I faced a similar problem when I took up the black and white film photography in NTU ADM.
Essentially, what they want is concept and as what the others have said, the photos have to evoke some sort of emotion or really say something. Otherwise, the images are just but snaps to them.
I feel that the first photo works though. You may want to try building around the first shot's ideas.
Hope you won't take the criticisms too hard. Outside of class, it's basically how much you enjoy your photos that really matter. Personally, I enjoy taking and also appreciating shots like #2.
Just that they won't work unless your concept is stronger.
I think you will get a clearer idea of what you have got into if you take the time to think it through again. It's still a PHOTOGRAPHY class, if the instructor is a photographer himself/herself isn't it?
you have to remember that as long as people give you comments with an open heart, you should thank them.
you have to also remember that you can't please everyone.
what was taught in class?
just the bare basics like what aperture means, what iso means, what shutter speed means?
or more? like composition, weight, leading lines, etc?
don't get discouraged. keep learning non stop.
when it comes to art, everyone is right. If someone say it is beautiful, he is right, and the next moment he says it is crab, he is also correct.
Often I don't like some of the photos i saw in book by famous photographersSome are just boring. Of course when they are good, almost no one can match them.
Michael Freeman ( if my memory didn't fail me) said , in fact, non pro took better photos than pro.
u can see some great works here in clubsnap by some members who are really good.
as for me, i still a lot more to learn...
non stop learning!!
i mean, for me, they're all technically sound, but when it comes to area of composition, i don't know if you noticed, but they have the effect of being way too tight for comfort.
just remember, no one starts by producing masterpieces right away. no one. not you, not me, not boy wonder. there is always room for improvement. if i wanted to comment about anyone's photos, even ansel adams, you bet there would be something to say. the day you are content with your pictures (which you seem to be here, which leads to the unhappiness with anyone else's comments to the contrary), the day you stop improving.
I understand that it gets a bit demoralizing when your works are not appreciated. This is what i always tell myself:
Compliments and praises are good to have yet they slow down the learning process.
Critiques are preferred not to have spoken however they are catalyst to any process.
The reason why we took classes and workshop because we want to learn and improve faster. If there aren't critiques and comments, I don't think I will go for the class anymore....
hey.. the 4 pictures are nice, but not WOW..
move on and continue to shoot more.
Sorry, I am not an expert, and cannot give you clear direction what to improve.
Hope one day, when you look back these 4 pictures, and you will say to yourself: "wah lau, why i shot until like that? no wonder teacher did not like them.." ..
I don't think one can improve constantly in art... because it cannot be measured fully.
what i mean is, one can improve from taking snapshots till one's pics is being praised by so many people. when one reaches that point, i don't think he/she can improve anymore.. in fact, some art pieces look funny ... and hard to appreciate...
it is not like a 100m race, where as long as u run faster by 0.01 second , u have improved.
"everyday is another opportunity to suck less"
i can't find where it's from, but i'm quite sure he's the one who said it.
have you heard of giacometti? he was no photographer. i had never heard of him until i went to copenhagen and took a short trip to the louisiana museum of art nearby, and sat down in a lecture theatre and watched a documentary on him. i still don't get his artwork, but everytime i see it i am amazed by the fact that this man took not just hours, but days, even months, just doing what he did, to achieve his own vision of perfection.
somehow that struck a chord, and a lot of what he said made a whole load of sense:
All I can do will only ever be a faint image of what I see and my success will always be less than my failure or perhaps equal to the failure.Artistically I am still a child with a whole life ahead of me to discover and create. I want something, but I won't know what it is until I succeed in doing it.I don't know if I work in order to do something, or in order to know why I can't do what I want to do.I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality... to protect myself.If only someone else could paint what I see, it would be marvellous, because then I wouldn't have to paint at all.i think you are thinking that perhaps we are looking for a closure. there is none to be found. acknowledging this , is only the first step.That's the terrible thing: the more one works on a picture, the more impossible it becomes to finish it.
Last edited by night86mare; 25th March 2010 at 03:25 PM.
only #1 has some potential
the rest are technically sound good photos
(the problem is that these good photos can also be taken by many others and thus not special in any way)