This week, Cee’s CYC is about Review for the past 19 weeks (Has it really been that long?) and review and practice. Here are the topics we have covered.
- CCY: #19 Geometry in Photography
- CCY: #18 Contrasting Colors
- CCY: #17 Complementary/Harmonious Colors
- CCY: #16 Color Basics
- CCY: #15 Cropping Tips
- CCY: #14 Symmetry
- CCY: #13 Perspective
- CCY: #12 Critique My Work
- CCY: #11 Centerpoint – Breaking the Rule of Thirds
- CCY: #10 Using 2/3 of your photo frame
- CCY: #9 Rule of Thirds Introduction
- CCY: #8 Diagonal Lines
- CCY: #7 Vertical Lines
- CCY: #6 Horizontal Lines and Horizon
- CCY: #5 Leading Lines
- CCY: #4 Simplicity
- CCY: #3 Always Take More than One Photo
- CCY: #2 What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common
- CCY: #1 How your Camera is Not like Your Eye
I must admit that my photography has taken on a new life since I started this challenge, way back when. Not only because of this very helpful and insightful challenge, but because I everything else I have been doing as well. In fact if I look back on some very early photos from 2014 (When I first got a DSLR) to now, it’s hard to believe they were taken by the same person.
I find I am more mindful of my compositions as well as my subject matter. I often know what I am trying to convey in a photo, as opposed to taking 100s of photos hoping I GOT something.
The other thing I am finding, is projects that interest me. When I first picked up my camera I wanted to learn to take nice photos for a holiday we were going on, and I did get nice photos………not brilliant, but nice. And then I spent a year or so learning different techniques, different styles, immersing myself into different areas of photography and digital art. So now I have some personal projects I am working on, just for me, and no-one else, it’s fun and creative and exciting.
I know Cee wants us to display various images old and new never before seen, I know I wont be getting a gold star for this week, as I am venturing away from the topic, slightly. This is my latest piece of art; I am quite proud of it, it uses rule of thirds, leading, diagonal lines, symmetry and perspective, colours and 1/3 and everything else a good composition should have.
And this is a photo I took in December 2014, sure it’s a lovely photo, but there is no real depth, no story, no texture and detail, just a hum drum holiday pic. No real rule of thirds, no leading lines, there is contrasting colours, but they are a little washed out.Highlights in top corner too much, not enough blacks..the list goes on.
Even my signature has changed! So what have I learned? The rules of Photography and when and how to break them, post processing is a journey and can take a so-so photo and improve it, but it can take a really good photo into a whole new realm of digital art. I have learned depth, colour, composition and sharp focus are all essential; and how to obtain them. I have also discovered my journey is just starting and I still have a long way to go.
Remember….it’s the journey travelled and not the destination that matters.