In the Last Year

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  1. abraxas

    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Have you improved your photography in the last year?

    How have you improved?

    How did you bring about this change?
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't think I have. I feel downright stuck just now. 2008 has been quite limited for me in its photo opportunities. If it weren't for the droplet series I took in February (which went into an exhibition, too), I would call 2008 most unsuccessful, photographywise. Also I feel that everyone else's photos from the Big North Germany TPF Meet-Up were a lot better than mine, so go figure. All of which may well account for the impression I'm getting about myself that I haven't improved at all. :(
     
  3. Alpha

    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

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    Yeah I've improved my photography.

    I improved most respects simultaneously.

    I thought for a long time about how I wanted to shoot my photos in order to make them look the way that I wanted. Then I took a few, making sure to do the things I had thought about.
     
  4. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yup, I still suck tho....:(

    I got to thinkin

    Wasted a lot of film.
     
  5. Christian

    Christian TPF Noob!

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    Yeah, I think I've improved. I mean, although I didn't start taking photography a bit more seriously until about 2 years ago, I've improved a lot. I have a lot more of a keen eye for things that are or could be very appealing and photogenic, and I try a lot of experimentation to see what I get.
     
  6. tsaraleksi

    tsaraleksi TPF Noob!

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    Yep, I've gotten better. My workflow has gotten vastly better, making more efficient and producing more better final images. I've gotten better at composing rapidly, meaning less cropping, and better images generally. I feel like I'm finally reaching a nice balance of wide and telephoto, whereas I used to tend towards one or the other for long stretches.
     
  7. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    A little I think, but not to any spectacular degree - certainly not to the "taking it to another level" kind of improvement.

    My ability to use PS primarily - 12 months ago I was just finishing a short course which taught me the basics, now I use them to perhaps a more competent degree.

    Hopefully I'm a little more confident about taking shots and not worrying about people round me.

    Shooting more in the main and I would also say going on the TPF Germany Meet-Up - it's kind of infectious when you're surrounded by people who'll point a camera at the daftest things.
     
  8. mrodgers

    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Pretty sure I improved. I didn't know a thing about ISO, aperture, exposure, composition, manual modes of a camera, white balance, metering, composition, blah, blah.

    I had a 2 mp Fuji 2650 from 2001 and I shot it a lot over the years. Though I didn't actively think about composition, I like stuff that I did with that fully auto point and shoot. I took photos of stuff and scenes that I thought looked good without any thought of how the camera will expose it or the rule of thirds or anything.

    I bought my first manual camera last year for Christmas. I started learning all that stuff I listed starting last year at this time. If I haven't improved, then I should just go toss my camera off a cliff and not even think of the future when I will be trading up for my first dSLR.
     
  9. benhasajeep

    benhasajeep TPF Noob!

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    Technical phtographing wise, probably not. Post processing, yes. Spent more time actually reading the manual for Photoshop and learned a few things.
     
  10. eyeye

    eyeye TPF Noob!

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    Well I have only been shooting for about a year. But I think my biggest change is I have learned enough to know how much I suck. I am looking forward to 2009 to really step up my game.
     
  11. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well my 400D has only just had its first birthday - so I am going to say that I have improved a heck of a lot over the last year - though in no small part to a big investment in extra kit - I still don't know if my basic skills have improved far enough yet or if the kit is giving me a bit of extra support ( I know the IS certainly is).

    At this point in time I am not where I want to be, nor am I 100% certain how to get from where I am now and where I wish to be (nor am I 100% certain where I want to head towards*). I am hopefull though and I think with another years practise I might start to remember half of what I know in theory in the field and start getting more consistant results. Still a lot to explore so a lot to keep me going

    *similar things can also be said of my life at the moment
     
  12. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've changed. Hard to say if it's for the better. My style has started to include other interesting elements. Improvement I'll leave to the critics. I personally like the change.

    The change is brought about by natural progression and trying new things.
     

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