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AskJoeB: Am I doing something wrong?

Am I doing something wrong?

Am I doing something wrong?

Andrew sent me this photo with the following question. I always like to share exactly what the photographer had to say since so many of you have either asked themselves the same question or have had similar situations. Here’s what Andrew had to say:

” Dear Mr  Baraban,

Sometimes I shoot the sky from my window. On the attached pictures you can the the original image with houses. Of course the houses are out of interest? so I decided to darken them. I wanted the photo looked like counter light with a “normal” sky.
When I show my photos to my friends? they say “You have a great sky but I see nothing”.  Maybe they do not understand the art 🙂  or am I doing something wrong?  Can you advise me on anything?

Thanks in advance


Andrew, take a look at this post on “giving meaning to photos”: http://joebaraban.com/blog/giving-meaning-to-photographs/. I always share it with my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet. It will help explain why your friends said what the said. Be sure to read the part where it says that a beautiful sunset to you is just another sunset to someone else.

Take a look at my video: http://www.screencast.com/t/ULgYTsd9yIW4

Thanks for sharing, I hope I’ve helped.

Visit my website at:www.joebaraban.com, and check out my workshop schedule at the top of this blog. My next “Springtime” workshop will be in Portugal next May, and I have one spot open for my photo tour in conjunction with Epic Photo Tours to Myanmar. both these workshops offers great history and wonderful photo opportunities. come shoot with me.

Keep those photos and questions coming to: AskJoeB@gmail.com, and receive a video critique.


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