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I'm trying to work through photo backlog. One of the reasons I avoid processing photos is that it reminds me how far my photos are from where I wish they were. I'm sure that's a factor for many photographers. I am not all that satisfied with either of the sets I just finished - not bad, but not what I want.

In the case of the spring sakura gatherings, I wasn't aiming to take amazing photos - I was mostly just there to hang out. I just sort of took photos because it's something I do. So given I went in with no plan at all, not even knowing who I'd see, I guess the results are OK.

 Picture: D8C_1481

more: http://epii.info/anime/2013/hanami/

On think I feel is the case in many of my photos is that they're too heavy with lighting and crazy angles and such - sometimes that's appropriate, but not always. It takes away any delicacy the image may have had when being so blunt. Working lighter helps not loose that, and so I think this benefitted:

It's still not at the the level of some of what I admire, like this Hanasaku Iroha shoot - particularly this shot. Maybe it's time for me to play with film some more to force a simpler approach.

But then again, there are photographers who do heavy lighting and still seems to capture the right touch in her photos. So I suppose it's less a matter of technique as just application of that technique.

I also processed a Chobits photoshoot I did @ UCLA. There's a specific image Mari wanted to reproduce. I had to edit in the wings since I didn't think we should be drawing on the stones (they should be drawn in chalk to be accurate to the art):

The rest was just filler essentially. My favorite from the shoot seems to only be preferred by me - others feel the pose is too awkward.

Who knows what's next. The Revy shoot I did is 80% done. Japan Expo has so few photos that may be easy to wrap up. I'm not going in any order. Shortest Job first if anything.


Been meaning to comment on this for a few days, but I've been lazy.

I feel you. I have the same issue with my photos. So many are just not where I want them and I don't know what else to do to move forward. This has been a problem for me for a while. The problem could just be that I see what others do and it makes me feel my photos are coming up short. Maybe I just need to learn to live with what I produce and be happy about it.
I think that is a factor. And I think that's why I was happier with my photos many years ago - I thought they were decent, and compared to most of what I saw, they were. But now, following many people on dA (especially the Russians), I see so many amazing photos regularly.

Also with seeing others' photos, I'm seeing their best while I see all of my photos, so that probably skews things even more.

And so the feeling may even be a bit mutual. Or hope so anyway? I see photos and realize I don't know how to make an image like that, so it impresses me. I know how to make pictures that look like my pictures, so that's not impressive to me. Maybe others whose imagine I feel I can't match see my images the same way.

I probably should just accept my photos without comparison to others. I do think my photos are lame next to Eric or Hexlord or Pireze. But that shouldn't matter, and I hope to find some way to not make such comparisons. But what's in my head is also much cooler than what I produce, so even if I'm not comparing with them, I'm still falling short of what the goal with the image was. And that dissatisfaction I don't think I should ignore.
I look at a lot of my earlier photos and recall how happy I was with them at the time, but see a lot of flaws now. Part of that is moving from amateur to professional - eager and passionate to mature and experienced. On the whole I believe I take better photos now, but I find the photos I like the most tend to get the least response, which makes me question my taste.

That's definitely true. You shoot 100 photos and see many variations sometimes of a single pose before you got it "right." But there are always 1 or 2 others that give the "right" photo a run for its money, which means you hem and haw over them and that can mentally detract from the final product for you (and me). Not sure how to deal with that. I've seen Eric (BWB) shoot and he will shoot 1000 photos and use 10 final. I don't know how he manages. I guess more coverage (spray and pray) means more to choose from, but for me that ends up with more to waffle over. I definitely prefer to try and do more to set up a good shot and have less to pick from in the end, but sometimes I get to the end and wish I'd taken that "right" photo at just a slightly different angle or moved that side light another degree. So I guess I'm not quite shooting the right amount yet.

I agree you shouldn't. Nor should I. Unfortunately, I don't know what to do to make that go away. Some of us continually strive for our own perfection and to a point I think that's good, but if you take it too far, hold yourself to too high a standard, you end up choking on your own imperfections. There was a great quote I saw attributed to Salvador Dali - “Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”