Tracking improvement

I’ve been taking photos for around fifteen years but how can I measure the quality of my photographs or my ability and quantify any change?

I recently watched a video by Scott Kelby about critiquing your own work and one of his suggestions was to create a portfolio of your best images – with a maximum of around 24 images in there. Then try to be taking photographs better than that selection and only put better ones in there and remove older ones as you go.

That seemed like a good idea. I’ve started creating mine at – I’ve not completed my first pass of photos yet so it’ll take me some time to build up a starting selection. It is definitely not finished – it’s barely started!

What was apparent when starting this task though is that my 2018 eyes can see a lot more faults with my photos than I could see when I took them.

A lot of my photos are primarily memories and quality wasn’t the first thing on my mind when I took them.

I’ll continue to share photos with friends and contacts on Facebook, Flickr and Instagram, but I’m going to be thinking more and trying harder to take photos that are worthy of pulling out into a portfolio.

As an aside, I use Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan and that comes with a portfolio site. I could have done it on WordPress, but the Adobe site has the benefit of syncing with Lightroom (actually Lightroom Classic or CC – both use Adobe’s cloud) – so it keeps it all visible and easy to change.

Learning / Changing

I’m a self-taught photographer and I’ve been using digital cameras since 2001.

In 2018 I decided to dedicate some time to learn more about photography and to try using that knowledge to create better images.


I’ve signed up for a photography course that should last about a year and starts with first principles.

My landscape photographs up until now have been hand held and taken while doing another activity. The only filter I’d ever used more than a few times was a polarizer and my tripod remained at home.

The photographs here were taken at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. They were a deliberate attempt to spend time taking photographs, use a tripod and use some ND filters to extend exposure times.


During the next six months, I’ll be doing a number of photography workshops – picked mostly to cover areas outside of my comfort zone and to learn from people who care about their areas.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Landscape photography in the Peak District.
  • Astrophotography in Nottinghamshire.
  • Architectural photography in Nottingham.
  • Street photography in London.
  • Safari Park photography in the West Midlands.

I’ll post progress and images here over the year.


If anyone here has any suggestions for areas of photography I should have a go at, then please let me know.