A lot of photographers have by now posted a “best of 2010” entry on their blogs.
I was prompted to do this by the Dyxum Minolta/Sony forum’s competition. There was only one photo that really stood out for me.
After a lot of thought, I settled on my fashion shot of Rose from the AAD Fashion show as my second entry.
So why did these shots work for me?
These two shots simply “jumped out” at me the most. Celina’s makeup, and face expression instantly stood out for me. The fashion shot of Rose was more difficult, with many other shots throughout the year being very similar, sometimes even technically better.
The other photos don’t pop out with enough emotion and don’t connect enough. Thats it. :/
Don’t get me wrong I’m quite proud of the work and I think I’ve achieved fantastic results, but in the words of a critic that I trust, my shots can be a bit “flat” in terms of creating a connection between the viewer and the contents. I agree with her.
Apologies if this all sounds a bit artsy but this is stuff that is difficult to put into words, and (at least for me) far more difficult to learn than camera settings and lighting. It’s easy to understand because when you see it in a photo you know it, but it’s far more difficult to reproduce.
My aim this year is to focus on exploring this while I continue learning and practicing, hopefully producing truly breathtaking images.
[Update]Just in case there’s a chance of my post being misinterpreted, I want to add that when a photo isn’t working, it’s always</> the fault of the photographer. Its my role to bring out the best for a shot by making people feel comfortable and communicating to working together to produce the images. Things I need a lot of improvement on.
Technical stuff is easy, it’s just reading and experimenting. People and communication skills are far more difficult to learn. Just look at how all over the place my blog entries are and how little I talk during meets!