I don’t think anyone was saying that you over edit. I think your editing is lovely and subtle. All I meant was that in camera techniques should come first, because without it, you don’t have the strong foundation you need for longevity in the business as styles/fads/tastes/trends/technology/Equipment change over time.
When I said “Be honest with yourself. are you progressing? or at a stand still?” That was a question to ask yourself, not a question I was asking of you because I felt you were not progressing. If you feel that you can learn what you need while being in business, and take both learning processes on simultaneously and still progress, that’s wonderful, kudos to you. Not just everyone can do that, it’s actually quite rare. I realize that everyone learns differently and they lead different lives than myself. I just know that I can’t manage it and learn properly, and while shooting for others no matter how briefly I did, I truly wasn’t learning what I needed to, and felt that I was pushed to learn so much on the business end of things, as well as editing, service, how to connect properly with people, props, products etc etc, that my photography itself was taking a backseat to everything else that became so much more important. I bit off more than I could chew, and that was without ever being in business.
“I would like to know what you guys see that makes it look like I don’t know what I’m expecting when I take an image”
The consistency isn’t there. Now this is just in general, there aren’t any particular photos vs. another to compare what I was trying to say. Just “This is done this particular way, and then that photo is goes in a completely different direction” It happens, it’s all part of the process. This doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong per say, just that I can see from your photos that you are new to this and haven’t honed in on “your thing” completely. I can see that you are still experimenting with replicating what you have seen and admire (and you do it well). I can also see you have an eye, talent, and you care about what you are doing. My only concern was/is that you are moving too quickly and taking too much on at once. To the point where I felt your photography could suffer for it. Only you can be the true judge of that.
Here’s a link to the photos I share publicly and make a few sales from
I dont post my portraiture publicly because I’m still learning and dont have clients, or shoot for people other than myself
This is not a brag (I realize my shots are amateurish, simplistic and not near as difficult/challenging as portraiture can be), or a statement to say I am right and you are wrong (we all take different paths, and have different learning processes)… but the majority, minus only a small handful and one manip are SOC (maybe a few with some brushed in definition on the focal point) because I haven’t even begun to teach myself advanced editing. I dont even own photoshop because I’m not ready to take on more than just minor editing at this point. I dont even load my RAWs into my software, unless I used my camera on vaca or a family event, and want to salvage every possible shot regardless what may have went wrong. This is because I dont want to be able to fall back on it. I want to master in camera first. So I hope now that you have a better understanding of where I’m coming from, and a little about how I shoot, you decide not to take offense to anything I’ve said to you. Because it was not written in that light, and not my intentions at all. You asked for critique and opinions, and I was just doing my best to provide it. Remember even the greatest of greatest photogs of all time can seek CC and receive a ton of it. There’s no such thing as perfect.