Why I love about Flickr (and social networks in general)

Obsession - Plate 2

Obsession - Plate 2

Ok, maybe love is a strong word. Perhaps enjoy, appreciate or really like would be more fitting. I crave feedback. Whether good, bad or ugly (no finger pointing), I like hearing what people think. Flickr is great for building a network of friends and other “like minded” people to share photos with each other and receive feedback. For the most part everyone leaves positive comments only, but if you invite critique, you can often get very helpful ideas to help improve your photos.

Of course not everyone is helpful, sometimes you will get the know-it-all geek that will point out your every fault as they see it, but really they are the minority. I have been very pleased with the interactions I get with fellow photogs.

Other social networks can also be helpful, from Twitter to FriendFeed to forums on various sites. You have to find ones that fit your personality type. Each group of people, especially when it comes to forums, can have their own distinct personality. Some I have tried out for awhile left me feeling on the outside of an inner circle or constantly feeling “not worthy” of participating at the level of those that make up the active core of a group. Not to worry, there are so man choices out there it is easy to move on to the next until you find a suitable home for your interactions.

Obsession - Original

Obsession - Original

Today’s image is a result of some simple yet helpful feedback on flickr. The original image I took had what I was looking for, so I quickly posted the image with almost no processing, happy to share what I had taken that day. Some helpful posters pointed out the framed picture in the background was a distraction, which I had overlooked because I was so excited at the overall scene. After “cloning” that out of the frame and making some color & contrast adjustments, my final portrait was much improved (and uploaded for the photo challenge).

Photo description:
I was able to slip in another quick shoot for the “environment” portrait theme this week. My buddy Lance owns an excellent motorcycle (and all powertoys) shop in American Fork, Utah. I thought it would be a great shot of hiim with some bikes in the background because this really is his passion. The shop is called Obsession Motoworx for a reason.

Lance is another of my patient and willing friends that answer my call to help out with my portrait challenge needs this month.

Strobist info: 2 580EXii’s on stands with Alzo softboxes fired with Pocket Wizards.

Day 27 (week 4 day 6) of the September Portrait Challenge. See the others in my set for this challenge and submitted in the challenge group.