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    It was estimated that in 2014, that over 1.8 billion photos were uploaded every day. That’s not a year but a day. With so many sites hosting them and most everyone having a smart phone that has at least one camera taking them, it’s not hard to believe.

    Now although many may believe they are, not everyone is a professional photographer. How many of you make your living taking and selling your pictures. Not many. Most are amateur’s that take selfies or of their friends and family. The most photographed object in the 21st century is the mirror. Others take beautiful shots of landscapes, the ocean or the sunrise or sunset.

    The one thing that everyone has in common that takes a picture is, someone has to critique their work. You can’t tell me that the most used phrase is “what do you think” while showing their pictures to a friend or family member.

    I know that with me, I have to show them to clients with the hope that my work is what they wanted. In my case they don’t pull any punches. Too often I hear “well it’s not exactly what we had in mind”, or “can you use different lighting”. The other difference is a professional photographer will spend thousands of dollars on equipment. DSLR’s (digital single lens reflex) camera’s that can cost up to 5 grand for just the body and then the many lenses that are needed. This doesn’t include the lighting and other accessories. And to think, the only thing it can do is take a picture. Not phone or text someone, not go on the internet and Google something or someone, just take a picture.

    Now how many of you smart phone users hear the words “It stinks” or “that looks awful”. I’m betting not many. Why? Because no one we know wants to hurt our feelings. No friend or family member wants to be the one that tells you the truth.

    Now most of you will not care what other people say. They look fine to you and you’re putting them up on the internet. The truth is that you are your own worst critic. You will either think they are fine, or immediately push the delete button. But this article is for people that want to take their pictures to the next level. We can go deeper into the technical aspect’s in future articles. But ask me what I think of your photography. I won’t try to make you feel good and tell you they are fine or look good, I’ll pick them apart from composition to lighting. I’ll tell you what I feel you did wrong and give you my input on how to correct it in the future. I’ll encourage you to keep shooting until you get what looks good to other people and maybe even to yourself.

    The first thing I ask people that want to shoot better pictures is, “have you ever heard yourself on a recording?"  If you have, "do you sound anything like you do to yourself?” The answer is always no. So you don’t see your pictures like others do. Keep that in mind when you look at your own shots.

    The bottom line is that if you really want to know how good your pictures are, first ask a stranger. Someone you don’t know from Adam. They would be the first to tell you what they think. The second is finding a professional photographer and ask them to critique your work. They’ve been through it like I did. I still ask people I don’t know to tell me what they think. After a while your shots will get better and your likes will increase on social media. And by all means, have fun.  1/5/19

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