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Viewing Photography Work of Others....

ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
25 Jul 2013 3:04PM
Does it help or hinder you?

I recently watched an interview with a former EPZ member who many will know for her amazing flower images and portraits. Blonde and from Belgium... many will know who I mean.

One thing which really struck home with me was when asked whether she looks at the work of other photographers.

It was a straight "no"

because she wanted her work to be as pure and uninfluenced as possible, she deliberately avoided seeing work of her contemporaries .

Probably a strange question to ask on a photo sharing site Wink, but do you think the same way - and avoid others work?
Do you actively look at others work for ideas and inspiration?
Do you look at others work out of a sense of duty?
So you look at others work for pleasure?
Has your approach/thoughts on this changed since you began photography? When and why did that happen?
Has your enthusiasm for looking at others work changed?

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brian1208 16 11.7k 12 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 3:10PM
So you look at others work for pleasure? Yes

Has your enthusiasm for looking at others work changed? No

I also spend a lot of time wandering around galleries for the same pleasure and whilst not seeking inspiration must surely soak in some of the ideas I see sub-consciously, but consciously, my work is my own and doesn't intentionally reflect the work of others, which is probably why its so uncreative Tongue
annettep38 8 219 42 Germany
25 Jul 2013 3:14PM
I have always learned from others! No matter whether it was on a lathe , pulling a wiring loom through a machine, solving equations or cooking a good stir fry.
So, logically, the same applies for photography. I have no idea whom you are talking about ( or how to find the hair colour of a member, i thought for most of us that is grey ( female) or or barely there (male )WinkWinkWinkWink) but as a general rule of thumb methinks we wouldn't be here if we didn't care.
Since I joined I have learned a lot here and I learned a lot from a Scot who took all sorts of things as a freelancer and journalist. And even shot with his Linhof 4x5 hand held. The most important one was never to bother with a tripod unless you really have to.
AlanJ 7 1.0k England
25 Jul 2013 3:17PM
No - not long enough
Not yet

Being almost as new as Prince George (that is his name isn't it? Can't seem to find out by watching TV - they really should increase the coverageTongue) to this game I need and take all the help/inspiration I can get.
Most of my viewing is on this site and I have learned so much (not necessarily reflected in my resultsSad)
SlowSong Plus
11 8.7k 30 England
25 Jul 2013 3:35PM
I look at lots of other people's work. I've often found that when I've hit a drought, looking at other people's images quite often makes me want to grab my camera again and get out there and do it. I've recently been in correspondence with [link=Chris Porsz]Chris Porsz[/link] and he's been very inspirational, but I wouldn't copy his style. It's just a feeling.
Kurt42 17 2.9k 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 4:01PM
Do you think the same way - and avoid others work? -- Certainly not.
Do you actively look at others work for ideas and inspiration? -- Not only photographers, but all sorts of images.
Do you look at others work out of a sense of duty? -- No, for pleasure and interest.
So you look at others work for pleasure? -- You got it!
Has your approach/thoughts on this changed since you began photography? When and why did that happen?
Has your enthusiasm for looking at others work changed?
-- I am just as enthusiastic and I have more time to follow my inclinations.

Its a real shame that some folk think that it is good to work in a vacuum. My opinion is exactly the opposite.

TyChee 15 275 1 United States
25 Jul 2013 4:01PM
I just love looking at images in general. I spend a lot more time looking than posting these days. I do find it inspiring if I find something creative and of very high technical quality.
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
25 Jul 2013 4:06PM
back in the day, we all copied keef

it was the law

be it landscape or those steamy things at grosmont - we all did it - though i never did the trains Wink

I was in my "commenting like a demon" phase, fishing for friends and all that evil stuff we pour scorn on these days, so I was in many way looking out of duty - though did learn a lot doing it

in the 3 or 4 years I was shooting weekly with Tandberg, he'd have seen something waccy and exciting on EPZ (or elsewhere) using torches (all the painting with light stuff) and flashes (all the early strobist stuff) which we'd go out and try. We also found an incredible range of locations within 50 miles of leeds... you do when trawling around constantly every week.

