NEW PHOTOGRAPHY IDEAS FOR 2022:

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KNOW YOUR CAMERA:

Your camera has lots of features that most photographers—including yourself—never use. You might not even know they exist or what they’re for. Aperture, shutter speed, and focus are fundamental and very important, but there are many more features that can help you be a better photographer and spend less time retouching and fixing your average photos. There are functions like multiple exposure, time-lapse, mirror lock-up, and metering, just to name a few. Take your time to learn about them and get creative. Creativity will change your photography. Do you know where your camera’s manual is? Time to take it out, go through it, experiment with each function, and learn what you can create. You’ll be amazed.

THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR CAMERA IS TO GET OUR NEW BASIC COURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY! THIS WEBSITE WILL HAVE AN ALL NEW COURSE TO LEARN ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, AND IT COMES OUT JANUARY 20TH. WE WILL COVER IDEAS LIKE: “UNDERSTANDING LIGHT”, “HOW TO BUY A CAMERA”, THINK ABOUT “WHAT KIND OF PHOTOS YOU WANT TO TAKE“! COME BACK TO THIS WEBSITE ON JANUARY 20TH TO GET YOUR NEW PHOTO COURSE!

JOIN A PHOTO CLUB, AND MINGLE WITH OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS:

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Photography is lots of fun when you can share the experience with others. Look for local photographers or a local photo club and plan outings. Going out with several photographers allows you to experiment with other cameras and lenses, learn new techniques, and practice. It’s fun and a great way to learn.

LEARN NEW PHOTO TECHNIQUES

This website, this year, is going to have a lot of different ideas of how to take different types of photos. Different ways to take photos. And also learn about things you can do with your camera you may not realize you can do. Should be an exciting new year of learning here at 123photogo.

Try something here now by going to this search engine and just type in a subject you want to learn about. With over 1,000 different blogs on this website, I may already have something new to try out. Try it here now:

TRY SHOOTING SOME NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY:

Shooting at night is probably the best way to learn photography. Automatic does not work. You have to learn how to balance ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. You are forced to use a tripod, and by doing so, you learn how to use it properly and reinforce proper shooting techniques. Also learn how to focus on the light. In the end, you will be rewarded with amazing images.

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – 123PhotoGo

FIND A WAY TO SHOW OFF YOUR WORK MORE:

There is no better feeling than someone commenting on your image and liking it. There are many ways in which you can show off your work. Post it online. For example, on SmugMug you can have your own mini-website. Enlarge and print a couple of your images and hang them at home or at the office. Build a photo page of your work on Facebook. Instagram was originally set up for photographers to display their photos online. Plush, you can learn a lot from photographers there as wellThere are many options, and at the end you will feel proud of your photography and motivated to do better.

123PhotoGo has it’s own “photo group” in which you can share your photos. I find that the serious photographers are trying to post new photos almost every day. It makes you think that you need to take more photos, and as you do so, you become a better photographer. Details below:

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXCITING YEAR FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AS WE CONTINUE TO MODIFY THIS WEBSITE SO WE CAN HELP YOU AND OTHERS BECOME BETTER PHOTOGRAPHERS. KEEP COMING BACK! IT WILL BE EXCITING!

HOW TO ENJOY YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY HOBBY

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One thing that is true with photography: hundreds or thousands of images stored on your hard drive. Do you really need them all?

TODAY’S INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT :

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT FOR THE DAY! A SEGMENT FROM KEN LEE’S: ART OF SEEING

One thing I found out to do with my collection of photos, is take them, that I can, and try a new approach through “lightroom” and see if I can create a whole new picture from them. See the old barn above, in the winter, lots of snow, and a perfect candidate to add fog to the picture. I have had great response from others in the “FACEBOOK GROUP”.

By the way, if you would like to share your photos, then follow the steps above. We welcome all good photographers!

THE IMAGE ISN’T EVERYTHING:

Particularly when shooting landscapes, the whole process of creating an image should be part of the enjoyment and can be extremely calming and therapeutic.

It is really important to enjoy the moment.

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If you are on site early in the morning and you are the only person there, practice the art of looking and absorbing as you plan your image. If you were not a photographer, you would be in bed and would miss this wonderful experience.

Being out and about should be an essential part of enjoying the hobby.

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Likewise, enjoy the wonder of sunsets. Yes, you should get some good images, but that is only one part of what it takes to enjoy an environment that you can revisit time and again through your images.

The first person to impress with your image is you. If other people enjoy it, that’s a bonus

We should be making photographs for ourselves, for the enjoyment of experiencing nature and exploring the landscape—not to please someone else.

