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Specialise or shoot anything
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:21:05 PM »
So as an amateur at the moment I tend to shoot anything really. If im out and about I take a camera with me if im at home I might have a go at some still life. But if you really want to see you photography move forward do you really need to specialise in one or two areas, still life, street documentary etc ?

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Re: Specialise or shoot anything
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 04:58:26 PM »
 I'm sure it depends on what direction you want your photography to go. Do you want to be a pro making money from it to earn a living, then i'd say yes, it is more worthwhile to specialise in one area however being freelance will require you to have some ability and knowledge in many areas.
 If you are simply looking to develop and improve then i'd say continue to shoot as much as possible, read up on various techniques then practice them, watch tutorials etc online, post images for critique and feedback or enrol on a course/ take workshops if you can afford to do so.

 I'm sure there will be someone along with more insightful knowledge than i can give.

Kind of in the same boat myself so will watch this post closely.

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2014, 05:25:46 PM »
Thanks for your response Chris. I don't intend to go pro, I enjoy photography as a hobby and would like to keep it that way. I have done a couple of courses and have found them worth while. The last course I did was aimed at the RPS - LRPS award and I hope to submit a panel in Oct. I have done a couple of exhibitions and sold a few pieces of work. I am lucky that we have a local open air exhibition site which runs through the summers , pitches are quite cheap at £12 a day. Id like to try and sell some more work if only really to try and fund some new equipment ! .

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2014, 06:15:41 PM »
Have you tried local craft/gift shops, cafe's etc for selling your work. How about trying to get some stock photography on image libraries. Some of those will kind of critique your work and tell you why it's not been accepted while others won't. Those that do will provide very useful feedback in order to improve your shots. Just a thought.

Good luck with the submission to LRPS.
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Re: Specialise or shoot anything
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2014, 11:53:20 PM »
I have very little artistic talent so content myself with the gamut from go to whoa on any subject.
I used to work in Process improvement so can see improvements but usually not the blank canvass.

My challenge is to Light/take/Photoshop/Print the best I can of any subject.
Camera club has set topics some months which forces one into a genre.  The granddaughters growing up gives me a lounge room studio challenge.
Good luck with your skills development and post some of your effort for us to see....john
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