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I've been shooting landscapes for 3/4 years and can see steady improvements in that time (even in the last 12 months). I have amassed a good number of acceptable images at this point. I don't sell images, workshops, etc and have no real intention of trying as it is my hobby. I post some of my work on a FB forum and get the usual "lovely, nice capture", etc comments - its becoming very tiring...... I don't bother with 500px anymore other than to look in now and again.

I'm happy out in the field shooting and will continue shooting and learning and hopefully improving - part of the reason I've joined here.

My problem is this..... At this point I don't know what else to do with all these images - do I just leave them on the hard drive happy with the memories of taking them, print a few for the walls of my house, etc. What do you guys do????

Graham Kelly

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6 Comments

  1. Join an Art Center. Display your work their. Learn from other artists at the center like painters, other photographers etc. Enter art shows at your Art Center and other venues.

  2. Bob in Oregon on

    A different idea – buy a recent smart TV – make sure it is high definition – and make sure it has a USB port on the back. (I think they pretty much all do these days.) Load all the pictures you are proud of onto a thumb drive and plug it into the back of the TV and let it run. You will have a constant slide show whenever it is turned on, in the size you can afford.

  3. Roger Trentham on

    A couple of suggestions on what to do with your photography if you don’t sell or submit images for publication:
    Present programs for civic organizations, clubs, nursing homes, etc. These organizations are always looking for interesting programs and photographers have readily available content that only has to be organized and presented.

    A second possibility is to become a youth mentor for aspiring photographers. You may contact the local high school or youth organization to offer to teach photography to youth that may not have the means to learn on their own.

  4. Dagna Gaythorpe on

    A couple of ideas. You could print some cards with your images on, so you can use them for birthdays and general keeping in touch with friends, and the basic card stationary is easy to get from stationers, and should come with the matching envelopes.

    Another idea is to create a journal – on each page, put a print with a note (as long as you like) about where it was taken, and when, and what you remember about the day/trip/event. It can be done gradually, as you feel like it, and then you won’t always have to sit in front of a screen to see your favourite images. And you can show the book to anyone who is interested.

  5. Paul Graber on

    Have you seriously considered joining a camera club – a misnomer as they’re actually about photographs not cameras? It’s a good way to get a feel for how the standard of your work compares with others. Some of those great pictures you’ve taken can be entered into their competitions. Worth a thought?

  6. Mike Brown on

    I have had a brief foray in to the world of stock photography, and decided it wasn’t for me. Making money with images is hard work, and now I am retired and disabled I really don’t want and cannot do hard work. However, with all my images sitting on my hard drives and of course adding more I have discovered a number of things about why I take and keep them. like you they give me fond memories of a moment in time I do not wish to forget. if only I see them, so what, its my memory. I am happy to share if anyone wants a laugh. But also like you I am hoping to see signs of improvement, and I believe I am. Come the day when you don’t see such signs, you are either very conceited to believe you are perfect or you are not bothering to improve your craft.

    But I also have them for other reasons. Firstly there will come a time, maybe not too long off, when i cannot go and see those moments so will have even more memories to play with. That is another reason I have them. I play with them. I have PS , Macphun and a whole host of other software to mess around with images. So during the wet and miserable days, like during the cricket season, I have something to exercise my brain with. While doing that I can also encourage others by showing them what I have done. My eldest daughter became a professional photographer in many ways because of me and what I taught her. She is now streets ahead of where I am but the fact that my images (yes including landscapes) inspired her to do it is a huge sense of pride to me. The other day I had a similar experience with her daughter. we were choosing images for a school project and I was taken aback by her ability to select photogenically amazing images. Again in part because what I have shown her and her mother.

    FInally tough, and perhaps most importantly, taking and thus saving images gives me pleasure. And thus what other excuse do I need? I don’t harm anyone, I do give some people a smile, and occasionally I give them a good feeling. What other reasons do you need?

    Mike

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