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Jugs in the Family

Today is late, but I wanted to wait until it was dark to take my photos today.  I was trying to see if I could do some stuff with lights and candles.

This is a composition I thought up the other day, unfortunately it hasn’t quite worked out as well as I had hoped.  Again, it is a work in progress and one that I will continue trying and mucking around with.

What I really wanted to do tonight was to try out some lighting.  I purchased a spot light globe to put in the same lamp that I used for the teacups and it is a lot more direct and I think I might have to have another go with that one as well.  Perhaps tomorrow will be a good day.

The lighting in the one above is too strong, and I should have moved the light further away.  I need to practice more with lights.  I need some more space too, will have to start re-arranging the lounge room again.

I want to talk about something else as well.  Criticism.

Someone I know has been offering me some critiques on my work, and while I don’t object to criticism, it would be nice if it was constructive.  They have said they don’t want to teach me, but  just telling me what is wrong with the work, is not constructive.  I try, and I apologise now if I don’t do this, is when I give someone’s work critique, I try to tell them what would make it better, and I also try to give positive comments as well.

When I was at art school we all had to take it in turns to hang our work on the wall and everyone would get to critique it.  It wasn’t always bad, and it wasn’t meant as an opportunity to tear a person down, it was meant to be a time to help that person, to give positive and negative feedback.  If you had negative feedback then you needed to talk about what you would do to make it better if it was yours.  Constructive criticism.

I hope we all learn to do this when we are giving people our thoughts and ideas on their work.
What is that saying, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”.

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  1. Liz #

    Is this taken inside with just the lights? I’m trying to work out how to take decent photos of food indoors. At the moment I take all my photos outside without flash and by 6:30 the light isn’t always enough outside so I want to take them indoors but the flash does horrendous things to food in my experience.

    February 27, 2012
    • Yes it is taken inside. It was taken about 8 o’clock at night. I turned all the other lights off as well. I just used standard lights, though I did have a candle burning on one side for light, wanted to see what that would be like. If you want to email me, I can give you some tips on how to go about it, can you let me know what camera you use as well?

      February 28, 2012
  2. I agree with you about criticism. It should be about trying to help a person improve, not about breaking them down and making them feel worthless.

    February 27, 2012
    • Thank you, that is exactly how I feel about it as well. I had an art teacher once and her critique was always really good, she always started with the positives, what she liked about your image and then she would suggest ways to make it better. You always felt like she only wanted you to do better. When I critique someone’s work I always try to remember her and follow her example.

      February 28, 2012
      • There is a practice when teaching primary children: two yeses and one no. You Tell the children two good things about their wok, and one thing they could improve on. I think this is a good policy to have for all critiques.

        February 28, 2012
      • That is a very good practice. Praise should always be there as well. I will have to remember that. Thanks Colline.

        February 28, 2012
  3. Words can crush one’s spirit, at least they can crush mine! It is generous of you to allow us to see how a photographer processes her work. I find your style fascinating! I am always learning as you are growing.

    February 28, 2012
    • I am with you, it can be very demeaning and can just crush someone when the criticism is given with no thought.
      That is a lovely thing to say, it really warms my heart to know that people like going through the process with me. I don’t always come out with a great image, but I always learn and it is good that others are learning as well.

      February 28, 2012
  4. Fortunately I’m not knowledgeable enough to give any criticism on this picture – I only know that I like it… :)

    February 28, 2012
    • :) I am glad you like it, it is certainly a good beginning. I hope you like the end product when I find it.

      February 28, 2012
  5. I gotta agree with zelmare, Leanne – this shot might not be what you were going for, but there’s *something* about it that I like…can’t explain it, so I’ll just enjoy it. :)
    I read the comment you’re talking about, and my first thought was, “How Rude!” Delivery is everything in critique, and this person “don’t got it.” I do applaud *you* for not deleting them out right, and allowing the diatribe to stand.
    Shoot on, friend, and please keep sharing with the rest of us.

    February 28, 2012
    • It is good that the beginning is being accepted. I need to work on the lighting more and the computer editing. I know there is more I can do, but last night was more about the lighting, checking out whether the spot globe would work. Yay, it does.
      I am so glad you thought the comment was rude as well, I was really taken aback when I read it. Sometimes you have to let that kind of thing through, I don’t know if he meant it to come out as being rude, but I felt like he was being very patronising, and a bit of a show off, he knows more than me. So what, I’m new to HDR and I think, I don’t know much, but I”m learning, and my thoughts were about him, he said he didn’t want to help me, I did ask, and so why is he telling me about everything that HE thinks is wrong?
      I will shoot on, so glad that people do enjoy my experiments.

      February 28, 2012
  6. Girl, I love your critcism on my work…it has helped me so much.

    February 28, 2012
    • It is so good to hear you say that. I try not to do it too much, because it can be demoralising. You do need to just have a go. I am glad I have helped you.

      February 28, 2012
  7. I was impressed when I read this shot was set up & taken at night – I assumed it was late in the day natural light! It would make an interesting oil subject too….

    February 28, 2012
    • Wow, that is a great comment to get. I would really like the images to be like paintings, but really don’t want to do the painting filter in photoshop. I keep trying. Thanks

      February 28, 2012

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