When Your Photo Gets Recognized…
If you have been reading my blog, you probably have noticed that my last post features a photo of a flower. It was taken a few days ago when I decided to take a walk around the campus of University of Nevada, Reno where I am working towards a MBA degree. When I got home and began editing the photos, I looked at this one and thought to myself “why not try something different?” Instead of just increasing the color saturation to make things brighter and more colorful as I normally do, I decided to darken the background to make the flower stand out more. I was very happy with the result and uploaded it the next day to my 500px account.
I was not expecting to get much feedback from the photographer community on 500px. However, within an hour of uploading this photo, I began receiving positive feedback from other photographers, some of whom are experienced professionals who are widely recognized on this platform. Moreover, the photo made it to the Popular stream where it gets more visibility on the website. It was an amazing experience as I have received more comments and “votes” than all I had in the past. For the first time since I picked up photography, I feel that I am finally making some progress in the right direction.
As I mentioned before, I sometimes interact with other photographers online to exchange feedback and ideas. However, this is the first time that I receive feedback from people who I have not met yet, and it is very fulfilling to see all the efforts that have gone into creating this photo paid off. In hindsight, I probably have not been making my photos as visible to others as I should have. There are many online platforms where photographers may share their works and invite constructive criticisms on their photos, and I would strongly advise anyone who is interested in photography to get started there.
So, what’s next for me? I’m going to head out there again, take more photos, and get feedback on them so I can keep on improving my skills. After all, it is the experiences that we accumulate and the skills we develop along the way that make a great photographer.
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