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.

This is a video that my photographer friend Ben Morgan and his friends made for a project. It explains the buttons on the camera in case you're confused by the manual. It's free and requires no human interaction.

Sometimes I ask for feedback online, like in this online community that comes with a photography book I have. Sometimes I ask for advice, other times I try to think about other people's pictures.

These two pictures were taken a year apart. I asked for feedback online for the first before taking with the equipment that people recommended to me. They convey different aspects of the same event.
Wake Forest 2013



tpom13's picture

Great Photos!

You seem to already be using the tools Kleon recommends for working with others. I like how you discuss that everyone has their own style yet they contribute to each other. This is something I struggle with, because it is hard to look at something that is not your normal style, like if my friends send me short stories to edit. It makes the process better if I send suggestions, but know that it is ultimately up to the author to decide what to add or remove to their work. I know from the past that my friends have helped a great deal with my short stories, and it's great that you have a group of photographers who have the same work ethic.
Your photos look amazing!


clscott's picture

Thank you Theresa! I do love

Thank you Theresa! I do love learning from different people. I get really fed up if there's motion blur in one of my photos, but other people love it because it shows that there's movement. I still won't like it, but I'll know that motion blur =/= bad.

ald_3's picture

Hi Christine-- Thanks for

Hi Christine-- Thanks for sharing your awesome photos. Photography is an art I've never developed much skill in, so I have a lot of respect for people who excel at it. I really like that you pointed out the value of seeing other people's ways of doing things and their particular styles. It definitely relates to Kleon's idea of the "lone genius" and how we can really learn from those who do similar work and become much more skilled at our own craft by appreciating alternative ways of doing things.

clscott's picture

Thank you Amber! I really

Thank you Amber! I really didn't have much formal training, but I've learned a lot from so many different kinds of people who love different things. One of my friends likes long exposures, which isn't good for sports, but he got a picture of a twirler with a fire baton that looks really cool. I would never take that picture, but some people love it.