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Can you improve.?

I've been a member on here since 2010 after buying a digital Olympus camera 2nd hand (600 if I remember correctly). Can't say that I've regretted that choice. Changed all my gear over to Mft when the EM1Mk1 was purchased and thanks to the various members on this site I think my photography has improved it's when you look back on old pictures which i've done recently that you realise the progress you have made....OK not competition standard just yet but you never say never, and the aim is to keep improving and that is solely down to the advice and guidance gained from this forum, it isn't necessarily just asking, it's down to viewing others work on here that inspires you as well, so for anyone new to Olympus this must be one of the best sites around for friendly and informative 'things Olympus'. Long may it reign.

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Re: Can you improve.?

I think one of the factors is that simply by being involved and talking about it, and seeing other people's work, we think more about our own and put more thought into it as a result. This means that we improve by a sort of osmosis, rather than by learning explicit lessons (useful though they can be at times).

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Re: Can you improve.?

You can always improve, but if You think it depends more on the gear, then You have the wrong mindset.
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Re: Can you improve.?

Did I say it was down to the gear....quite the opposite, that's what this site is good at advice on how to improve technique .....I don't own the latest gear (EM1 Mk2) don't see me changing my EM1 Mk1 anytime soon, the lenses I have I am happy with.....so you can have all the gear but still no idea...

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Re: Can you improve.?

No, it isn't the gear. Once you have a basic capable body and lens then all you get with new gear is a renewed urge to take pictures.

It is other people's pictures for me. When I read amateur photographer generally I just skim it and look at the images. T'was ever thus, and eventually you start to see the same pictures again and again. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go out and try to make your own versions of them. I've spent my life copying other folks ideas..
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I've spent my life copying other folks ideas..

You're one of the most creative and innovative photographers I know.
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Re: Can you improve.?

The best piece of advice I've read is to find your own point of departure. (Refer to Ralph Gibson / Dorothea Lange.)
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You're one of the most creative and innovative photographers I know.

Oh, I say (blushes).. from you sir, that is a real compliment

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Re: Can you improve.?

I personally think I need to improve quite a bit.
Some of that is about getting out to get the shots I want and some is about taking more time to check things before I fire the shutter.

Now to be contraversial.

This forum could help people progress a lot more if there were a bit more honest critique. I believe that Foto fair is a bit too gentle as the best way to move forward is to have issues pointed out alongside how to improve/fix them.

Thats just my opinion.
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Re: Can you improve.?

Zuiko will remember that we did have a period of rather judgemental comments. While they were often to the point, they didn't go down well now and then.
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Zuiko will remember that we did have a period of rather judgemental comments. While they were often to the point, they didn't go down well now and then.
Ah yes, the anonymous self-styled "Judge." It wasn't so much what he said as the rather patronising way that he said it!

I wish more members would post in "Looking for Improvement," but if the majority choose to post in "Foto Fair" then so be it.
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Re: Can you improve.?

One Judge comment went along the lines "when you are reduced to taking pictures of swans, you have run out of inspiration".

Harsh but (the more I thought about it) true. Since then I haven't taken a swan picture

No, we all make the occasional photo cliche: The hard mono street scene, the lone tree, those shallow dof shots. Yes. Guilty m'lud. However that won't stop me from re-offending.
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Re: Can you improve.?

Perhaps the adage should be "the best image is the one in front of you" rather than "the best camera is the one you have". We all suffer from time to time with a lack of drive or means to go out and search for that perfect image. In that case the best image is the one you can get to even if it is one you have been to before, even if it is the cat (or swan). Take the best picture you can of what you see and you should improve. (Now I must go and eat humble pie and put it into practice). Oh, and enjoy it.
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Re: Can you improve.?

Who gives a toss.................

If the picture pleases you, then that's what its all about, is it not................

And mostly, we are pleased to see it, even if its not perfect...

If we all waited for the perfect picture, this forum would be very dry..........

(Only two perfect people in this world, JC and the ex-wife.......)
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Re: Can you improve.?

It would help if we had good light; in short supply, sadly.

It would further help if SD cards had a time lock thus preventing the urge to quickly publish for 'likes' - the reward system.

It was Garry Winograd who mentioned the confusion brought about by emotional attachment to one's images. If you allow several months between capture and reviewing, an objective state of mind ensues and many of the images you thought were good aren't after all.
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