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05/13/2004 09:55:10 PM · #1
It's hard seeing older, more experience people's pictures all the time.

If your a teen photographer all you have to do is say your a "teen" in this post.

What I wan't to do is to see other teens pics, and as they get better and better in there pictures. For me, I can't compare my pictures with someome older and wiser, but i'll see if i'm really improving if I see other less experianced people work. I think it will help others more then myself. Peace.
05/13/2004 09:59:22 PM · #2
14 - TEEN
05/13/2004 10:02:11 PM · #3
Well, I guess I'm still a teen...18. ^_^
05/13/2004 10:05:23 PM · #4
18 - teen. I've been here since I was 16. Wow - 2 years, that long! Man I feel old.
05/13/2004 10:15:07 PM · #5
It would be a shame for you not to try your hand at a challenge. Don't be intimidated by the fact that you are younger than a lot of members. Some of those folks may have just started photography also. I'm going to be 37 in August and I started when I was around your age and I'm still pleased with some of the photos I took back then. Those were on an 1960's Yashika Twin Lens reflex (medium format camera) my dad bought when he was stationed in the Japan. He was only in his late teens. It's not your age but how you see things. You don't need fancy tricks, gadgets, and know-how to make a great picture.
When I first bought my digital camera (an 'ancient' Nikon Coolpix 700 purchased in 1999), my youngest daughter warmed up to the ease and immediacy and she took some great shots. She was only 9 at the time.
Photo of my future husband taken with the medium format camera at age 15. Keep in mind, this was a fully manual camera. I had to determine exposure settings myself. :D
Taken about a year later with 35 mm aperature priority Minolta I saved up for
I'm not saying these are fantastic photos but in my (biased, I realize) opinion they show promise and had I had a forum like this I think I would have improved considerably in no time. The great thing about digital photography is the ease in editing. If you don't like a shot, you delete and try again. You haven't wasted anything, except some battery power.

Here's a shot my youngest did this past fall at the age of 13 1/2.

I have better examples but unfortunately, not online. The point is, don't sell yourself short because of your age. You have the benefit of being able to bring a fresh outlook to a challenge.

Message edited by author 2004-05-13 22:17:13.
05/13/2004 10:28:28 PM · #6
Yeah, melismatica is right. And I'm sure alot of the older photographers here would agree, its not the age, its simply the willingness and desire to learn, coupled with practice and patience. If you take a look at some of the profiles of alot of the members, many times the early shots scored 3,'s and 4's, (my profile no execption). Its simply a matter of time, so don;t get discouraged by excellent shots, we've all had ones that weren't so hot.
05/13/2004 10:28:34 PM · #7
Talent, photographically speaking, does not discriminate with regard to age, unless it might be that advanced years make your eyes feeble!
05/13/2004 10:33:54 PM · #8
Aaron, my two younger kids (the one who took the skateboard shot and the skateboarder in the shot) are both homeschooled. Their older sister started her sophmore year (age-wise she should be a junior but she was behind in math) at a funky private school this year. Out of the three kids, the youngest has spent the least amount of time in traditional school amounting to one full year (second grade) and then a couple of months.

My sixteen year old took this shot last spring (when she was fifteen) of the younest. I like the way my daughter's makeup and black hair mirrors the kabuki silk behind her.
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Here's another one she took last spring.

This is one the youngest took last year at age 13
05/13/2004 10:40:16 PM · #9
Originally posted by ElGordo:

Talent, photographically speaking, does not discriminate with regard to age, unless it might be that advanced years make your eyes feeble!

Actually, I'm remined of my daughter's best friend who just placed in one of the top three slots in a national teen photography contest. He has actually been approached by mentors seeking to work with him. Since we got to know him at the beginning of the school year he has been working on an in-depth series of photographs based on male stereotypes. His dedication and work ethic (and willingness to involve friends and family :D) is amazing and humbling. He works in black and white with an old Pentax 35 mm. I wish I had some examples of his work to show. Instead I'll show a photo of him with my oldest taken by my youngest. It's just a candid snapshot but I love it because it really shows the two kids' affectionate natures.
05/13/2004 10:43:58 PM · #10
Originally posted by hsteg:

14 - TEEN


I just took a quick look at your portfolio. I really liked the clever shot you did for Sillouhettes. :D
05/13/2004 10:49:40 PM · #11
Sorry to intrude as I've been a teen for nearly 30 years... but,

When I was a teen:
I was more willing to experiment.
I had more friends around willing to help me make the pictures I dreamed about making. (Even if they didn't turn out quite as dreamed.)
I was able to hang upside down from the monkey bars just to see what kind of picture I could take.
I had more free time during daylight hours to take pictures.
I didn't know "the rules", didn't care that there were rules, and when I found out about rules I did my best to break them.
...and everything was endlessly new to me.

Best time of my life! (Photographically speaking.)

Oh yeah, and you know, in order to afford the hobby my friends and I developed our own B & W pics and used a bulk loader to fill our film cartridges, color darkrooms were rare/expensive/complicated, and automated features on SLR's were just beginning to appear. (That's for the other old folks lurking on this thread.)
05/13/2004 10:52:34 PM · #12
Some great shots, regardless of age.
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05/13/2004 10:52:42 PM · #13
Melismatica, the second shot there of your daughter's is an intrigueing one. It isn't the type that normally appeals to me, but it does have a quality they makes one pause and look at it. Was that first one planned or coincidental?

