How can I improve in optical performance and composition?

I am fairly new to the field of photography – I have never had training for it, but I love being able to capture a beautiful moment with a camera.

I would like to be able to sell my work, but my images have been refused due to poor optical performance and poor composition.

I would like to know how to improve in these areas – either by fixing my photos with some software or by taking better shots the next time.

Thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions!

Photo credits: Les Cunliffe.

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September 23, 2008


Photography is like anything, the more you do it the better you will get. Practice practice practice. Perhaps you can use your "poor optical performance" to your advantage, i.e. by being more creative. Think
'blur' perhaps.
There are plenty of books at the library that can help.
Too many people blame their equipment for bad photos but some of the worst photos are taken with the best camera gear. I've seen some amazing pics taken with pinhole cameras.
I think if you start being more creative you will find a wealth of material in front of you that can be shot in YOUR own special way.
Hope I don't sound too blunt but I have been there.
All the best. Les Cunliffe (STILLFX)

September 22, 2008


I might need to buy a different camera - I currently use a Sony CyberShot DSC-W70 that takes pictures at up to 7.2 megapixels. It has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens.

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