8 Photography MYTH busted ^^ in Photography

July 18, 2008, 03:04 PM
by Yogi Sujiwo

myth photography

We’ve all either been, or are going to be, at that point where we will want to make a decision based on a myth that we’ve heard or created in our mind. Here’s an attempt at debunking a few of those. Also, I tend to get a little ranty, so feel free to argue in the comments. That’s what makes the blogosphere fun. Sell photos on photrade | By MSchoonmaker 1. Everyone with a Big Camera and Lens Knows What They’re Doing Now, I’m sure some, heck, even a lot, of those big camera wielding “super-pro’s” that decided they “had to get that shot” at the zoo by elbowing you in the face instead of asking politely may know what they’re doing. (Zoo thing a true story by the way.) Truth is, there as just as many knowledgeable people with big cameras as there are people with big wallets and no patience. Don’t be intimidated by someone solely based on their camera. In fact, just plain don’t judge anyone by their camera. You never know if the person next to you who is shooting with a little G3 may have an incredible knowledge of photography, but just decided to go light weight today. Appreciate each person as an individual and you may find out that people are way more willing to teach than you thought, even if you’re just the guy with the G3. 2. There is a Right and Wrong Way to Shoot Now, if you have very specific goals, there is a right way to shoot, but it’s only to help you reach that goal. Art is a tricky thing in that it is subjective. Shoot what you love. Personally, I love walls and texture and lines. A lot of “nothingness.” These photos are what I really enjoy shooting, although I’m sure there are many people that would think these are very useless photos. Shoot for yourself, no one else. (Unless you have a client, in that case, completely ignore what I’m saying.) There are guidelines to shoot better photos, and you should take them into consideration when you shoot, but do not let them confine you, use them to your advantage. Shooting “the right way” simply means you are making conscience decisions about the outcome of your photo. Even if that decision is to shoot from the hip and see what happens. Sell photos on photrade | By JosephTibor 3. People Who Only Shoot Film Are Just Dirty Hipsters and Old Men Okay, this one is probably mostly true. Just kidding. Film is still around, ladies and gents. If you see someone shooting film, talk to them. They will probably know more about a camera and it’s working than you. Why? It takes more to shoot film. More effort, more thought, and more knowledge. Many of the best photographers I know still have at least one film camera in their bag. If you’ve never shot film, I’d suggest it’s worth doing. You learn so much more by being forced to shoot manually, by not having the crutch of modern technology to make decisions for you. Give it a shot. (Pun totally intended.) 4. Canon is better than Nikon, or Nikon is better than Canon Seriously, this is about as relevant as Coke vs. Pepsi. You might as well be saying Nikon’s marketing campaign is better than Canon’s or vice versa, because that is what it comes down to. There is something very upsetting about a “veteran” photographer who tells his/her apprentices to only shoot one brand, because it’s “better.” It’s not better. It could be more convenient, or more accessible to you, or more geared to your style of work, but it is not simply “better.” I have a friend who shoots with a Sony and he loves it. The guy sells cameras for a living. Nikon and Canon included, and he chose a Sony over the two. Why? Because that’s what he was most comfortable with. Your gear is just as subjective as the photo itself. Enough of the absolutes. 5. The Higher the Megapixels, The Better The Camera Nope. Shoot with a 12 MP point and shoot and then shoot with a D3. Notice a difference? (Probably not because you didn’t actually go out and do that. It’s okay, I don’t blame you. I’d take my word for it too.) Why is there such a dramatic difference? The sensor. A Nikon Coolpix P5100 has a 1/1.72″ Type CCD sensor at 12.1MP (it’s a hot point and shoot, I own this sucker) but a Nikon D3 has a  FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor at 12.1 MP (no, I don’t own one, but I lust after it often.) A full range sensor vs. a compact sensor creates a HUGE difference in quality. So much so, that I think it’s safe to say that it is the sensor that is the largest determining factor in creating a quality digital image. (From the technical side, I mean. Not the “ability to shoot awesome pictures” side.) 6. Everything Can Be Fixed In Photoshop I’ve learned this one first hand. I’m pretty sure I still rely on Photoshop (or Lightroom at this point) way too much, but I’m happy to say that I am weaning myself off of it. Photoshop should be used as a tool to enhance already quality images. Or get rid of that finger in the shot. Don’t act like you don’t know who I’m talking to. If you’re a photographer, you work should be done in the camera, not in post. When you start relying on post, you get sloppy in camera, thus becoming a sloppy photographer. Also, there are many things that can be done in photoshop, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a better picture. I’m talking to you, Mr. One Button Click Filter. Sell photos on photrade | By kghadiali 7. Everyone Loves a Sunset This could also be labeled as: Everyone Loves Pictures of the Ocean, or Everyone Loves A Picture of You Taking a Picture of Yourself In the Mirror With Half of Your Face Hidden Behind the Camera. It is time to be original, folks. We’ve all seen these images a hundred times over. If you’re going to shoot them, find a way to make them interesting. Can I just say that a photo of a sunset will never ever do a real sunset justice? Turn that photo into a story. Give it characters. Find a voice in your photos. 8. I Can’t Take a Good Photo Without X X can be whatever you want. A flash? Use a flashlight. An SLR? Use a point and shoot. A tripod? Steady that hand by leaning on something. A camera? Well, yeah you would be right, there. Point is, there is always a way to take a good photo. Improvise and adapt. Learn to embrace it and you will find yourself taking more, better photos than you had imagined. Disagree or agree? Let me know. Have other myths that you’ve debunked? Let all of us know. Hit the comments.

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