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This is for those JPGers out there who say they know they will never get published and their work isn't on par. Mine isn't either. Still I hope and try to learn. I've got no technical expertise, no impressibe background, and really only know how to operate my camera basically. There's so much I need to learn, yet time is always eluding me.And I don't know that I would be much better with time either.
These are photos I took that I am delivering tomorrow to a restuarant near where I work. I was in there a couple of months ago, snapping photos of my meal, as that's what I like to do. I have a wine blog that I try to post at, and I love food, and I enjoy taking photos of both for my own satisfaction only. The owner saw me taking pics of my meal and asked if he could see the images on my camera. I was mortified as I was only doing it for me. He asked if he could have them. I told him I am not a professional and don't know what I'm doing. He told me he didn't care and that my photos were "perfect" to him.
I printed out proofs and did a 5x7 framed and matted image for him and he said he loved it, but wanted them bigger. I enlarged to 8x10, framed and matted them, and he's getting them tomorrow night. He is paying me very well for my amateur images. They are going to be displayed on his restaurant walls. In addition, he's requested I take more photos of more meals and his logo. He wants my work on his website as well.
And so, just because you might not get published, just because you're not an Ivy League photo graduate, even if you don't know how to use your camera to it's full potential, if it gives you joy, keep it up. You never know what may come of it.
Also by Natalie S
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