Which seems to happen more to you- someone who asks you for your thoughts behind an image? Or someone who asks how you “Did it”?
I’m more apt to talk about why I took a particular photograph than I am to explain the details and processes I went through to get it to look the way it does.
One of my very first posts I ever made included this image. I didn’t do a lot of enhancement to it, but I did do something called an “Orton Effect”
It’s really nothing new- I didn’t invent it, but I did figuire out how to do it digitally with layers and blending modes- now it’s pretty common knowledge and there are programs that have push /click/slide button that will do it for you – so you can pretty much “create” this on anything without a thought of how you are doing it or why.
There in lies the danger as an artist you must guard against.
It’s not about the people who ask you freely for the secrets to the magic behind what you do; but in the act of using the magic itself. Todays technology has made it really simple for visual artists to click a button and get an effect right out of the box- luring many away from creating something unique and meaningful. The urge to use some random effect because someone else did so with success can be tempting; but it won’t lead you to finding your own voice any more than singing along with the radio on does.
You have to step out from behind what has already been done before you can be recognized for work that is truely your own.
Making photographs is about taking risks. It’s about putting yourself out there. It’s about not being afraid of what the person next to you is doing- It’s about building confidence by building your skills as a photographer. The thing most people don’t get is this; by taking the time to build your skills- you create a tool that other photographers can’t buy- you become the implement of your own vision.
FYI-Before you think I’m ” throwing stones”- I just want you to kow that I use plugins and other digital tools too; so I’m not judging you if you do – I’m just saying, use what makes the strongest statement for your work- not because someone else tried the latest “miricle in a box” to make it happen…make what you have to share stand out by having something original to say; make it personal.Make it reflect the purpose you had in mind for it. Make it your voice.