I was probably a lot more engaged by what others were doing back then - there were a bunch of people like CulturedCanvas (Dan) doing the same kinda thing, so all nicking ideas off each other. We even tried Dragen stuff - though my infinite lack of patience with photoshop made me abandon that. IRAddict was doing some "out there" stuff, and Paul Stefan was probably the first I saw using HDR.

I moved more into a "forum troll" mode in around 2008-2010 ish - had a job that I hated and needed relief, and a forum was more discrete than pictures on your screen all day. Never really been back into the galleries other than to look at the EC/HC gallery and realise that Photoshop skills really are king these days Wink

Now it's all a bit different really - I may look at what RichSR's upto a he's a good mate and usually banging out quality fashion stuff - stuff which I never do by the way, can't afford the model/MUA and art director for that level of work! Though have done a few paid Islamic fashion shoots... they were cool but can't show the shots for commercial reasons (the stuff's not been released yet).

I spend more time making business people look cool, than getting models in to fine art poses, could just imaging some of my clients bent over chairs, half naked Wink It's more about keeping their attention and enthusiasm up long enough to get the shots than anything.

There's not a huge pool of business profile shots on these sites to get influenced by - and I'm not sure I'd want to anyway. I shoot them the same way I shoot everyone, bold lighting, get them doing daft things... they all love it, so far.... do get the occasional one who's no fun.

So I'm defnitely like Magda on this one - never really look at others stuff too much, just the occasional toe dipping exercise.
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
25 Jul 2013 4:15PM
It has no effect on me, but I`m not what you could class as a serious photographer.

But I do look at the work of others, check out my awards gallery Smile
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
25 Jul 2013 5:05PM
I trawl through the galleries on a regular basis and enjoy looking at other folks work especially macro imagery, but I try not to let what I see influence my own work, even if sometimes it may look similar.......Think that's why I now shoot a lot of moths, whilst doing this isn't entirely original, it is a bit of a niche.......
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Jul 2013 5:35PM
If you don't read, you can't be a writer. Wink
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
25 Jul 2013 5:49PM
hmmmm - is that actually true? Wink
arhb 12 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 5:54PM
Everyone is influenced and inspired by others at some level or another - accepting that is another question.
Niknut Plus
10 2.5k 82 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 5:59PM
I look through the gallery every day !!........99% for pleasure, 1% for fresh ideas !!

I don't think it influences my own work, but I just admire the work of those that eludes me !!......such as most of the 'Bird-togs' out
there.....I have neither the equipment or patience to do this stuff !!.Smile

There are those that can be 'on-site' at silly-o'clock in a morning to get a sunrise or dawn shot !!.....impossible for me !

There are those that can create !!....a number of ladies on this site turn out some mind-bogglingly beautiful craftsmanship !! ?, my
brain doesn't work like that !!

There's a few that turn out stuff that cannot be done without a tripod !!...long exposures for movement or star-trails !!...tripods ?.. I hate 'em !

So there we have it !!......I get immense pleasure looking at all the stuff I cannot do !!....& look on in awe at their results !!!!!

Long may it continue......I love it !!!'s the best site-gallery on the planet, I reckon !!!!!!!!!!
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
25 Jul 2013 6:23PM
If you ignore the work of others, Ade, why wouldn't they do the same to you. We talk with disdain about EPZ click cliques and then attend Business Palm Greasing Breakfasts ( or what ever they call them.....networking?)

The world runs on cliques on one hand but reading (viewing) the work of others educates and informs, makes you consider and apply thought to your own work......if you're a strong enough artist, it won't make you copy or be unduly influenced.

Your Blonde Belgian does show her work on the Internet, so I assume she wants people to view it......why would you?

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