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Some Questions & Features

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 2, 2007, 12:30 AM


I've had a lot of time on my hands lately, and at times resort to thinking.  So, why are all of you here on DA?  What motivates you to go out and take pictures or write or whatever else?  What are you trying to accomplish?

Anyway, I just started to think about questions like that and thought I'd ask all of you.

For me, I'm here on DA because it inspires me to be better.  Plus, if I didn't have other photographers work to view, I might start to think that my work was amazing.  Gotta have some way of keeping me humble.  :D

Now why do I take pictures instead of paint or play an instrument or something else?  Hmm...maybe it's because I think I have a natural talent for it.  I know that there is a lot that I still need to learn, but I have much more aptitude for photography than any other art form.  Plus it's a great way to individualize the world and express it in a way people might not see otherwise.

Let me know what you think about this.  And if you haven't ever thought about it, maybe you should.  (And then tell me)

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DaughterofFenris Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm on DA because I like to look at other's arts. And because I like to have mine looked at. (A bit selfish, but I look for ways to improve myself and take pictures that others will enjoy.)
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futureplug Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
I think that true for everyone that's here at DA (despite what they may say :)) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Ratafluke Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
I like to capture beautiful or interesting sights. (Don't know if I'm successful.) Even before I had my first camera I would sometimes stop and think: This should be photographed! So getting my first camera was one of the best things that happened to me in years.
I joined dA to share my photos, to get feedback. 99% of what I know about photography I learned on dA, and I hope I've gotten a bit better in capturing the beautiful and interesting aspects about a sight - at least my own standards for a good photo have risen. I didn't just learn from getting comments, viewing pictures and giving comments is an often overlooked way of improving your photographic eyes.
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futureplug Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
I think you do a good job of getting great shots. And I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who would walk around thinking photographically even before having a camera. I still do it all the time now, even when I don't have a camera with me. And I always find what would be a great shot and kick myself for not having my camera :) I totally agree with you on DA being a great place to learn and grow; both by getting feedback and by looking at and critiquing other work.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Ratafluke Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Thanks, I guess I'm better than I give myself credit for :]

Most of the time I don't take my camera now that I have the dog... should get into the habit again! But the weather's been pretty autumn-grey anyway.
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futureplug Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
I think most people have the tendency to be more critical of their own work. I certainly am. It's very rare if I take a shot where I am like, "wow, that's amazing!" It's usually more like, "Hmm...it's not too bad." Then I post it here, and everyone else tells me what an amazing shot it is :D
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Ratafluke Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
For me the thought goes more like: Why am I not as good as the people I adore... Should stop comparing myself ;]
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futureplug Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Yeah, comparison never really gets me anywhere either. There's always going to be a ton of people better than me. But it's good in a way because I look at their work and learn from it. Or try to at least...
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SchmauserPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional Photographer
I put pictures on DA because I love feedback. I know when a picture I submit isn't "up-to-par" with my other pictures because I won't get too many comments about it, or I'll get a few and they will all say "I like this" and "Great :clap:", so I have narrowed my scope a bit in terms of what I shoot, I've become more selective, to try and please the DA audience. Some people think that that's a horrible thing to do, try and "please the crowd" I guess you could say, but I think that if you want to be a good photographer and get hired, etc etc, you have to be able to please an audience, you have to be able to sell yourself and your work and what you can accomplish, and users on DA can be both very flattering and very critical, and I love that. I don't know of any other place like DA, so if I can take pictures that the general DA community likes, then I'm thinking I have a pretty good chance of being able to "sell" my photographs and my skills when I eventually try and get hired somewhere.

If I never narrowed my scope and learned more about camera techniques and quality and style and editing, I would still be taking pictures of interesting rocks without any thought to the "art" aspect of it and everyone has done that before. I've learned a boatload about photoshop, infrared, and HDR from DA, and that's knowledge I'm sure I would not have learned without this great site.

Oh, and thank you very much for featuring me! :D
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futureplug Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Feedback is one of the great things about DA. Plus this feedback is almost instantaneous. It's a great tool for improvement. And I agree with you about pleasing the crowd. But pleasing the crowd doesn't mean taking the same shots that everyone else is, like some people believe. Often the most successful way of pleasing the crowd is by applying popular principles and techniques in a new and unique ways.

And yes, DA is such a great place for learning a lot of information. I've learned so much from being here, and it's this reason that I love this place so much.
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