Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Beach

Every trip I take away from home is another victory over my past. I have shared with you my escape from panic attacks. God's healing is complete, but certain obstacles are only overcome through my own walk of faith. Simply, I have to "do" what I would not do before.

This week I took another step forward and spent the day at the beach along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The three of us, my husband, my daughter, and myself, had a glorious time soaking up the sun, sand, and salt water!

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We visited two locations. First, we stopped at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. Ken Thompson Park sits across Sarasota Bay from downtown. It is directly beside Mote Marine Laboratory. The view here is of the bay dotted with moored boats. It sits underneath Australian Pines and has a fairly large section of Mangrove Trees with a nature pathway.

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There is always lots of life in the mangroves. If you look quickly, you will see mangrove crabs scurrying for the shelter of their mud homes.

Mangrove Crab

The shelter of the trees is home for dragonflies, lizards, and all other manner of insect life. A noisy nest of Great Blue Heron chicks shared the treetops with an osprey having her lunchtime feast. We also saw a Greater Egret, poised along the edge.

Mangrove Leaves

We left the park and spent a couple hours on the beach of Longboat Key, Florida. I love Longboat Key for the splendor of its wealthy inhabitants and the long stretches of unpopulated beach sand.

Shoreline, Longboat Key, Florida

We watched seagulls swoop by or stand resting on the sand. We admired the steady pace of Ibis and Ruddy Turnstone as they dug for a meal. We even saw a pair of Black Skimmers fly low over the water's edge.

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The sound of the waves was mesmerizing!


It was a beautiful day and one I hope to repeat many times in the near future! God is truly so good to me!

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You can view the entire collection of these images at my Webshots.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fourth Article Is Up At Steve's Digicams

My fourth article entitled "How Does Your Camera Work?" is now online at Steve's Digicams. I am not allowed to reproduce it here, but you can read it at the link below.


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Protecting Holiness


Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Matthew 7:6)
I have been meditating on this passage of scripture a lot. The more I think about it, the more I begin to see a certain picture form in my heart. It is a serious image, but it is also a very powerful one, and one whose message has set me free.

It all begins with the phrase "that which is holy". When I first read these words, they stopped me in my tracks. I just kept asking myself, "What IS 'that which is holy'?" Through study, I found out "dogs" in the scripture is a commonly used term referring to things that are impure, so evidently I am to protect these holy things. But what ARE they?

Upon doing a word search, I quickly discovered that there are many verses in the Bible speaking about holiness. As I read through my search results, I began to see an answer to my question.

THE WORD

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. (Romans 7:12)
This first verse really pours a foundation for all the others. Foremost of all other verses, God's Word and His commandments are holy. We must regard His instructions about faith and behavior as sacred. Something that is sacred is set apart from others; it is pure. We must not treat God's instructions to us lightly, but consecrate them in our lives. (1 Thess. 5:23)

I am reminded of Jesus words. "If a man love me, he will keep my words..." (John 14:23) We cannot say we love Christ and refuse to obey His words. That which we love, we treat highly. It is special to us. We must not "cast" the holy Word of God aside in favor of impure things.


THE BODY
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:17)
The Bible is very specific about holiness in our flesh. The most obvious application of this is sexual impurity, both inside and outside of marriage. But have you considered that it also includes our words? Words either build or destroy. (Jude 1:20) With our words we justify. With our words we condemn. (Matthew 12:37) Our words must be holy. This means more than avoiding curse words. It also means speaking well of others and being an encouragement. It means walking by faith and not speaking doubt.

EVERY action in our flesh is to be held as sacred. The adage "What would Jesus do?" applies well. Ask yourself if you would do that in front of our Lord. With that thought in mind, I think we'd act differently. The scripture itself says He knows what we need before we even ask. (Matthew 6:8) It also says there is nothing hidden. (1 Cor. 4:5)

I must pause and think here on the gravity, the importance, of maintaining holiness in our flesh. It is so easy to allow the "cares of this world" to enter in and choke the Word of God in our lives. (Mark 4:19) And it usually doesn't happen in some big, catastrophic way, but it is the little things that we allow to creep in. We must daily strive to protect what God has given us.

I have good news though! When we do mess up, God is gracious to forgive and will not even remember our sins. (Hebrews 8:12) This is a marvelous promise!