Keep tabs on your special images

As soon as you download your images onto your computer, run through them on a big screen. If any of them triggers a response from you, move it to a special folder. You will never see your images with such a fresh view again. If you mentally mark the good ones and try and find them later, you stand a good chance of forgetting many of them. (I speak from experience.) Chances are, unless you are very well organized, you will never look at any of the other images again.

You will, however, look at the ones you have selected.

One of my favorite night photos. Taken with my Samsung Note Ultra20 and amazed at the result.

Enhancing your images

Yes, it is worth it. How much you do is a personal matter, but my view is that less is often more. Color is like sound: it can be too loud. However, fundamentally, post-production is a crucial step to enjoying your hobby and it can be very rewarding.

Before post-processing
After post-processing

It is all about having fun and enjoying what you are doing.

One could write a book on this, but I hope that what is here has given you some ideas.

FIND A PLACE TO SHARE YOUR PHOTOS:

If you haven’t done this yet, try Facebook, or Instagram for a place to share your photos. You would be surprised at the positive feedback you will get. I find that people like Facebook, and Instagram even more, because they are waiting for your photos.

You can also join a group. 123PhotoGo has it’s own Facebook group, that photographers share their photos. It’s a good thing, and a way to learn from others.

Here is the details to connect to the 123Photogo group for sharing photos:

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HOW TO STAY INSPIRED IN PHOTOGRAPHY:

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Can photography ever get boring? Do you just run out of ideas to photograph? There comes a point that some photographers just get tired of doing photography. I can’t imagine it yet, and I hope I don’t. But, I am involved with this blog for now, and it’s exciting to see the new developments in photography as well as the different ideas I see that keep my interests high.

If you are a professional photographer, somehow, I think you might be more susceptible to getting bored than the casual “advanced amateur” photographer. The professional takes pictures of the same thing, day in, day out. Working with people, if you are good at it, is not boring, so that may be the lifesaver for some portrait photographers. Do you think that just taking the same type of photos all the time would really slow you down? Let’s take a look at a list of things that might help you to stay involved in the photography world:

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  • TIME OF DAY: Don’t always take pictures during the day. Try some creative things with different lighting, night photography, sunsets, etc. This will stretch your creativity.
  • PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITIONS: Ever tried entering a photo contest? It is interesting to see who wins these, even if you don’t. And it’s good practice to try to create an award winning photo.
  • VISIT ZOOS: I think taking some time at the zoo is great practice. When I go, I always try to figure a way out to photograph the animals without it looking like they are in a cage. Try that.
  • SUBSCRIBE TO PHOTO MAGAZINES: Interesting how this medium has dwindled, but, the magazines that are still in print are amazing magazines. The magazine will keep you up to date with new equipment, and show different styles by different photographers, etc.
  • TRY DIFFERENT LENSES:

This is truly an amazing time to be in photography, because never has the competition between lens manufactures been so intense. There are new lenses coming out and available for every brand in different varieties. Now is the time to check out the availability of lenses.

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  • JOIN A PHOTO CLUB: This is one of my favorite things to promote. Find a photography club and join, and submit photos for competition. It’s amazing what will happen to your skill level.
  • READ BLOGS: Oh, like this one!!! Here you can find different articles about photography, and see what is happening in the photo world.
  • FINALLY: BUY A NEW CAMERA OR EQUIPMENT: This will get you excited about photography again. Check out some of the blogs on this website that introduces you to new cameras and equipment that just became available. Then try the new features on the new cameras or equipment. Either go to this website, or just search for a subject. This blogsite has over 1500 subjects, and all of them are different: https://123photogo.com/

CONCLUSION:

Generally, all images come with a spark of inspiration. Inspiration differs in each photographer. It is often difficult to stay with the same inspiration throughout your career. By adopting the above-suggested tips, a photographer can positively stay inspired throughout his/her career.

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Photo Contests: Your key to success?

Have you ever looked at results from Photo Contests? Have you ever thought about entering photo contests? If you are an aspiring photographer, this is a good thing to try. Why? Because you have to really concentrate on the “perfect Photo” to win. Can you win if you don’t know the rules of composition, and is that important? Yes, and Yes!

Photo winner of the Life Framer contest, – animal division. Photo by Charles Chojnaki.

My friend and I was asked to judge photographs for a state fair once. That was a real experience. About 100 or so photos were entered, and we had to pick 1st place, 2nd, 3rd, and 2 honorable mentions. My friend and I talked about what to look for before we even saw the photos. And our number one thing we were looking for was good composition. Also, would there be a photo that the rules of composition just would not apply, and pick that photo. I can tell you right off, even if we didn’t know the rules of composition, it wouldn’t matter. The winning photos were those photographers who used the rules of composition correctly, and did it really well.

