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How good do your photos need to show them off without looking like an idiot? I like to take pictures occasionally but I don't want to embarrass myself by calling them "photography" if they're actually terrible.
I'll post a few examples of my "work".

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Last one

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>>3749160
Well first and the most difficult part is your photos generally should be interesting to other people. (Unless shooting for desktop backgrounds or images for decorating a dentist waiting room.)
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My photos are shit. What do I care?
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>>3749160
>Post shitty photos
>Ask for real critique
>Ignore "It's shit" posters
>Figure out what could make it better
>Take more pictures with purpose
>Get better
>Come back post more repeat
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I've not taken a good photo in my life, doesn't stop me bombarding anyone who'll look
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What's your definition of a 'good' photo? How about just taking an interesting one? Just be in the moment. See something that you think needs to be photographed, then do it.
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I choose my audience. /pee/ hates just about everything but mummy and my drunk friends like my schotts

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>>3749211
13s, iso 6400, f3.5?

Was it 3am with no moon, inside of a cave or something?
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>>3749213
yeah it was a vurry dark night, and it was cloudy and foggy. all the skylight is basically just whatever light pollution was captured in the clouds

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>>3749214
That sounds pretty dark. It still came out very nice. Outstanding, actually. I really like it.
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>>3749214
The spots you highlighted look pretty cool, too.
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>>3749216
Welcome anon to the inner circle of drunk friends and family members
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>>3749210
That's very subjective. Some people have a talent for shooting interesting pictures even with a mundane and uninteresting subject. A friend recently took a pic of a bathroom from above where you see the (closed) toilet, the sink, the dark gray floor and a white rug. It's an amazing composition. And he does shit like that all the time, he has a great eye.
Meanwhile all I can do is shoot landmarks and aggressively edit the picture in lightroom only to come up with a handful of pictures worth looking at out of tens of pictures. I have the desire to create but I don't believe I have the talent. Very rarely do I identify an interesting shooting opportunity, my pics tend to be normalfag snapshits.
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Maybe you'll get lucky - I just saw this dumbass in Pinellas Park the other day. I didn't have much time before the light changed, so I took the best shot I could.

I think it turned out OK.
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>>3749225
Neither of you are really wrong. You can take a photograph of a subject that's not conventionally interesting and make it appear interesting and tasteful. But a subject that's interesting will still be interesting even if the photo itself is not the best in terms of execution.
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>>3749225
What you lack in talent you can make do with discipline anon. The good eye will come eventually
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>>3749229
extremely blurry, I bet you cropped it? Shoulda chased him and got the shot
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>>3749160
As good as you intend them to be. Some of the more popular people just repost their same photos with different edits, making them look neon, or dreamy, but would otherwise be ripped apart by a more traditional person. Blown out and pushed past the white points or not pushed enough, pick or choose what you see as a flaw. Just have confidence in what you do and instill it's own value, but apply the basics of good photography, and anyone will be interested.
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>>3749160
>How good do your photos need to show them off without looking like an idiot
post em on /p/ for crit until you get positive feedback


>>3749160
gimmicky and boring, but some normies might like the out-of-focus look. Problem is the rain isn't uniform or pleasant to look at, and the window is dirty too...

>>3749161
might work as generic wallpaper, otherwise boring

>>3749162
messy, flat lighting, boring

>>3749164
not very good tbqh, what were you trying to do here? "trying to be artsy" is never a good motivation for taking a picture

>>3749166
boring, looks like a selfie background to prove you went to an apple orchard, rather than a picture you would want to show for its own sake

>>3749211
underexposed, generic long exposure waterfall with lots of distracting elements (branches on right, messy dead leaves and branches on bottom left)

>>3749214
like above crit but now with meme light-writing distracitons
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>>3749161
I like it very much!
>>3749166
Mom liked it!
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>>3753281
Why would you post and all of your critiques be "boring"? Why not post something interesting so anon can see what you think is boring about them by comparison...
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>>3749160
Depends on the context in which you show them off. When dealing with friends and family, never violate the most scared rule of photography: don’t bore people with your photos. If you showing other photographers while asking for feedback, it doesn’t matter how shitty the pic is as long as you can describe why you thought it was worth sharing.
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>>3749160
Sometimes you just get lucky.

