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I was reading this post by Julie today. She doesn’t write very often, but when she does, more often than not it is a treat and it is thought-provoking. Her post dealt with taking large quantities of pictures. In particular, I latched onto this one particular portion of her post:
…How does that affect what you then shoot afterwards?…
This can be taken a couple of ways, so I’ll explore both of them, briefly. Firstly, I thought of a feedback loop wherein one can modify the way pictures are taken (technique). I would guess that she might have meant that looking back through the latest haul of pictures, one could refine their technique, or approach, to taking pictures. Seeing other possible angles that they hadn’t thought about or perhaps learning better techniques with the camera to reduce or eliminate shake, changes to exposure, etc. Perhaps we might make small adjustments to our camera preferences so as better to capture the scene faithfully the next time. Who knows.
Secondly, how this might impact choice of subject? In looking back through pictures, you might feel that you’ve spent a bit too much time on rocks or perhaps trees, then, having that feedback, you might decide to do a few more flowers, some portraits, or perhaps photograph some architecture, if it suits your fancy.
I was thinking about how this browsing affects my photography. I would say that it affects me more in the former than the latter. I will tend to tweak my camera settings, if necessary, to make better exposures, for example. Also, after looking at the images in chronological order, which is how I arrange them, it might spur me on to revisit a place that I’ve not been to in a long time. This, however, falls into the second case.
Overall, I don’t really think about it. I just really see what else I can see today that I didn’t see yesterday.