04.24.2020 Learning from others

I mentioned a virtual friend’s vlogs the other day and hope that some of you followed the link and enjoyed Alister Benn’s tutorial videos. I know a couple of you did. I have a few other photographers whose channels I follow and periodically will share them should you wish to watch and take away some of what they share.  I know of a few folks who say they don’t allow themselves to be influenced by others because in inhibits their own personal expression. I don’t adhere to that thinking.  But I also don’t “copy” others.  We all learn from our peers whether professional or fellow bloggers, some of whom are pro level and some amateur. The videos can be inspirational, instructional, or just plain enjoyable as the photographers take you on their shoots.  Either way I find value in them and hope you might also.

I’ve been following Adam Gibbs for a few years now.  Aside from the fantastic places he visits which I likely never will, he is very willing to share not only his successes but also will reveal failures as examples of working towards getting better. His manner is enjoyable and instruction easy to follow. I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I did.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 04.24.2020 Learning from others

  1. The primary reason that I got into the judging of competition prints was to learn the elements that go into creating an image that makes you get chill bumps when you first view it, namely lighting, composition, technical execution, subject matter, story telling and titling, to name but a few. Every time I judge an image that creates that reaction, I try to learn from it. It might be perspective, it might be lighting, it might be texture…but I try to learn a specific element that made me go “wow” and file it back in my dusty memory bank. Then, if I encounter a composition, or a lighting situation, or a problematic contrast issue between highlight and shadow, I can call upon that memory bank to overcome a situation that is making my image fail. That is not copying, but it is learning from others’ experiences.
    In my many years as a professional photographer, I have run into other photographers who were paranoid about sharing their techniques, for fear of losing business to a competitor. My approach has been just the opposite…if I can teach another photographer to make better images, then the entire community of photographers benefits by the art form being elevated to a place of higher value.
    So I say, go ahead and be influenced…we all benefit. Thanks for the links. And thanks for your inspiration.

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    • Thanks, Bob. It is interesting to learn about the motivation for your deciding to judge and admirable as well. We should always be open to learning from the experiences of others. There is little advantage in the conceit of believing you know all you need to know on your own and our world gets wider for us when we allow ourselves to discover that of other folks who see, think, or respond to what is outside of themselves differently. It’s like asking directions. We will probably reach our destination one way or another but a little guidance speeds things up.


  2. I watched the video, which as you said is easy to follow along with.

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  3. Todd Henson says:

    Not only do I also not adhere to the thinking of not allowing oneself to be influenced by others, I think it’s impossible not to be. I believe everything we see, everything we experience, whether artwork or in life, becomes a part of us and influences us and our work. And I don’t think there’s any problem in that. Embrace it. Make something of it. And I appreciate when you share folks who have influenced or inspired you. Most times these folks are new to me, so it’s always good to broaden my experiences and knowledge. Thanks much, Steve.

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    • I agree Todd. It’s not much different than going to school. Influence or learning. In this case pretty much the same things. Think of how we grew up thinking, at least some of us, we knew more than our folks and didn’t want to be like them. Later we learned that not only were they pretty smart but we became the person we are because of their examples and teaching. Same with educators and what we see others doing. We can’t avoid being a product of our experiences.
      I’ll be sharing more of the folks I admire and learn from.


  4. krikitarts says:

    I spent time with both of the links you presented and am happy that I did. We can all learn something new or at least be inspired to do more with the tools already at hand. Thanks for sharing the works and thoughts of these folks.

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    • Glad that you found value in them, Gary. I appreciate that these folks are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with us. I have purchased some of their tutorials or ebooks also. Lots to learn constantly.

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  5. Littlesundog says:

    I agree with all that Todd commented, and I also think one must be open to considering these influences. I love photography – looking at other’s work and enjoying what emotion it brings forth – perhaps simply something that is pleasing to the eye or becomes thought-provoking. My own photography is on the fly, and because I’m too busy with other endeavors and a bit lazy to study it much, I have never taken the time to delve into the technical aspect of photography. And that’s ok… for me, at this point in my life, I’m thankful for the “auto” features. Someday, I may be less of a workaholic and decide to better understand and utilize a camera. There’s always hope!!

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    • We all have different levels that we operate on whether photography or animal husbandry. I greatly admire your rescue work, Lori. It’s wonderful and in many ways more meaningful than art. Creating is important and offers much of valuable to others as well as ourselves but affecting the endangered or challenged lives of our fellow creatures is something spiritual that is to be admired. When the time is right maybe you will take the opportunity to advance your photographic skills but for now you are doing what matters most to you. And your pictures of life on the farm are most enjoyable.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    You summed it up well when you wrote about how we can be influenced by many people without imitating them. I’ve always been interested in other people’s input but that doesn’t mean I lose myself. But that’s preaching to the choir. I’m one of the people who watched and enjoyed the previous video, and I made a note to look at the others you mentioned too, but the note is still sitting here on my desk. I’ve been busy, between hours spent outside on most days, then lots of processing, and working on posts. You know! So I’ll take a quick look now…


    • There’s only so many hours in a day, right? 🙂 Currently I have time on my hands so can afford the luxury of watching videos. While I am enjoying the free time I am eagerly looking forward to getting back to work when appropriate and then videos will be on the back burner for me too.Glad that you enjoyed Alister’s vlog post, Lynn.


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