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>>3753281
"Trying to be artsy" sounds gay but I do think it's a good motivation for taking a picture
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>>3749160
Looks like photography to me. I mean, they’re not terribly good photos, but I can see what you’re going for. Maybe some more post processing would help, but even the fact that I’m bringing it up probably means your subjects aren’t that interesting. I would place these solidly as “dump them on instagram so I can see how much I’ve improved in a year” tier.
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>>3761562
it might be good motivation for taking a picture
but it won't be motivation for taking a good picture

If you're trying to force something to look good that doesn't look good, then what makes you think other people viewing that photo (who aren't invested in it) will think it looks good?
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>>3761706
Definitely forcing won't be good. To me it's just that "trying being artsy" is not too different from "taking a good picture". Both come down to making choices of composition and lighting and so on. All I'm trying to say is that aesthetics (obviously) play an important role in premeditating a photo. But yea, you can definitely also fall into a mindset that results in "style over substance", though sometimes the style IS the substance.
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>>3761722
>sometimes the style IS the substance.
that's how you end up with instagram filter and lightroom preset tier photos,

They'll might good in the thumbnail or scrolling through your phone, but spend more than 30 seconds looking at it and it'll fall apart.
There's reason instagram tier photos aren't printed out and hanged on walls, even on the most normalfag of normalfag cafes and stores
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>>3761768
What I had in mind when I said that is more examples of images that don't necessarily have a subject, but are more about the textures, colours and effects applied to them to create an interesting visual. Noone should be looking at photos on instagram in the first place. I can see its networking value of it but you will get eye cancer trying looking at any kind of compressed image on a phone-sized screen.

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I just fuck around on Photocrowd and Gurushots. I'm not making any money off of my hobby and never planned to.

But if you want to feel better about your pictures, go check out a "professional" selling their photos at a gallery or coffee shop. It's almost invariably overexposed snapshits if barns and horribly HDR'd pics with huge amounts of halo artifacts from where they slapped a filter on it.
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>>3761800
>It's almost invariably overexposed snapshits if barns
You sure you're not talking about the Fuji tranny?
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>>3749161
Blown highlights
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>>3749160
First thing people do when they get a camera is training aesthetics. This is what you seem to be doing now, you're taking those shots of rain on window, macro things, you snap good frames you notice around, and all of that is very good for you, but it's not quite a "photography material". Keep doing what you do and don't let anyone tell you otherwise because it's very important to learn how to take this kind of photos, but also be humble and realize that your photos are hardly interesting for now. One day, you'll go for a walk, on a trip, you'll find something that's actually interesting and worthy, and then you'll have your good photo to show to people. Meanwhile, enjoy the process of learning. Keep in mind that all of your skill that lets you capture things so they look pretty is just a nice wrapping for meaningful content.

There is nothing wrong with macro bokeh pics everyone takes at first, it's a necessary step, but if you want to show someone a photo, then best case scenario is when it it contains something so interesting that it would be worth checking out even as a quick one hand blurry smartphone snap. "I went to abandoned factory with my compact" beats "I took photos of my coffee cup with my full frame" any day of the week.

And none of that makes coffee cup snapshits bad. Fun things are fun.
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>>3761722
The difference is that in one you're trying, and in the other you're doing. Don't get me wrong, you need to try for a while before doing, because that's how it goes with anything, but trying can be counterproductive to actually doing because it's just a performance put on rather than a genuine attempt at understanding. I don't know if I'm being clear with what I'm saying, so ask me for elaboration if you want to discuss
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>>3749166
Anon, being unabashedly bad at something is what we should all do when starting out. You can't just pretend like you know what you're doing. Play with your camera, review your snaps, and ask for critique on your best ones

Side note, I've taken photos similar to #4. Posting so you can check them out
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>>3762211
Some time when you see a subject you like, take a moment to observe it and see what stands out to you about it. This is because it trains your eye, and because the best aspect of a photo isn't necessarily the first thing you see



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