OUR CHILDREN

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. (1 Corinthians 7:14)
This instruction is so near to my heart. Did you know your children are holy? The Bible says they are! God desires a generation of youth who will stand for what is right, no matter what the television or their friends may say. He desires children willing to set the standard of behavior and not follow along behind it.

What does it mean to "cast" our children to the "dogs"? I think it is that parents become too passive. We seek God for ourselves and somehow fail to teach our children these things we have learned. A holy child, one that is set apart for Christ, know how to search the scriptures, understands the power of prayer, and fashions their behavior after Christ. They see an example in their parents and emulate it. These children will not have "discipline problems" because they are able to make godly decisions. We must not, through our own lapse, cast our children aside to impure ideals.


THE CHURCH

That he [Christ] might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)
We must realize that the church itself is holy. I'm all for the belief that God accepts you just as you are, no matter what you've been through. (John 3:16) This is the truth! However, we must strive for better than that.

We cannot come into the body of Christ happy to remain the same. Whether it is something as small as being faithful to one congregation or something more serious like overcoming personal addictions, to become a holy church, its members must treat themselves as holy and as a result the church as whole as well. This means we respect God enough to not dress like we are at home doing housework. We refuse to gossip. We support the pastor, by giving of our time or finances. We do as the Bible tells us -bless, edify, and pray.


AT THE HEART

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
At the heart of these thoughts, we are told to be holy as Christ is holy, in all manners, in every way. And yet there is more to it than that, we are also to not "Give...that which is holy unto the dogs."

Can you see it now? Don't trust the consecrated things of God - your flesh, your children, your church - to areas of uncleanness. Don't compromise in even the smallest way. God has promised this will backfire every time. Instead, "having done all,...stand". (Ephesians 6:14)

Refuse to settle! Walk in holiness, and more than that, protect holiness in every form God has given it to you.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Coming Up Short

Lately, I've felt like I'm coming up short. There are a lot of articles circulating on the web about goals - how to set them, how to reach them - but it has come to my attention that I, personally, with all my writing to inspire others, have somehow failed to inspire myself.

Don't get me wrong. Writing so much "day in and day out" has changed me in a lot of ways, mostly for the better. I have found through blog postings a creative output that I really like. However, it has also taken away from a great portion of my time in the field photographing. I can remember my first digital camera and how I toted it with me everywhere I went. I have hard drive folders full of really terrible photographs I took back then. They are not really worth saving as I will never do anything with them, but they remind me of the enthusiasm I had then as new worlds opened before me. There is something to say for the ardor of a beginner.

March 26, 2001
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You cannot stay a beginner. I like to think I have improved my craft. I have pictures now that I am really proud of. I feel that over the years I have managed to learn something about photography and at the same time to keep my enjoyment of it. I still love, love, love photographs.

Writing about photography is so much fun. To take all those things I've gathered - through my own experiences (or lack thereof) - and have them categorized and set down is gratifying. It helps me to clarify my thoughts and comprehend my position in the photographic world, but in reverse, it also shows me the areas where I need improvement. So in the interest of self-preservation and growth, I have decided to publicly examine three areas where I feel I am inadequate. After all, sometimes looking at the negatives in your life pushes you more towards the positives.

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I have had four digital cameras since my start in photography. Each time I purchased a new one, it was to have more features than the previous camera. I have graduated more and more toward manual settings. I preach all the time about being able to take your camera out of AUTO and make the right decision for the best photograph. I have reached a point in my photography now where I need the big gun. I have avoided DSLRs to this point because, frankly, they scared me. I wanted the abilities they offered, but not enough to forsake the lightweight convenience of a point-and-shoot. Toting around a heavier camera and constantly having to deal with lens changes seemed like too much of a task for "little ol' me".

June 1, 2001
Pink Hydrangea

Yet now, the more I write about photography, the more it seems is expected of me as a photographer. I have been asked to do photo shoots that I have had to decline because my equipment just can't handle it. If you think that doesn't require swallowing some pride, you'd be wrong. It's very tough to say "no" and then have people look at your work and not understand. The fact is non-photography people assume when you can photograph flowers and insects and do it well, then why can't you photograph people too? I have in some ways sold myself short by not upgrading sooner.

This brings me to point number two, types of photographs, or I should say types of subjects. I have pretty well limited myself into the area of nature photography. I love photographing flora and fauna more than anything else. Yet when I have to move my thoughts back into my writing and the graphic design I do at work as well, sometimes the photo of a dragonfly or a lily flower just doesn't cut it. I then have to use the images of someone else instead of my own.

