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The Photography Community

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The first chapter of Show Your Work describes how I learn to become a better photographer. I'm the president of the photography club here at Clemson and I try to create an environment where we can all learn from each other, even though we're not equal in skill level. We all have something to contribute, and there's no right or wrong way to approach a shot. Some of us like to freeze motion and others like blur because it shows speed of motion. Sometimes we take pictures of the exact same things, but edit them differently. Even if we choose not to take someone else's advice, it helps us figure out what is and isn't our style.

I Am and Will Always Be an Amateur Poet

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First off, I loved that Austin Kleon not only says that being an amateur is a good thing but he also embraces it. We often think of the word "amateur" in a negative way but Kleon says that they have an advantage over the professional. We are all amateurs. I realized that I was an amateur and that I loved being one when I read Kleon's definition of amateur: "the enthusiast who pursue's her work in the spirit of love." That is a beautiful way of describing the amateur.

Amateur Traveling

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I’m an amateur traveler. I can figure my way from point A to be B better than most, walk through several airport concourses with the familiarity and comfort of a second home, and know what brand of champagne is cheapest in several different countries. On the other hand, my sense of direction is sometimes seriously lacking, my complete lack of coordination results in many accidents, and I have seen maybe 1% of this Earth. I am an amateur because I still have an infinite number of things to learn. I am an amateur because traveling is my passion.

Drawing Amateur Style

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Drawing is something I’ve always done, whether on a relaxing Saturday morning or just doodles in my notebook during class. I’ve never had an art class in my life, unless you count elementary school art classes. I just grabbed a pencil and began drawing things I love. I have to tell you my first pictures were horrible, but that never stopped me. Drawing for me was really just practice makes perfect. Now I’m working on drawing people, and I’m focusing on the difficult features like eyes. Here are some of my sketches that I’ve been working on lately:

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