Are your landscapes getting better?

18 December 2015

SIG: Landscape

It's only human nature that many photographers like to have independent verification that their images are good - whatever that means.  So many of us work towards distinctions, enter competitions, try to sell our prints etc as means of getting feedback on our work.  With this in mind, I was today intrigued to read this article by Simon Patterson on the PetaPixel website.

Simon suggests measuring one's own progress by means of logging the numbers of "keepers" - i.e. images that you yourself rate as good - as a percentage of your total shots.  By logging this over a number of years you can, in theory, chart your process. 

Having worked in quality assurance in the past, I inevitably had to try this approach out on my own images.... with the following disappointing results!


The chart shows the number of images that I have rated as 4 or 5 stars (the "keeps") in Lightroom, as a percentage of the all images in each year.  Depressing reading perhaps!  

Still, I console myself with the thought that as my photography progresses, I continuously raise the bar by which I judge my own images.  As my own standards improve, so does the quality of image needed in order to be awarded 4 or 5 stars.  Honest!

You can read the full article here.

Mark Reeves, Web editor, Landscape SIG