I see incredible work on the web of subjects I have never attempted to photograph. People photography is my biggest area of deficiency, but also architecture and more modern shots fail me. I can think of one guy in particular who does the most amazing images of road signs. Every time I filter through his pictures I find myself saying, "That is SO cool!"

August 10, 2000
Lovely Lotus

I have decided the best way to improve the types of subjects I photograph is to make myself a list. Whenever I realize, "Hey, I should have pictures of that," it is most important to write it down. This list will therefore become a sort of inventory of my goals because where goals are concerned I am lax. My family would tell you I like everything to be the same all the time. It is comforting to me to have nothing change. On the other hand, I am aware that it also severely limits me. Perhaps this new list will push me to walk more outside of my usual boundaries.

This leads me to my third area of insufficiency - self promotion. I have not really had a problem showing my work or sharing images with others. I Facebook. I Twitter. I blog. I am owner and moderator at a number of Yahoo groups. However, there are a number of things I avoid like the plague. Photo contests is the biggest.

When I began taking photographs, the field of digital photographers was relatively small. In the matter of only ten years, it has grown tremendously. Whereas you could enter a contest and had decent odds for placing or even winning, now the statistics are mostly against you. Knowing this, I never enter anything. It's not that I hate to lose. I am a graceful loser and will congratulate whomever wins. If I am being totally honest, my real reason is that it feels like such a fruitless use of my time.

I equate this deficiency to writing a book and never sending it in for publication. Why would you spend hours, days, and months, formulating paragraphs, plot, and characters and then never show it to anyone, never put it in print? That makes no more sense than not being proud enough of your work to set it up against that of others and have it judged. This goes a bit against my grain, and I am the first to admit it. I like "pats on the back" as well as anyone else, but the truth is I do not like the attention that comes with it. I am content to be a wallflower most of the time, admired once in a while and forgotten the rest. But this does not, I see now, set me towards accomplishing anything. If I don't try, I will then never complete. I will instead remain stagnant, exactly where I am.

April 7, 2002
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I never try to sell anything either. I have sold things, but never through any promotion of my own. "The love of money is the root of all evil," so the scripture says. (1 Timothy 6:10) Well, I like buying new things; a few dollars in hand are great. However, my friends and family would tell you I definitely don't "love" money. I am as happy giving a photo away as I am selling it. At what point, however, does my ability to offer things for free begin to hurt me as a photographer? I'm not sure just yet I know the answer, nor do I think I'll ever be someone who feels their photographs are worth hundreds of dollars. That smacks of snobbery, which I can't stand. Yet I should be able to earn something for all my efforts. After all, people do not generally speaking employ themselves at a job and then decline their paycheck. "Oh no, Boss, you keep it."

I am all about honesty, and writing this particular blog is as honest as I can get, about my photography and my ability as a photographer, and a bit about myself. I now have a goal, one which I have made for myself, and that is set for myself more goals. More than that, it is to accomplish these goals. I know in the end I will become better at my chosen craft, and you, the reader, in the end will benefit more as I write about it.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Daily Construction

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
The word "edify" in the original Greek means "to be a house builder...construct". * I like Thayer's Greek Definition of this word, "to build (up from the foundation)...to restore by building, rebuild, repair." There are several thoughts worth noting from both definitions, but let's read a couple more scriptures.
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (Romans 14:19)

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
Comfort and edify. Peace and edify. In these three scriptures we begin to see a certain picture. We are very plainly told that all things we do or say will not bring edification to others. The verse in 1 Corinthians sets an opposite image to the other two.

Freedom of speech is guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Every American grows up feeling they have the right to say anything they desire without any consequences. Yet the fact of the matter is, we don't really have that right. God's instructions are to edify, to construct, restore, rebuild, and repair, each other.

Think of the story Jesus told about the house and the storm (Luke 6:47-49) and ask yourself, "What caused the flood that beat upon the house?" We have spent a lot of sermons talking about overcoming the storm without speaking to its source. What brought on the wind and the waves?

I believe it was (amongst other things) the unkind words of people. The fact is our words can be very destructive. We go around tearing people down instead of building them up. King David in the Psalms says, "They compassed me about like bees...[they] thrust sore at me that I might fall." (Ps. 118:12-13) I can identify with this analogy from both sides of the issue. I have been on the inside where I felt stung and on the outside where I was doing the stinging. Thank God for His great forgiveness!

