If I must say so myself, it is so great to be part of such a wonderful team here at Wild Eye!
- A team with loads of experience.
- A team with many common interests.
- A team with so much passion.
- A helpful team.
- A focused team.
- A winning team with a common goal.
I know many people do not like to accept criticism regardless as to what kind of criticism comes their way.
I know it can be a difficult pill to swallow at times but in the end, if you accept criticism, you will end up happier/better/more successful in life.
The reason why I decided to write this blog is because I received some constructive criticism from Andrew Beck a couple of days ago regarding on of my images.
The message I wish to get across to all of you is; firstly to accept criticism and secondly to criticize yourself when it comes to your photography.
I wrote a blog about “My First Safari in Kenya” a couple of days ago to try and explain to all of you who have not yet visited Kenya what I felt as it was my first visit and what you could expect if you plan to travel to Kenya one day. Its incredible by the way!
In that particular post I included quiet a few images from all the destinations we visited and this was one of them from the Amboseli.
Andrew approached me in the office and said very cool blog and that he likes this image.
He did drop that one word though; BUT…
I was all ears.
He asked me to go to that image in Lightroom and click on the cropping tool and so I did.
He told me that the lower bum and tail region of the image is very distracting as your eyes fall to that area as you look at the image. I had a look and this was true.
I instantly knew that this is not a good thing because my audiences eyes were going to fall away from the story I was trying to send across; two young elephant fighting head to head.
Andrew told me to crop out the tail region (constructive criticism) and so I did.
What a difference that made. BOOM!! Now my ones locked onto the elephants face and stayed there.
Notice how your eyes do not jump around anymore?
Accepting his criticism enhanced the mood of my image and will make me more aware of things like that from here on out. Big thanks Andrew!
This takes me to my next point.
I criticize my own work everyday. Sometimes just not enough or rush images at times. I see it as a must.
I’m not saying spend a hour on each of your 200 images you took on safari to see what you can improve and get rid of.
Spend a few minutes really focusing on the image to see what you can improve on when out in the field or how you can improve the look of that particular image.
The more you do this the more your photography improve.
Also don’t forget to accept the criticism that others give you, make the change and see if things improve.
Until next time.
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