Well, maybe that is a harsh title, but hear me out.

We have all been in a place where we ask why our photos aren’t what we want them to be.   Whether that is because of a certain style, or a look we are trying to achieve that we can’t, or we just aren’t feeling like what we are creating is good enough.  If you have ever felt any of those things, please know that you are not alone.

We all feel them, yes, even me.

You can try to make your images better by learning every aspect of Photoshop, but the thing is, your photos are not going to get better by learning all the technical stuff.  Sure, that technical knowledge can carry you pretty far, but technical knowledge will not be able to make you feel better your images.

In order to feel better about your style and your photos, you have to feel better about yourself in a way.  Your photographs are an extension of who you are as an artist-photographer.  Today, Jim Welninski and I have come together to answer the simple question, “Why do my photos suck?”

We are going to give you some solid advice on how to make your images better, but we aren’t going to touch an adjustment layer to do it!

Blake’s Practical Advice:

  1.  Create an experience for the viewer and ensure you are invested in the experience.   In order for your viewer to connect with your images you have to make them feel like you did when you were there, you have to create an experience and therefore be emotionally invested in that experience.
  2. Don’t be afraid to leave a trace of yourself in your work. This concept is often referred to as your style.  In all of my work, no matter what I am creating, I am consciously aware that I am leaving a piece of myself in my work.

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Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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