Day 65 of my pet project is looming ever closer, and I have been looking over my photos.
A couple of weeks ago, I was out to dinner with some friends when one of them commented that he really loved one of the photos that I hadn't selected as my photo of the day. It wasn't the first comment about that particular photo, and I was quite surprised about it, because I hadn't been too impressed with the way that it had come out. But he took this moment to assure me that my photography has slowly been progressing and he can see the difference. I really can't say the same.
I should probably note here that I am hardly ever the one to choose which photos I put up. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate making decisions - I will often sit down at a restaurant and ask the person I'm with what I want to eat. Every night I dump my photos on my computer, go through them on Picasa and select the best to put up on facebook. Usually there are 3-4 photographs, often there are more. This is the most choosing that I am prepared to do. I then go to Grant and get him to tell me which ones he likes. If you disagree with the photo that I have chosen, I apologise. Take it up with him! :P
I have taken to a little bit of editing with some of my photos - deepening shadows, playing with highlights and colour, nothing too serious but little touch ups here and there. I try to keep it minimal, but I definitely think that my playing around has improved compared to the beginning when all I was prepared to do was hit "Auto Contrast" and "I'm Feeling Lucky" on Picasa. I am feeling a little more confident now and I am having fun playing around with the photos, but I am not sure that the quality is quite as good as I would like.
I am looking for opinions here - what do you guys think about the photography itself? I am also looking for suggestions of things that people would like to see me photograph. I am always looking for something new, and since I tend to tread a very well-worn path, advise and suggestions are always welcome.
In addition there is one other thing that I would like opinions on. I have an idea for next year that I am interested in looking into. I do not know what I will be doing next year. My most likely prospect is a job at Grocott's Mail in Grahamstown as anything ranging from a sub-editor to a desk-job in sales. What I would like to do is take up a second job on the weekends as a photographer-to-hire. I would sell myself as an amateur photographer, at a cheaper price than most, and cover events such as parties, weddings, etc. letting clients know that my main aim is to gain experience in the field. Does anyone think this is feasible and does anyone have any suggestions for me?