Image Doctor: Greazefest Kustom Kulture Festival 2012
Photographer: Shirley Lowe
Camera Type: Nikon D3000
Adjustments: Picasa3 Lomo-ish The camera was set on A so I didn't set the shutter speed.
Photographer's Comments: This is a photo of a 1962 EK Holden Station Wagon taken at Greazefest Kustom Kulture Festival at Rocklea Showgrounds on the weekend of 3-5 August 2012. This is my first day of photography after doing a Beginner's Course so I would love some feedback on this particular photograph as this is the subject matter that I am most interested in at the moment.
Image doctor's advice
Starting off in photography can be exciting; having just completed a beginner’s course, now you have to make all the decisions about what you want to photograph and how you want to make those photographs.
Years ago at a conference a well-known photographer made the comment “how many photographers does it take to change a lightbulb”? His answer was 500 – "one to change the lightbulb and 499 to say they could have done it better".
It might sound a bit of a sarcastic comment but to a greater extent it is true. If you asked a dozen of the top photographers in Australia to photograph this car you would probably get a dozen very different photographs. The photographers would take it upon themselves to find their own unique compositions, lighting, supporting elements and postproduction treatments. This is what makes photography so magical.
And so the challenge within photography is not about learning to drive your camera; it is about learning to see with your own unique vision.
So, if the question is, how can you make this particular photo better, my advice would be to take another photo, and then another photo and another photo. Don’t just take one photo and assume you have it in the bag. Keep looking for the next angle or moment. Then when you get home, have a look through the photos and see which ones worked better than others, and ask yourself why. Start defining all of this and you will become a better photographer.
As for this photograph, there are some good design elements in it. I like the old guy in the back right corner and the reflection of the other blue car. That being said, I probably would have cropped out the orange tent to the left. Otherwise, good effort.