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You have to go with what is presented to you.

This post has to to do with landscape photography/cityscapes, though could go into other genres of photography as well.

I have been noticing a pattern this year were the photo I wanted to do was not there. Unfortunately, that is how life works.  We have a predetermined idea in what we may think the scene will turn out when we arrive at the location of our choice.

Like many photographers out there, I will admit that I would love a badass sunrise/sunset every opportunity that I can get, but in reality, is that really what we should be striving for?

Sure you can visit an iconic location or a popular local spot that has been photographed before, but there is always going to be an element that will throw you off, and you need to be able to improvise in that particular moment.

Recently one of my photos received a ton of recognition that I wasn’t expected. Full disclosure the concept for that photo was not pre-planned, it just so happened that’s the way that experience turned out.

You do have control over your composition and the editing that you choose, but you have no control whatsoever in regards to the lighting situation.

Focus on the former and not the latter.

 

 

 

 

 

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When we emulate other artist’s, we are restricting ourselves.

Today’s post does not contain a photo, but from time to time,  I like to blog about certain career insecurities that may benefit other artists out there.

I would say the first couple of years of my photography career, I tried to emulate a handful of other artist’s that inspired me at the time.

What I would soon find out (through trial and error) was that I stumbled upon my own style to a fault through the means of experimenting with different sliders or filters. Granted a few youtube tutorials here and there, that helped along the way.

This practice allowed me to feel more comfortable from moving on from the artist’s that I was failing miserably trying to emulate.

For me personally, processing each image is determined on what the scene is trying to convey (feeling) in that particular moment of time, with the added intuition and input of the artist.

Different filters are going to complement certain subjects over others. Don’t be afraid to test the limits, and don’t second guess your decisions.

Where all going to come to a conclusion that makes sense for us.

-Will

 

 

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Your style is constantly changing, and that’s a good thing.

Today’s post is about the constantly evolving of one’s style and artistic preferences. I am going to share the same photo, but edited in different time periods of my career. Time-and-time again, a lot of artists play it way too safe, and I hope the one thing you get from the post, is to do your own thing.

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Sculpture Falls 2017.

I played it way too safe with the original edit that was done in November 2017. My recollection was that I  was seeing what I could get away with the auto-tune alone, in LR. Looking back, I have no idea why at the time I thought this was enough.

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Sculpture Falls 2018

The most recent version of this photo was done in October 2018, 11 months after the original. This is how I truly felt about that experience.

In conclusion, be open to the fact that your style is going to change, and because of this change, you are going to succumb to re-editing some of your images. Don’t feel guilty about how you edit your photographs, as long as the final result equates to your vision.

Please feel free to contribute your thoughts and opinions about your own style changes.

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