVOLT E-500 which is my main camera today.
My "raw" flickr user ID: 94336434@N00
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Want to pay me, thank me, or just support my photography?
Want to repay me for a favor, say "thank you", or simply support my photography in a meaningful way? Then buy something on my Photography Wish List. That list has things I really need in order to make the transition to becoming a true professional photographer.
Here's what I've been listening to:
Photos of Dave Ward Photography (2)
- Seattle 183,151 photos, 8,617 members
- Photomatix 536,363 photos, 20,619 members
- HDR 1,050,447 photos, 92,424 members
- U.S. National Parks and Places 193,000 photos, 9,603 members
- U.S. National Parks 222,249 photos, 19,746 members
- ** Bellingham Bay Vibe ** 1,394 photos, 63 members
- Beautifully Pregnant 11,767 photos, 4,412 members
- Women & Dogs 617 photos, 120 members
- Preserving Skagit Valley Farmland 1,996 photos, 56 members
- TRS-80 Love 342 photos, 113 members
- Redhead 57,872 photos, 6,752 members
- I'm learning to live without you but it's hard sometimes 1,344 photos, 177 members
- Apple Tattoo 132 photos, 147 members
- Picture The Cure 481 photos, 293 members
- Obama 4,028 photos, 1,251 members
- Obama '08 5,689 photos, 1,032 members
- Barack Obama Photos 14,281 photos, 3,190 members
- blue + rust 14,666 photos, 1,338 members
- Passionately Pink for the Cure 65,284 photos, 12,856 members
- Textures for Layers 14,931 photos, 16,321 members
- Objects for Layers -- Please read rules before posting 1,093 photos, 1,091 members
- Growing Up Star Wars: 1977-1985 1,011 photos, 1,628 members
- Welcome To Concrete 318 photos, 39 members
- Washington State Natural Disasters -- Please tag your images. 964 photos, 68 members
- Guys DO make passes at GIRLS THAT WEAR GLASSES 829 photos, 260 members
- 100 years old postcards, etc. 8,130 photos, 557 members
- Independent Lens | WOMEN MUSICIANS | PBS 420 photos, 84 members
- MICROSOFT: KEEP YOUR EVlL GRUBBY HANDS OFF OF OUR FLICKR 1,367 photos, 2,711 members
- The Posing Handbook 188 photos, 1,060 members
- Snafflehounds 574 photos, 119 members
- Camerapedia 22,651 photos, 2,976 members
- Trilobites 2,800 photos, 488 members
- Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffes & Hippos –The Big Guys (and Gals) 40,166 photos, 5,111 members
- A Very Flickr Christmas 112,492 photos, 11,863 members
- AFM: How NOT to get Deleted! The Rules Group 0 photos, 20,990 members
- Selfie Squared 21,993 photos, 2,722 members
- Ban Papyrus 86 photos, 72 members
- Olympus E-xxx Users 182,566 photos, 5,853 members
- Ghost Towns ~ west coast 6,194 photos, 609 members
- The Smiling Victorian 2,218 photos, 686 members
- La Diva 4,417 photos, 754 members
- Minneapolis 35W Bridge Collapse 167 photos, 21 members
- 35W Bridge Disaster 889 photos, 108 members
- Whatcom County 3,665 photos, 74 members
- War Between The States 14,052 photos, 371 members
- Free Paris Hilton! 69 photos, 137 members
- Fashion Photographers 223,722 photos, 11,421 members
- Studio Lighting (No 30/60 Limit) 108,295 photos, 10,183 members
- The Official Zooomr Group on Flickr 560 photos, 130 members
- Flickr Ideas 1 photo, 11,281 members
"Dave is cool. His photos rock. He plays music. I dig that. He also has the longest profile in all of flickr.
Seriously though.. I've watched his photography skills go from really good to great and I've just sit back and said "wow".
March 13th, 2006
"Smaragd creates beautiful photographs - not because of the locations that he chooses (although these are certainly beautiful too) but because his pictures reflect a honest, beautiful and integral soul.
Smaragd's talent keeps impressing me more and more as he reveals the wide range of his artistic leanings (landscapes, portraits, night scenes and urban tableaux).
What a pleasure to visit your stream!"
February 6th, 2006
"Smaragd has the most important component of any good photographer: vision. I see so many people on Flickr who get hung up on equipment or specific subject matter or techniques, but it really comes down to having a unique artistic viewpoint to express. Smaragd has that, and his photostream is full of spectacular results."
February 6th, 2006
aback account says:
"Perusing Smaragd's photos is time well spent. Amazing eye for detail, composition, color and texture. I wish I had one-tenth his talent or skill. He should be doing this professionally!"
June 7th, 2005
aback account says:
"If I was even remotely talented at writing testimonials, you'd better believe I'd have a damn good one for Smaragd!"
April 29th, 2005
Ragazza Guapa says:
"I can not believe that nobody has made a testimonial of such a talented soul.
Smaragd has been an inspiration, teaching me to look things from another perspective, creating from what has been create, telling stories with images, with sounds.
Thank you for sharing and inspire us"
March 9th, 2005
- Dave Ward
- October 2004
- Bellingham, WA / raised Aberdeen, WA / born Melbourne, FL
- Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Graphic Designer