I have always been fascinated by abstract art but when I was young, I very mistakenly thought it was something people did when they couldn’t make something realistic. I assumed they gave up and went with something abstract. I was dead wrong.
Validation is highly overrated. These “likes” arent going to pay your mortgage. They are ego strokes – AT BEST. And most of them from people you don’t even know.
I was one of the lucky fellows who received one of the pre-production models of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 X camera bodies. That was just about six months ago. I primarily ran tests with it the first six weeks I had it, partly because I had to keep it a secret that I had one. Once the camera was out in the wild, I began shooting with it almost exclusively, only using my Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK II as backup. Then, last month I traded in the MK II for a second Model X and that is all I use.
Photoshop can automatically create a contact sheet featuring some of your favorite images. Using the command FILE > AUTOMATE > CONTACT SHEET II, you will get a dialog box asking you how you want your contact sheet constructed.
If you photograph anything outdoors, whether it’s people, landscapes, scenics, wildlife, birds, nature, etc. and you want to improve your photographs. This is my number one tip. Get out there early.
Why photograph captive birds?
Great way to practice
Can save on travel to exotic lands to find the same creatures
Gives you access you wouldn’t typically get in the wild
Helps capture close up detail
Helps build sample/portfolio
Okay – sorry, but I have to vent. I haven’t written much in this style lately, and I promise to move on to more positive things in my next post, but I am sick and tired of photographers using click bait by writing stories about what does and does not constitute “real photography.”