A Photo In The Life Of

A Photo In the Life Of is a weekly photo blog written by Larry Lewis. Topics include photo opportunities, past and present, product reviews and other topics of interest to photographers and photo lovers.

Showoff, The Social Site Post

Anyone familiar with my photography will have noticed that I have increased the imagery that I display exponentially over the last 5 months. 

Most of my photographic journey has been traveled in private. My prints from the days of film are stored away in boxes and any evidence of my years of shooting digitally are hidden away on optical discs and hard drives. The vast majority of these images have only been seen by my eyes, sometimes only a handful of times.

I don't think that I am alone in my treatment of images. I have very talented friends and acquaintances that have very few images on display digitally or in print. There are many reasons for not showing images. These reasons range from lack of confidence in talent and fear of theft to logistical problems like the lack of image management, including file naming, keywording and storing files in an inaccessible manner. 'I remember shooting the image but where is it!' Very few of us truly considered the ramifications of the thousands or tens of thousands of images that we have and will accumulate over the years. Finally there are those that don't have the time or just don't want to post. Hopefully some day these groups change their mind. 

My reason for not displaying images was not due to lack of confidence, I have had years of my commercial photography published, although it does take some bravery to publish something you create and care about. For me it may be more a fear of apathy. It is better to throw a party that people said 'sucked' than to throw a party and no one showed up. 
Before I set up larrylewisphoto.com I had a Blogger site, the original A Photo In the Life Of. It was a very random blog that I treated more as an archive than a portfolio. I had very little personal investment in the site, although I enjoyed posting to it.

The change in my attitude can be traced back to the birth of my grandchildren, Nathan and Maverick in 2013. I began posting their pictures on Facebook. The feedback I received led to posting more images of varying subjects and getting more good feedback. In late 2014 I had some extra time and took on the project that was to be the current site. 

I began to use social media sites as a means to increased awareness and exposure of my photography and my website but I quickly learned that  posting also improves my photography because it promotes 2 key aspects to improving photography, motivation to shoot more often and peer review.

Shoot More - For the love of pictures.

Photo sites inspire. When contributing to image sites and groups I find myself browsing images a lot more than I once did, motivating me to get out and try new ideas and techniques, learning why certain images are more interesting and desirable than others with similar context. Sometimes it's as easy as cropping differently or shooting from another angle and sometimes it's more difficult.

Peer Review - See your photos with fresh eyes.  

I am constantly amazed by the feedback, or lack of feedback I have received from my submissions. People have seen merit in images that I have been skeptical about, and have been apathetic to images that I predicted would hit a home run! One thing is sure, a well exposed and composed, interesting image will always find an audience. I don't think that you should change what you like to do photographically, but I do believe that listening to an audience will improve how you shoot. 

Posting encourages others to post more.

Posting encourages a sense of community. As you get empowered by honest positive or constructive feedback you have the opportunity to do the same for others. A healthy photographic community is positive for the shooter and the audience within and outside the community.

It's fun!

I'm learning that for me photography is 60% shooting, 10% post production and 20% showing my work. I strive to get that post production number lower but it may never happen!  

Currently I post to 500px (Click here to go to my page). 
I have also created a 500px gallery of some of these pictures. I have tried several photography groups on Facebook and have narrowed the number joined to 3. I have an Instagram account but I do not post to it regularly because I haven't been able to fit it into my workflow. I may contribute to more sites if I can continue to do so efficiently. 
Additionally I print enlargements to display through the house and am submitting photos to festivals this summer. 

Displaying my images has introduced a brand new excitement to my photography and the apathy to my images that I once feared is now, when it occurs, a learning tool to continually improve my craft. I look forward to seeing your images soon.  

Currently I post to 500px (Click here to go to my page).  I have also created a 500px gallery of some of these images. I have tried several photography groups on Facebook and have narrowed the number joined to 3. I have an Instagram account but I do not post to it regularly because I haven't been able to fit it into my workflow. I may contribute to more sites if I can continue to do so efficiently. 

Additionally I print enlargements to display through the house and am submitting photos to festivals this summer. 

Displaying my images has introduced a brand new excitement to my photography and the apathy to my images that I once feared is now, when it occurs, a learning tool to continually improve my craft. I look forward to seeing your images soon.  

 

A Photo In The Life Of is a weekly PHOTO blog on LARRYLEWISPHOTO.COM.   It is an evolution of my original blog A Photo in the life of  that began in 2006.  I hope to give a little context to my photography and maybe make a few new photography friends. To purchase a print visit Shop. If the image is not listed Contact Me for availability.