From the largest photo contest in the world, over 200,000 entries, this contest’s theme was “Monuments”. This photo took 5th place in the whole competition. Photographer had to wait for just the right time to get the moon in the background. Photo by: Donatas Dabravolskas.

Knowing what you need to get a winning photo, here are some key ideas to help you win:

  • Know what the topic is and don’t deviate from it. If the contest is on stray cats, then take photos of stray cats only. Don’t take pictures of your cat in the alley.
  • Know the deadline for entries. If you know the deadline, you have time to figure out how to do the best photo of the main subject
  • Make sure you totally understand the rules of composition. 95% of the time, a well composed photo will be the winner.
  • Read through the rules of the contest. Many times, these sponsors use your photo for advertising, or some other thing to benefit their cause. Are you willing to not be the owner of your photo anymore?
  • If you do custom service, such as Photoshop, lightroom, etc. make sure that will be accepted. Many of these contests want only natural looking photos.
  • Does your photo tell a story. I have found that winning photos tell a story, or bring out emotion to the viewer.
  • Can you accept defeat? The thing to realize you are going up against hundreds, maybe thousands of other contestants. Your chance of winning is 1 in 1000 (if there are 1000 entries).
  • If you don’t win at this contest, try again. There are hundreds of photo contests every year.
  • Some contests may require you to pay a fee to enter. That is done so that they don’t pay for shipping, and they may actually pay a staff to take care of this job.
International Photo winner in Architecture. Photo by Franklin Neto – Jewels of the Republic.

Photo contests are very rewarding. Not only for your ego, but, for your photographic career. Your name will be published worldwide, if it is that type of contest. If you are nervous about going for the big ones, then start with your local county fairs. I was surprised to find so much great quality photos in the local fair this last year (2019 – The year before Covid.

Another way to practice taking award winning photos is to join a Facebook group, that specializes in quality photo entries. I have seen all kinds of Facebook Groups, and have even started one group of my own. If you are interested in sharing your photos, and having other photographers comment on them, then go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/162729727828362

This is simply photographers that are by invitation only, who want a place to practice displaying their photos.

May be an image of nature, sky and tree
Photo by Ron DePayola and this is just one of many great photos displayed in 123PhotoGo Group.

Other contest winning photos:

2nd Place winner from Life Framer in the category: Animals. Photo taken by: Alice Zilberberg
Winner of the IPA award (International Photographers Association). Photo by Takahiro Yoshizaki – In the category: Beauty, Advertising – Non professional division. This photo won an Honorable mention.
Grand Prize Winner of the Nature Conservancy for 2019 – Winner: Tyler Schiffman – United States

YEA! 2020 is over! Time to set some PHOTOGRAPHIC GOALS!

I hope you don’t think that this is some boring topic. I know that some of you don’t set goals, but, in your photography world, isn’t there this one goal you want to achieve:

I WANT TO BECOME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER !
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Even professional photographers are always trying to improve their photography. And if you like photography in any way, then this is something to read.

Let’s take a look at some things that you can do, and even we can do to help you become a better photographer. Let’s look at these questions:

1- I want to learn more about macro photography

2- I want to be a pro at composition.

3- I want to start taking professional looking portraits

4- I want to learn how to run my settings on my camera better.

5- I would like to have personal training from a real professional photographer.

6- I just need someone to keep my motivated to take photos.

7- I need some help just finding things to photograph at any time of day or any day.

8- I want to start making money with my photography.

9- Can I find someone who can critique my photos and let me know if they are good enough to sell.

10- I would like to find some way to teach photography as well, on a blog format or video format.

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With all these ideas I know are going through some people’s heads, I want to see how I can help as a blog (or vlog) producer. And here are some things I want to do different in 2021:

1- Have an open line for questions on how to do certain photographs.

2- If you are set up to maybe learn on a certain day, I can set aside a certain day just for certain subjects (such as: how to take macro photos, how to learn composition better, how to learn my camera settings, etc.)

3- Get some help from outside sources to help us all learn about photography. There are hundreds of photographers who are out there, who are willing to help people with photography.

4- Find special ways to stay motivated in your photography. Want to go take pictures with me? Perhaps we can connect our phones and I will go walking with you.

5- I will try to improve the “Photos of the Week” to show how these photos were taken.

6- I think there are many other ways, we can all learn together, and please submit questions to this link: question.123photogo@gmail.com