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( May. 7th, 2009 12:19 am)

This is a small version of a photo I took of my uncle Rick, just before he passed away from cancer.
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( May. 7th, 2009 12:41 am)
I'm going to use my DreamWidth account to post some of my photography. I would be very happy to hear all your opinions (both positive & negative) about my work. Thank you all for at least looking at it.
Taking photos of people is the hardest kind of photography that I know of. Any other kind of photography just takes technical knowledge & practice, but for people, you have to know the psychology required to get them in a suitable frame of mind to be photographed at their best, & that varies from person to person, & situation to situation. My whole purpose in photographing people is to try to capture some important facets of their personality that make them who they are, & it's taken me about six years to be reasonably good at it. Sometimes, it takes me a while to get the right shot, but most of the time I succeed. And sometimes, I get a miracle, & I call it art. ;^)
I understand what you mean about privacy, but it's something that you can, & should get over. Take a bunch of photos of yourself in the mirror. Hand your camera to a friend & have them take your photo. Figure out who your most uninhibited friend is, & take a shitload of photos of them. All of this will get you over the whole 'art is precious' & "OMG! what do I look like!?' thing that's so inhibiting for both the photographer & the subject.
I'm good at taking photos of people, but I started from nothing, & worked my way up with lots of practice. There is no reason whatever that you can't do the same if you put your mind to it, & it's very rewarding when you get it right. Don't be embarrassed to waste a few thousand shots on people - you have to do that to learn how to get the good shots. Hell, even now I'm happy if one shot in six is a keeper.
Get into the habit of taking photos at the best quality your camera can do, because otherwise, as sure as Mondays, the time when you take the best shot of your life will be when you have your camera dialled down into crappy web-quality resolution. ;^)
Memory cards are cheap, disk is cheap, bandwidth is cheap, memories are expensive. Don't waste your time on lo-res images, get the best that you can. If you want a lo-res image, it's easy to shrink it. But you can't turn a lo-res image into a hi-res image, & you'll spend your life kicking yourself for blowing your lucky moment.