But notice as well that the definition of "edify" includes the idea of "rebuilding". When another person has already been destroyed, whether it was through our words or those of another, it is our job to restore them. First Thessalonians plainly states "comfort yourselves together".

Yes, one house stood despite the strength of the storm that came against it. However, the other house fell "immediately" and suffered great ruin. It is no wonder then that the tongue is described as a "fire".
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (James 3:5-6)
I don't think you can get any stronger than that. Set your heart today to edify others. Build people up and rebuild others who have fallen. I have found that sometimes the best way to do this is to avoid speaking. Don't be so eager to put in "your two cents". That old adage your mother spoke to you is still true you know, "If you can say anything nice, then don't say anything at all."


* G3618, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., 1890.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Solid Rock

I made the comment to a friend recently that I felt as if I had faltered, walking backward, instead of forward. I think everyone has been there at some point, and I am so grateful to God's grace for putting me back in motion going in the right direction.

The words to this song ring out in my heart today especially the phrase, "When all around my soul gives way / He then is my hope and stay..." Amen.


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Words: Ed­ward Mote, cir­ca 1834; first ap­peared in Mote’s Hymns of Praise, 1836.


I do not want the cha­pel, I on­ly want the pul­pit; and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that. ~ Edward Mote

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Mothers In My Life

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF THESE...

My grandfather Combee, his sister, and their mother
Cecil, Hula, and Missouri Combee (adopted mother)

My grandfather Combee's birth mother
Zoe Rachel McColpin

My grandmother Combee holding my dad's sister
Thelma Combee holding Shirley Ann 1941

My grandfather Hudson (the baby), his mom and dad and his brothers and sisters
Hudson Family

My great-grandmother Hammond and my grandmother
Lettye & Juanita Hammond

My great-grandmother Hammond, my grandmother, and her sister

Lettye, Juanita, Wynell Hammond

My great-great grandmother, my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my Mom

Callie, Lettye, Juanita, Becky

My grandmother Hudson holding my Mom
Juanita and Becky

My mother, my brother, and Me
My brother, myself, and my Mom

My grandmother Hudson and Me
Juanita and Suzanne

Myself and my daughter, Ashley
Suzanne and Ashley

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Times That Try Men's Souls


THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. (The Crisis, Thomas Paine, 1776)
These words, penned by Thomas Paine during the depths of the American Revolutionary War, became the battle cry for that handful of Patriots determined never, no matter what the cost, to give in. General George Washington, who every American child has been taught to revere, had them read to his troops for inspiration as they stood, sick, poor, ill-clad, and bare-footed in the cold that December night along the Delaware River. They stirred the minds and hearts of those soldiers in that hour, sold some 100,000 copies across the British colonies, and then lived on to inspire thousands of people for hundreds of years.

How often have we quoted the words of documents, speeches, or even dramas and books, and yet not stopped to think about that moment in time when those words reached the page? I sit here typing on my laptop wondering who will read this very missive. Did Thomas Paine in that moment think the same thought? We have taken him and risen him up to the ranks of those dubbed our "Founding Fathers", yet in his mind things I'm sure were not so settled.

What were they, these Patriots, but ordinary fathers, sons, farmers, shopkeepers? Thomas Paine himself was a corset-maker. Imagine that! A corset-maker! He was also a tax collector for a time in England. His first wife passed away giving birth, along with their child, his second wife and he divorced. He himself all but died in the trip over the ocean when the water on board the ship was discovered to be bad and everyone came down with typhus. Benjamin Franklin's own doctor nursed him back to health over a period of six weeks. What do we really know of his life, his beliefs, or his thoughts? Yet, still those words he penned in that hour live on.

How long did he sit and ponder over exactly how he wanted his pamphlet to read? I told my mother the other day, I cannot write until God gives me the words. Often, I start out with an idea, which rambles around in my head for days unclear, until I finally begin to type it. Sometimes the examples come to me only as they are set down on the page. One thing I have learned is that writing cannot be done if the inspiration is not there. If you are a writer, you will understand that statement. Some things cannot be forced. When was that moment then when Paine heard those first sentences and just knew it was what he needed to say?

