2019 WEEK 2: Guilty Pleasures – Food & Drink PLUS Commenting

Guilty Pleasures by Eric Minbiole
Guilty Pleasures by Eric Minbiole

Forget New Year’s resolutions this week! What food or drink do you think you could NEVER give up because it brings you so much pleasure? This isn’t meant to be a confessional – we are a photography challenge after all. So put on your photography hat and do your best to create one new image that will make the rest of us want to join you in your guilty pleasure.  ALSO

I chose what I think should be a fairly easy challenge theme this week because what I really want you to focus on is COMMENTING on others’ photos.

Please comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” I believe that when you approach comments from this perspective, you can improve your own photography.

Many of you comment often and I thank you for that. However, I know that others often feel that they don’t “know enough” to comment on someone else’s photo. I understand this feeling because I used to think the same way. I thought that once I knew enough about photography, I could look at a photo and form an opinion about it that would be the same as other photographers in the know. After taking an Image Analysis class recently, I learned that it is impossible for multiple people to all form the same opinion about a photo because everyone has a different set of likes/dislikes as well as different life experiences. The important thing is to _own_ your opinion and be able to explain why you feel that way. “Owning your opinion” means using phrases like “I feel”, “I believe”, “It appears to me”, etc. in your comments.

Likewise, if you have a suggestion to improve a photo, instead of saying, “The photo would be better if…”, use a phrase like “I wonder what the photo would look like if…” or “I believe … might improve the photo.” In other words, form the suggestion as an opinion instead of a statement of fact.

I’m curious how the rest of you approach commenting – both giving as well as receiving. Feel free to join our discussion over on Facebook.

If you’d like more details on food photography, check out some of our previous challenges that might help you with ideas and techniques this week:

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About thedigitaljeanie

I’m a self-taught photographer and way back when I used to love taking photos, but I allowed a business that I started in 2004 to take over my life and my photographic repertoire was reduced to quick product shots and how-to tutorials. When I joined the PhotoChallenge in December 2015, I was looking to rekindle my creativity and bring some joy back into my photography. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back. I believe that photography can change the way we see and interact with the world around us. Some people may think that I hide behind the camera, but I feel that I experience the world in a much more intimate way when I am creating a composition in my viewfinder. In those moments distractions disappear, my mind focuses and I am fully present. It is just me and my camera capturing a moment in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. My background is as varied as the photos that I take. I’ve trained and worked as a software engineer, a massage therapist, an English teacher in Vietnam, a photo restoration artist (which is how I learned Photoshop) and for the past twelve years I have run a small software business with my husband where I have been published in numerous books and magazines, appeared on PBS television, created designs for fabric, quilts and machine embroidery and won awards for some of my quilts. It should come as no surprise that I am intensely curious about life and love to learn new things. I am blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, USA in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Fort Collins with my husband and cat. You can find me online at: Photos: flickr.com/photos/the-digital-jeanie/ Day job: KaleidoscopeCollections.com Facebook: facebook.com/jeaniesa