100% perfect?

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  1. nem

    nem TPF Noob!

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    Can you expect photos to be 100% perfect?

    I have done this for a month now, I take at least 200 photos a week....

    Still all is not 100%.... I want to learn new techniques etc....


    All the mistakes i make seem so silly and smalll....
     
  2. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Gee, you've done this a whole month and you're wondering why you're not perfect yet?? :wink:

    Keep doing what you're doing...take lots of photos....post them here for critique or feedback to help guide you along. Read a lot, study a lot.

    That may help you get technical perfection. But that's only half of photography. It takes time to develop your own style, your vision, your own sense of the decisive moment. You won't get that in a month, despite your high image-taking count.

    Relax and enjoy the quest to perfection. Hopefully part of you will feel you never quite reach it! :D
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I read somewhere that one of the differences between pros and amateurs...is that pros only show people their best shots, while amateurs show people every shot...crappy or not.

    The point is that nobody will take 100% keepers...in fact most of us are lucky to have one or two real good shots per roll. That's just how it is...

    I guess you could strive to achieve that goal but why? I would rather strive for one absolutely perfect shot than a whole roll of good enough shots.
     
  4. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I don't know that perfection is possible; someone will always be able to nitpick it. I take 1000's of photos every year, and if I get 10 or 12 really, really good ones I figure it's been a great year. There will always be room for more learning, more improvement, etc... Mastery takes a lifetime.
     
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    Photography, like any art, is very subjective. I don't think there is a "perfect" photograph.
     
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    ditto
     
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    ...'cause it's in the eye of the beholder :)
     
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    Je-C TPF Noob!

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    Whose eyes do you want the photo to be perfect in? Besides, imperfections make style, IMO.
     
  9. Canon Fan

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    Trust me I've taken over 5300 shots in the last 4months and most are nowhere near the vicinty of perfect. Add that to the other 16 years I did off and on in film and you get some idea of how long you can chase the illusion of "100%".
     
  10. eric-s.

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    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

    One of my art teachers once told me that beauty in NOT in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is in the object/subject and it's up to the artist to recognize the subject/object's beauty and relay it to everyone else.

    I've alway liked that saying......
     
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    Yep!
     
  12. deb

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    They're right. It's personal taste.

    Bear in mind that most of us here are strangers. When you post a photograph, we judge that photograph without knowing everything about the photographer, where he's coming from or where he's going.

    I always have an instant reaction to the photographs I look at. Upon study, I try to find what triggered that reaction. Whether I like it or not, is just my opinion.

    Sometimes you can take a perfect photograph as far as composition and exposure, but the effect will not be just what you had in mind.

    Sometimes your photo will elicit the desired reaction from 98% of the people, but there will be 2% who have a different reaction or interpretation of the work.

    Define perfection.
     

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