Problem Solving for Photographers
As part of a recent discussion about editing portraits, we had to problem solve a number of images together. Now, I’m no expert in photo editing, so it was great that other members could help out with the problems. Ruth and I also followed up how to solve these problems via email. We sent out tutorials to the small group explaining how to get rid of hot spots on skin, colour correcting skin tones and removing unwanted backgrounds.
This process got me thinking. Where do we turn to for help with our weird and wonderful photography questions?
My first step would be to ask a more advanced workers within our camera club. That’s the beauty of belonging to such a strong camera club team. We have many members who have so much experience and knowledge. If you are unsure who to ask for advice, send me an email and I can recommend you to one of our ‘wise ones’.
One of the keys to improving your photography skills is by learning how to solve problems on the spot. It is often a process of elimination. I recently read a really good article on the Red Photography website called ‘Problem Solving & Leadership’. Gary Miller wrote about the unpredictability of weather in his post, explaining that on his commercial shoots he could not control this element so he just had to focus on making the best of the moment and decide how to overcome the weather conditions. While many of us are in a position to turn around and go home if the weather is lousy, maybe we should challenge ourselves and consider all options before pulling the pin! Why not photograph in the rain, in the fog or when it is dark? By moving out of our comfort zone and trying new things we might just make our photography unique and even more memorable.
Here the link to Gary Miller’s post if you would like to read more about this idea.
The other way to improve our photography is to learn by others mistakes. By paying attention to how other photographers overcame their photography problems, we will learn more. Photography forums are always worth a read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Photography forums cover photography tips, post production tips, tutorials, advice, product reviews, photo critiques and more! You can write questions and have them answered almost instantly. Be sure to check out this list of top photography forums.
I always marvel at how much I learn from other members within our camera club, I think it’s a pretty amazing experience to be constantly growing as a photographer.
I look forward to learning more together.