A Friday – early July

It’s been an odd week. Hot, humid and not very brilliant for taking photographs, and I am not even inclined to sit in front of a computer editing ‘stuff’.

It’s also been a busy few weeks in terms of talks and judging that I have been asked to do, so actually more computer sitting has been involved – my office seems to get really warm in the evenings but it has been great to either listen to other speakers, or join in and speak myself.

I’ll add a caveat at this point. I really hate listening to myself, so talks that I’ve done, that have been recorded, I tend not to want to hear again – but when it came to a talk last week with Sally Sallett, and Glenys Garnett, and both said they were happy for it to be recorded – I gave in, and had my bit recorded too.

Funnily, although I’m happy to talk photography any time anyone asks me, ad nauseam, this time I was nervous – I’d practiced – I’d sorted out what I was doing, I had everything set up, and ready to roll, and still I felt acutely that what I was about to present wasn’t going to be as good as the other two ladies I was with….. don’t ask me why, I have no idea.

Anyway – to cut a long story short – talk time came, it went, and it was utterly, ridiculously brilliant. Glenys and Sally were consummate professionals, and I think my bit was better than I thought it would be…. The feedback from the attendees was completely positive, and the great thing is that I’ve been sent images that people have created following on from the talk- and they have all been really good.

It’s truly wonderful when you show people how to do things, and they go away, apply those techniques – and then the images they produce are testament to not only how they have been taught, but more importantly, how they reacted to the ideas they were given. To see images that are well produced is a thrill beyond words.

Many years ago, at my first camera club (which will remain unnamed) I asked a photographer how they had done something (no idea even what it was now) – but I remember his reply so clearly. He said “if I tell you, then you’ll know” and he walked away, it was so frustrating and in equal measure, disappointing.

From my point of view, there are no secrets in photography. As an artist, and photography is an art form I believe, you should create what pleases you, but it shouldn’t be a secret how you did it.

So, get out there and create what makes you happy – feel free to experiment, to use colour boldly. Add grain to images if you want to, there’s no rule that says images should be noise free. Make dramatic black and whites, be abstract. Play with your camera, and your software. Make your own dreams come true.

Enjoy your art life.. and remember that photography isn’t a sport – there are no rules, only guidelines.

Author: Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography

I am a retired freelance photographer, based in Louth, Lincolnshire.

4 thoughts on “A Friday – early July”

  1. Hi Diane I tuned in specifically to listen to your talk about your panel and it was as good as I expected it to be. In fact your demonstartion of your technique was as far as I was concerned a bonus I was delighted to witness and I’m really glad it was recorded so I can go back and watch it agian. Having heard you talk before I wasn’t in the least bit surprised how good you were, although I am surprised to hear you say you were nervous. It was the first time I’d listened to Sally talk but having heard Glenys before and done one of her courses I can’t imagine why you thought you wouldnt be presenting anything as good as them not that i’m taking anything away from them. I think all three of you are inspirational photographers I just wish I had an ounce of your imaginations/vision.

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    1. You are so kind. I’m really happy to hear what you have said thank you. Thing was, that because Sally and Glenys are so good at what they do, I kind of felt like a kid in a sweet shop. I’ve been off playing with the ideas that Glenys gave, and I’ll see how I get on with those. Everyone has imagination and vision, it’s just a case of research, seeing what everyone else is doing, and then changing that vision so it’s your own. Keep shooting, and stay in touch….. Kind Regards……

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  2. Your articles are always worth reading and once again you have done a great job, your new images showing much more art effect are so refreshing to see. You are always showing and helping people to look further than straight through the lens, with great photoshop skills, doing art for yourself. Bugger the crusty old camera club member.
    Thank you and keep writing your blogs

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