I've been homeschooled for about 10 years now, I went to a private school until the second grade. (I know how it is with math, its easy to slip behind in, especially when there is little help avaible to aid in understanding it.)

(Sorry about hijacking your thread here, sparky.)
05/13/2004 10:57:26 PM · #14
When I was a senior in high school, my journalism teacher, without my knowing it, entered a b&w photo I did for the paper in the Rhode Island Scholastic Journalism competition sponsored by the Providence Journal. I won third place. It was a candid taken of a popular dee jay for an interview my friend wrote. I remember how nervous I was on my first 'assignment'. :D

05/13/2004 11:07:23 PM · #15
Sparky,

I haven't been a teen in about 17 years, but I am new at this whole photography thing. While some people may be older than you, some of us are still learning. I hope you stick around because the experienced people on this site are VERY helpful and it is a great place to learn.

I will keep you as one of my favorite photographers so I can watch your improvement. :)
05/13/2004 11:07:50 PM · #16
Damn, 2 years removed = P
I was a teen when I started here
05/13/2004 11:15:21 PM · #17
Originally posted by Aaron:

Melismatica, the second shot there of your daughter's is an intrigueing one. It isn't the type that normally appeals to me, but it does have a quality they makes one pause and look at it. Was that first one planned or coincidental?

I've been homeschooled for about 10 years now, I went to a private school until the second grade. (I know how it is with math, its easy to slip behind in, especially when there is little help avaible to aid in understanding it.)

(Sorry about hijacking your thread here, sparky.)


If you are referring to the shot with the grafitti which reads either 'nerd' or 'merd' (spelled wrong), the two were out taking pictures on and around Thayer St. (a trendy street on the East Side of Providence, where Brown is located) and they came across the grafitti. At any rate, any pictures they took would be pretty spontaneous.
Regarding the math, she managed to catch up well enough. If she were given grades rather than evaluations on report cards she would have an A in Beginning Algebra. She gets to skip Intermediate Algebra and go straight to Advanced next year so she can take Geometry in her senior year. Not highly advanced considering some kids take trig and calculus (I'm not even sure I spelled it right :D) but considering she plans to be an artist (she wants to to costume design) she's doing pretty good.

But back to the Sparky's thread...:D I'm surprised more teens haven't responded. I'd like to view more work from the younger set. I'm never surprised to see great work from young people. That is likely because my kids have been home schooled and I'm aware of what kids are capable of given time and resources.
05/13/2004 11:18:30 PM · #18
Youngest to win a ribbon is Jasper at 12.

Konador, one of the Site Council is 17.

Message edited by author 2004-05-13 23:19:43.
05/13/2004 11:20:58 PM · #19
Originally posted by Maverick:

Damn, 2 years removed = P
I was a teen when I started here

Well, considering I have 16 years on you,Maverick, to me your still a young 'un. I love this series of Civil War reanactment shots. Beautiful!
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Melissa
05/13/2004 11:24:18 PM · #20
Originally posted by faidoi:

Youngest to win a ribbon is Jasper at 12.

Konador, one of the Site Council is 17.

I notice that Jasper also is pretty consistantly in the higher percentile. Humbling and inspiring. Way to go Jasper if you get around to reading this (I imagine you're in bed now since it's a school night--unless you are another home schooler ;D).

I haven't checked out Konodor's yet. I'm afraid to. :D
05/13/2004 11:25:37 PM · #21
Haha, yes. you spelled calculus right. I know because I attempted it, but with lack of a real impetus to stick with it and the lack of someone to help me, I gave it up, and like your daughter, I don't plan on pursueing anything requiring advanced math.

Spontaneous or not, its a great shot. The shot of mine you linked titled "Thirsty" was a spontaneous shot. Sometimes in photography its not all about the technical aspect, but simply being ready when opportunity knocks (or appears).

Message edited by author 2004-05-13 23:27:17.
05/13/2004 11:29:09 PM · #22
Originally posted by melismatica:

Originally posted by faidoi:

Youngest to win a ribbon is Jasper at 12.

Konador, one of the Site Council is 17.

I notice that Jasper also is pretty consistantly in the higher percentile.


A cool stat is that in motivational posters the whole family was 1,2,3 :)

Message edited by author 2004-05-13 23:30:18.
05/13/2004 11:29:12 PM · #23
Originally posted by melismatica:

I haven't checked out Konodor's yet. I'm afraid to. :D


Ahh, go ahead, take a look. You might be there a while - lol. His work is superb!
05/13/2004 11:29:45 PM · #24
Hooray, I fit in that catergory as 18! Yay!
05/13/2004 11:31:19 PM · #25
Originally posted by melismatica:

[quote=faidoi]

I haven't checked out Konodor's yet. I'm afraid to. :D


Now I remember where I had seen Konodor's name pop up (it was a thread regarding this picture' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/152/thumb/43950.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/152/thumb/43950.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' Very impressive. My daughter and I love the profile portrait, BTW! :D
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