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Wanda-Lynn Searles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
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Seeking some advise

Hello Photographers,

I wanted to see if I could get some advise from all you photographers on BetterPhoto... I'm wanting to know what I need to work on in my photography and digital darkroom photography to really make my work stand out? I have entered contest and other things but seem to not get anywhere and think there is something I need to work on more and wanted to see what you all thought of my work so if you could check out my galleries and give me any advise I sure could use it.. Cause I want to learn as much as I can to inprove my photography and digital darkroom photography..

Really wanting to learn as much as I can so I welcome all advise.


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1/7/2010 10:30:11 AM

Clayton T. Williams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/16/2006
  Hey Wanda,
As far as I can see your photography is great. You have great work and have received Editor's Picks on a lot of them. The only critique I would say as far as the flowers and butterflies is to try to work on getting your pictures off center and maybe look at the flower from a prospective that not everyone sees. Other than that great work.


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1/7/2010 10:38:12 PM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Wanda-Lynn,
When I joined BP back in 2005, I would take 2 classes at the same time as I had the time to dedicate then. I would take a techniques class (like exposure, composition, weddings, lighting, etc) and usually a Photoshop class at the same time. This allowed me to learn & practice both aspects and made my learning curve much faster. Later I took more specialized classes (Raw processing, Corel Painter) but continued to take more Photoshop classes. I have taken a few PS classes with Jim Z & Lewis Kemper and loved every one.
This has worked well for me and there are still a couple more classes I am wanting to take such as Photography Business, Making Money & Infrared photography.
Good Luck.

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1/8/2010 6:42:28 AM

Wanda-Lynn Searles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
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  Hi Clayton and Carlton,Sorry for taken so long to get back. I want to thank you both so much for the information.
Clayton I have been trying to work on taking photos at an angle and not straight on. And thank you so much for the really nice comment about my photography.
Carlton thank you so much for your comment, and I would like to take classes,but at the time I don't have the funding to do so,but hopefully one day will.

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1/28/2011 8:24:12 PM

Lynn R. Powers   Hi Wanda,

You do have many lovely photos in your gallery. Aside from the flowers I got the impression that most of your photos were taken at your normal eye level. You may need to climb a tree, wade in a creek or lake and possibly lay on your belly to make your photos a little more interesting. Subjects low to the ground, like kids should be taken at their eye level. Also with buildings I suggest that you take photos of them a) much closer to get the details (b) use a tripod and a smaller fstop, especially when taken from a distance. Some of your buildings have some great character and need close up photos to show this better. Remember that sometimes less is more and KISS works very well. To me straight on shots look more like a facade that is used for the outside of buildings on a motion picture lot. Some buildings, like the US Capitol Building can be taken this way but I suggest you show it in a way that isn't normally seen.

I went to a boat show and discovered that they were having a Corvette show in the main parking lot. I ended up sitting my 67, then, year old body with bad legs on the ground or pavement to get some of the photos that I wanted. It took three minutes to stand up again each time. :-) If the hood was raised I had my head under it with a wide angle lens to show the beautiful chrome work and cleanliness of the compartment. One exhibitor even had a large Scooby-Doo with a sporty hat and sun glasses on and sitting in the drivers seat. Now you know I had to take a photo of that. Some of the interiors were custom made and I took photos of them also.

I see that you have learned some of the ingenious ways to use photoshop and you do them well. There is one more thing you should learn. On many of your wide angle photos of buildings there is a slant to the walls, usually inward, Learn how to correct this with perspective adjustments and it will add more punch to your photos. Even I can do that and I do not know how to do the puzzles or cubes. There are some silos that are tilted due to age and you do NOT want to straighten them but the ones that are not atilt should be straightened. Also become aware of your horizon lines. Some are tilted and I am not referring to the hills.

I wish you much luck.


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1/29/2011 9:28:45 AM

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