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In reading the book "To Try Men's Souls" by Newt Gingrich and William R. Fortschen (which I have not completed yet) chapter four tackled this very scenario. I wish everyone could read just that one portion of that chapter, if nothing else, and take the time to think about it. Their version could be the truth, or some other circumstance could have happened. As a writer, I saw it though, the struggle for words and then that moment when the revelation struck. There's no greater moment than that for a writer.

Who knows what words we write or thoughts we speak which will live on in the ages to come. Who knows if these few moments it took me to set down this thought, on a normal, sunny day in late April in Florida, will like Thomas Paine's do something far greater and more extraordinary. That is a marvelous thought, and it is what keeps me writing!

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Giving A Photo Critique

*This was originally posted at the Pix-N-Pens website, April 29, 2010.

Whatever happened to that old saying your mother taught you - "If you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all"? This subject came to me after a conversation with someone who had been extremely affected by a bad photo critique, which brings me immediately to my first point - There is such a thing as a BAD critique. After all, critiques are the opinions of other people, and opinions are subject to all the foibles of the other person's personality, their experiences, both good and bad, and anything else that has affected their life. It is therefore unfortunate when someone allows their judgment to be clouded by the situations in their own past.

Giving a good critique requires an open mind, a good attitude, and careful thought. This doesn't mean that a good critique need be all "sugary sweet", that would simply pad someone's inaccuracies. But it does have to, at its conclusion, build the other person up, not tear them down. The ultimate purpose of any critique is always to help.

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Ladies' Tresses Orchid

GIVE ONLY WHAT IS ASKED


The most important rule of offering a critique is to give it only if it has been asked for. Avoid offering your opinion when you were not specifically addressed. If you can see that photo has several comments already, then your opinion is probably not needed. The one exception to this rule being the nature of the other comments. If you feel they were too harsh, then by all means, say something positive.

I rarely ever request a critique, and I always keep this thought in mind when viewing someone else's work. When I present one of my photos, generally speaking, I am pleased with it. For instance, if the photo was just for documentary reasons, then I usually tell you so. I am my own harshest critic. I know if I personally feel this way, then probably other photographer's do as well. Therefore, I only offer to others what I myself would want to hear.

BE KIND

This brings me to my next point. Any photo critique you give should be kind. Be careful to watch for any attitude you might be expressing. After all, most photo critiques are given in writing and writing can be greatly misinterpreted. Don't type in all caps. Avoid using bold type, italics, or too many exclamation points. These come across as mean-spirited, and once your words have been misread it is very hard to explain them away.

Always give your critique in a positive light. It is important for the reader to take from your thoughts something uplifting. Limit the amount of negativity you offer and end on a high note. Leave the photographer with something they did right. Your words should be a suggestion of how they might improve, not a baseball bat to whack them in the head with. Always remember that that person doesn't know you, or anything about you. Critiques should never be personal.

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STICK TO THE RULES OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Here's one of the biggest points of this article. Keep your thoughts to the definite rules of photography: aperture, ISO, shutter speed, composition, etc. Express how these rules could have been altered to achieve a different result. Did they need a faster shutter speed? Then give a general opinion on what would have given them a faster shutter speed. Be sure to offer a "how to" in your critique and not just state that it was "bad". They cannot implement your suggestions if they don't know how to do what you are describing. On the other hand, don't automatically assume they don't know how either. You never want your words to come across as high-handed.

Avoid nitpicking on trivial matters. Don't ramble on about what lens that person should have used, or what camera you have that is better. A critique is not a bragging session. Work, instead, with what the photographer has in their arsenal and how they can use it more effectively. This is especially true if you don't have enough knowledge about their equipment in the first place. If this is the case, then keep your opinion to yourself. At this point in my camera-life, you will not find me in a debate about lens quality, as I am not up-to-speed on those topics. Rather, I leave them to those with more knowledge than myself.

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KEEP YOUR SHOULDERS PADDED

Lastly, if you are on the receiving end of a critique, be able to know there are good critiques and determine in yourself to move past the bad ones. Some people live off of being critical, and despite their word origins, "critique" and "critical" do not hold the same meanings.

If you are on the giving end, remember that a critique is not an occasion for you to air your grievances. Its purpose is to help the other photographer improve, to answer any questions they might have. Keep in mind also that there will always be people who do not receive what you have to say. Don't let this affect you, but take it with grace. There are times when the best therapy is just to let things go.

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*These photos are of this year's crop of Ladies' Tresses Orchids, which is spoke about in my blog last week.

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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