As a member of a number of photography related groups on Facebook, I often read questions from people new to photography about their confusion in the technical aspects of shooting great photos. (not "captures", I hate that term).
So I've been playing around with the idea of producing short instructional videos that dive into the process of producing, shooting and editing images directed at the newcomer to this wonderful experience.
Obviously my workflow will differ from some people's, but that is expected. That's not the point. The point is that I can help to clear the air in regards to the methods that I incorporate as I go from idea to execution and final image. People can then take this knowledge and apply it to their own experiences.
I have a feeling that I know how I would go about it, but I'm not clear if there is any serious interest. Do I have competition? Yes. Youtube is flooded with "how-to" videos that tell people how to set up a camera, edit an image and all sorts of things. But is there a succinct video that shows the entire production in a clear and concise manner. Perfect for beginners. Simple, without an emphasis on any one gear manufacturer. Something that both grandma and the 5th grader could use.
What do YOU think?
BTW, did you know that I am now on Instagram? Yup, @picsmiketaylor is my Instagram handle. Check out the gallery there and let me know which images appeal to you.
Buying original Canadian art work doesn't have to be a difficult experience.
What it does involve is a bit of leg work, asking and listening. And relationships. In my particular case, I was able to pickup a couple of original pieces by a local artist simply by getting involved with the local studio tour that runs every year in my area.
We visited a few of the studios, talked with the artists and decided if after seeing the art work in person that we either wanted to own a piece or to move on. I picked up 2 small pieces that inspired me. I smartly stayed within my budget and didn't compromise by buying something that was economical yet didn't appeal to my visual tastes.
Ultimately, buying art is about appealing to your sense of artistic taste. One person's Mona Lisa is another persons velvet Elvis painting. If it doesn't make you feel positive, you probably won't like it hanging in your home.
Take this picture for example. A study on minimalism and pattern. To some this might appeal as being a cool-toned work that evokes a feeling of calm. To others it might be lacking excitement and a full colour spectrum. It all comes down to what drives the viewer. What makes them light up inside.
I find that I tend to notice simple compositions such as this more and more. Some of my print customers have a similar sense of design and give images with this sort of design philosophy high marks. Sales are going well.
Buying original Canadian art can be a pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable process. But it takes time. Look at a wide range of work and decide on what appeals to your visual taste and what lies within your budget.
Photo-Artist working a personal vision.