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07-11-2019, 08:40 PM - 1 Like   #1
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What single thing improved your photography the most?

As the title suggests, what is the single thing that has most improved your photography? Was it a book you read? Was it an exercise you did?


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Two things, actually:
  • Working my way through Ansel Adams, "The Negative"
  • Learning to work with a view camera

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Taking a year of drawing classes in the art department at the local community college. Drawing teaches you to see.
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Actively participating in my local camera club's competitions. I find I don't necessarily always agree with competition judge's critiques, but thinking about those critiques, both of my own images and those of other people, and why I agree or disagree with them is a helpful exercise to improve my photography. Also, in my club at least, often the competition themes can challenge me to attempt subjects that might be outside my comfort zone that I wouldn't normally try.

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Reading Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.
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Finding a muse and working with her for a decade.
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My photography peaked when I traveled South Europe, North Africa and the Caribbeans with a K200D and DA18-250, at the time I was completely naive, I just used my eyes to see, I'd see something beautifully lit by natural light and press the shutter. After that, as I started reading DPReview, comparing camera spec sheets, examining each pixel, learning about diffraction & equivalence, ordering more cameras + lenses on amazon, and my photos got uglier and uglier.

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IMHO it was a decent tripod...

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Learning to be patient, I think - waiting for everything to be as right as it could be in fulfilling my vision for what I wanted from the scene, my reason for making an image in the first place, or 'workng the scene' until I had the best I could rather than taking the first pic I see and moving on, wanting to see hat else I could find.

It's an intetesting subject becasue it will be different for everybody - the thing that improves your photography most is the thing that was lacking previously, and that's a lotdon to personality and how we got into photography in the first place.
07-11-2019, 11:51 PM - 2 Likes   #10
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A year of taking at least one photo every day with the Single in Challenge, over 12 months 12 different lenses used each month, it teaches you to push your vision and equipment away from the obvious and safe choices. The constant vision of potential subjects and the feedback from fellow participants helps to sharpen your photographic eye
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Shooting RAW and learning to use DxO programs.

(A good thread topic BTW. I'm enjoying the experiences shared so far.)
07-12-2019, 02:37 AM - 3 Likes   #12
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Shooting digital.

The big thing to me was having the exif available after the fact to tell me what worked and what didn't. That was K-100 and while I know there are people who keep copious notes about the film they shoot, I didn't and I didn't develop it myself either (just brought it to the local photo lab) and so it was difficult for me to know why some images turned out and others didn't.
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The thing that affected the most my photography was "starting to really understand it". I had a totally shallow concept of photography. I am still learning by the way, every day a little more, and also keeping notes.
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Improving composition and light.
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Automation {AutoFocus and modes like TAv} that allows me to concentrate on composition, secure that the camera will take care of the details for me.

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