Exercise 20: Improvement.


I had a bit of a play with this exercise as you can see. Lots of potential with this kind of technique. In this case it’s not believable but it’s definitely different.


With these two photos I have darkened the figures so that they stand out a little better and the same with the Island.  I selected on the areas and used a curves adjustment to darken them.  I would call these adjustments improvements.  They are not out-and-out manipulation.  I see no ethical issues with this type of work.  In terms of how far I would go with adjustments like this, for this photo I wanted a believable adjustment so the change is subtle.  Perhaps if I wanted to make something unbelievable;e I would go further.  I draw the line with deception.  The next two photographs are a step to far for me.  I only noticed the pole in the first, original photograph after I looked at the file on my computer.  I could remove the part that intersects with the shelter but that, as far as I am concerned is a little too far.  Now I am fundamentally changing the photograph but passing it off as the real thing.

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HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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