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Old 02-17-2010, 09:01 PM
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Can anyone help me? I absolutely adore photography but recently I feel like I've lost all inspiration to take photos.

As you can see from my page on TE (http://www.trekearth.com/members/bethel/photos/) I've been taking photos on regular SLRs and run-of-the-mill Kodak EasyShare cameras for a while. I also take photos on a Holga (which costs lots to develop!) but the photos never look good enough for TE.

I've been trying to save up for a DSLR and Photoshop since 2004 but due to being a student and now unemployed and planning my wedding, I've never had quite enough money! Does anyone have any tips for someone who uses a regular Kodak EasyShare and very little photo-editing software?

Any links to cheap/free editing programmes or new ideas in styles would be much appreciated!

Thanks!
Elizabeth

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:02 PM
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first, congrats with the wedding! I wish you both well.

I cannot help with cheap editing software as I get to use photoshop for free...So, I've not had to search for other softwares. But I'm sure there are free online softwares.

however, about the inspiration, my advice would be to look at as many pics as possible. trekearth is not a bad site, but there is much better photography on the net. If you want, I can give you the links to my favorite sites for watching photos!

Another good way to really get inspired is to go on a trip. So, I guess if you're getting married, you might go on a honeymoon? If your future hubby also likes photography, you might have fun taking pics!!

And about your photos not being good enough for TE, what do you mean?? I think you have a good eye! I like your pics. I think some have exposure and focus flaws, but with exposure and focus corrected, you would have great pics!!

have a good day!

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Old 02-18-2010, 09:43 PM
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Hi Marc,

Thanks for your reply-you have made me feel better about this! I appreciate your tips and feedback. Yes, I agree, a trip may be the best source of inspiration. We're planning our honeymoon right now and my fiancé loves photography too so we're hoping to somehow buy a DSLR by September so that we can take better photos while we're away.

In the meantime, I have downloaded several free trials of photo editing software so that I can try to get back to taking and editing photos.

Could you possibly send me links to those other photography sites that you mentioned?

Thanks for all your help!
Elizabeth
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:47 PM
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Hi Elizabeth,
yes, yes! first of all, of course - my congratulations on the occasion of your future wedding - and wishes of all the best

I fully agree with what Marc said: one of the best ways to learn and get new ideas for your future photos is "to look at as many photos as possible"!

TrekEarth (plus also reading other members' critiques to other members' photos!) has given me a lot of inspiration and food for thought, I've learnt to look at the world from many new different angles!

I would also add: you can try to analyze the photos you look at (even those which you do not critique), try to see the subject of others' photos from your own point of view and think how YOU would take the same shot? what else would YOU add or remove in this or that particular shot?

It often doesn't really matter with what camera you shoot... shoot with your cell phone camera (if you have any) - the more often you take photos, the better
I've looked at your gallery briefly (so far), and I must say you have a good eye for choosing subjects for your photos

Concerning photo-editing software, I use Photoshop CS4, but I got it for free If downloading via torrents it is still not banned in the UK, you can find Photoshop on torrents sites...
I also use Irfan View (it is free for use), it is a simple but quite handy software.

Good luck!
Elena
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:31 AM
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Hi Elena,

Thanks for your reply! I like a lot of your ideas, such as looking at the photos that I and others have taken to analyse the way they have been taken and to see what I could do differently. I know that I used to do this in the past, but I seem to have become distracted because I didn't have a better camera!

I do have a camera on my phone so I will use this much more than I do to try and improve my technique. I sometimes use the software TurboPhoto and I'll download Irfan View too. I'll try to get Photoshop from torrents if I can too!

Thanks for your help!
Elizabeth
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:23 PM
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Hello again!
hey, a DSLR is not ABSOLUTELY necessary...but I agree that I started having much more fun with photography when I had my first DSLR!

I'm sorry I cannot help with the softwares. I know many members could help you here. However not many read this forum so I guess you're gonna have to try on your own!

About the sites I browse. Well there are many, some are more mainstream, some are more about personal interest (I like documentary photography and travel photography). So here is a non-exhaustive list of sites I regularly browse:
-flickr (VERY mainstream. there is a lot of bad photos there, but there is a way of finding the good photography too...and there is, believe me!)
photo.net (http://photo.net/gallery/photocritiq...tore_prefs_p=0)
-http://www.dpchallenge.com/
-http://www.photoholik.com/gallery.aspx
-http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP=XSpecific_MAG.AgencyHome_VPage&pid=2K7O3 R1VX08V
-http://www.jpgmag.com/
-http://www.burnmagazine.org/ (I like this one A LOT!)
-http://www.viiphoto.com/

and then, there are all those personal sites of photographers I like...but you have already a lot to look at with those sites!

I forgot to say I like reading photo magazine...Not necessarily those with tutorials and camera reviews, I prefer those with lots of photography inside.

and finally, there are TONS of video tutorials online (on youtube for example) to help you with your post-processing.

have fun!! Hope you find a good photogenic destination for your honeymoon!

Marc
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:43 AM
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Hi Marc,

Thanks for your help. I've spent this weekend looking at those websites. I have also been editing photos that I've taken and, for the first time in a long time, I have actually uploaded two new photos on to TE!

Thanks for all your help. It has been very useful and I'm definitely feeling inspired again!

Elizabeth
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