Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Revisiting the purpose of this blog

I have been thinking a lot about this blog lately--I feel like somehow it has switched paths from it's original purpose and maybe we are kind of off course with it. A few people addressed some concerns with me, and I must admit I agree.

PLEASE do not take any of these concerns as a personal attack. I am not trying to single any ONE person out, but I really had a specific idea in mind when we started this blog and I, as well as several others, really would like it to stay that way.

This blog was created to help people who want to be inspired with photography--who want to better themselves as a photographer and improve their technique and skills. And we do this with a 24 hour challenge. During that 24 hours, it's your chance to think on the word you have been presented with and find a subject to take a picture of. Experiment! Take a hundred shots if you need to. But the point of the challenge is to really work towards something better than you would usually take, whether that be through the angles or exposure, or the way you frame your picture.

I am afraid it has become easy to just be sloppy and post any picture just to complete a challenge. That, however, is not the point of this project.

A few things regarding posting:

--PLEASE POST A CURRENT PICTURE that was taken within the 24 hour project. This is how you push and challenge yourself to become a better photographer.

--Let's keep the stories and explanations short--I know several people have expressed that they feel that the place for those are on people's personal blogs. I am at fault of this as well--I know! :) So, let's just clean up our posts. Write a short blurb...3-4 sentences...and maybe the lighting we used, all the picture details, and any special technique we used.

--I am looking for people who would be willing to post a Friday feature--even if you are new to photography. If you have found a great article online, or want to share any aspect or technique of photography, go for it! PLEASE leave a comment if you are willing to post a feature to share. I really want to get this going in the next week or so.

I am so happy to have this blog and see the wonderful samples of art contributed by so many people. Let's all step it up--not matter what our current skill level. Let's really make this a place to be inspired!

I am open to any feedback on how we can improve. Please leave a comment or drop me an email: hollowayfam@yahoo.com

Thanks again everyone! Be ready for your challenge tomorrow morning!!


Mindy said...

Sounds great, Rachel... and I promise I won't post 2 photos anymore! I WILL be decisive. ;)

I'd be glad to help with a Friday feature. I am by NO means a professional photographer, but I've read a lot of stuff and gone to a couple of classes, so I'd be happy to share what I've learned.

Travis and Jenny Holloway said...

I went to the photographics society on campus a couple of weeks ago, and could share a few photoshop and photography tips I got from that if you'd like for a friday feature. Let me know! --Jenny

AprilF said...

I agree with everything you said! I have several pics that fit reflection that I really like- but I didn't take them recently- hence not posting.

I'd also be happy to do a Friday Feature if needed!

Stephanie said...

I could probably do a Friday Feature at some point - I can draw inspiration from my Digital Photography book that I've been reading. It has some great tips!

Felicia H. said...

I would be happy to do a friday feature too. Just let me know whan :) fleesh16@yahoo.com

Charlotte said...

I'm not a great photographer, but I do have a book I could pull something from to share.

I would also be more than happy to do a photoshop tutorial or two if you or anyone is interested.

Rachel H. said...

THANKS everyone! I forgot I don't get comments emailed to be anymore (because there wereso many) and so I was feeling really retarded that I hadn't heard back from anyone! :) Came over here to check just in case and WOAH! THANKS for your input!!

Mindy said...

Yes on the photoshop tutorial from Charlotte! :)

Rachel H. said...

yes, photoshop tutorials are great!!!

Ashton and Shanda Call Family said...

sure, love to do a friday feature...havent a clue how great it would be but I'd do it

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