Photographs Should Speak for Themselves
My Photography Galleries are hosted at www.rakmilphotography.com
If something catches your eye it’s probably worth photographing and spending some time thinking about what it was that caught your eye and how to capture it.
We can argue all day about defining an amateur and a professional. One thing is for sure, a professional has to sell his work and an amateur would like to. One pro in a forum I follow said he retired to be a full-time amateur. The amateur can shoot for himself, ignore a few rules and get the kind of results they are happy with.
A case in point; I was chasing some ducks, a species I had never seen before, along a water edge trying to get close enough without spooking them. That’s the back-story that applies to about fifty shots taken in a ten-minute span. Below is one of those photographs.
I decided that I would post this specific shot it to a photographic forum as something I was proud of. I got one tepid comment. It seems to be a picture that appeals uniquely to me. Nonetheless its proudly on my Smugmug website at www.rakmilphotography.com
So yes photographs speak for themselves, they should not need captions and keywords, but you have to decide who and what they speak to and what they say. If you are a pro you need them to speak to your client, if you are an amateur, you have the choice of showcasing what speaks to you and not just those photographs that “sell” and follow all the rules. Hence the pro retiring to be an amateur and why some pros, I believe, envy amateurs just like some amateurs envy pros.
By the way Leanne Cole in Australia just posted on one of my favourite pieces of software, Nik’s Dfine, worth reading. http://blog.leannecole.com.au/?p=76