Taking the Next Step

The following is a guest post from Friend-of-the-Blog Steve Kalman. How can I make my photos better? That’s a question that every photographer asks, starting with the first set of returned prints as a beginner and continuing through to yesterday’s shoot. I’ve: Bought gear Taken workshops Bought (and later upgraded)...

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The Results Are In! October 2010 Photo Contest

This has been a special month for the photo contest here on the blog. Not only did I have the good fortune to team up with NAPP to get a sweet prize from my friend Matt Kloskowski, Matt served as our guest judge this go ’round! Thank you to everyone over at NAPP for the generous donation of the prize and a huge thank you to Matt for taking the time to go through and judge this month’s entries!

I know it was a hard decision, as it always is, because my readers can come up with some amazing photos. Even there could only be one winner, I want to congratulate all of those who submitted photos on some truly great work!

So, without further ado, the winner of a signed copy of Matt’s new book, Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature, Second Edition is:

Photo Reviews

Today I have 3 shots shared by a budding young photographer, Tori, who is all of 14 years old, almost 15. She came to me a few weeks ago wondering if I would give her some tips about what worked and what didn’t with her shots so far.

The three shots I selected from her gallery are, in my opinion, her best. They each stood out for me because they not only had artistic merit to them, they conveyed a message, a story, or an emotion, which is a long-sought-after goal of any artist, regardless of experience.

Following my comments below, I’d like to invite you to share some of your thoughts and ideas so we might help encourage a young person who is pursuing a growing passion.

November Photo Contest Reminder

That’s right! We’re already over halfway through the month and the November Photo Contest only has a couple of weeks left!

Regulars will know that there is usually no theme for my monthly photo contests but this month I thought it would be fun to see what you could do with your camera phones (thanks to a suggestion from my friend, Illustrator Eric Maruscak). You can process the photos as much as you like, as always, but it should originate from a phone.