A simple tip that will teach you loads about photography

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  1. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    A simple tip that will teach you loads about photography.

    Put down your camera, and borrow someone elses' camera for a day. Then do it again with different gear. If you are shooting digital, shoot a few rolls of film. If you are shooting film, fill up a 1 mb memory card. Try out a vintage camera. Try a camera design other than a point-n-shoot or SLR. Try out enough different kinds of equipment, and you'll realize how much your photography relies on you rather than the brand name or design of gear in your hands. You'll find that all the fancy technology Canon and Nikon would have us believe are essential for good photography, are only vital to their stock reports. And then you'll be free. :)

    Happy photography, everybody!
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Truer words.....;)

    It's good mental exercise, regardless of your level of knowledge. When people say they're bored with their photography or have gotten stuck in a rut, I like to tell them to pick up an entirely different camera or format to try.
     
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    this is a good philosophy..... i desperatly want to get back into film..... anyone wanna send me thier camera?!..... a hasselblad or summin would be nice. ;) :mrgreen:
     
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    spiky_simon TPF Noob!

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    Great advice! Why not try using a polaroid camera for a different perspective on things :)
     
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    You could borrow my old rollei if you come the the London meet - that way you might be able to explain to me how to work it :D

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    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ooohh.... thats purdy.... if im at the meet i'll have to take you up on that! ;)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good post Matt.

    Reminds me of a show that I used to see on TV once in a while. It was called Nikon Wildlife Adventures. The host was a tool and they would have guest photographers come on to show him stuff. One Pro showed him how to change the active AF point and quickly explained the rule of thirds. By the end of the show, the host was explaining how his Nikon camera had "rule of thirds" as if it were an option.
     
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    :biglaugh:
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Why not a Holga? Cheap, easy, and all you need is some tape to hold the back on. :razz: Totally fun way to shoot 120 film.
     
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    markc TPF Noob!

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    I think it's a great idea. I found that when I first got my Yashica TLR, it really got me to slow down and think about what I was doing. Another thing to try is to grab a disposable camera or two and shoot a bit. With the limited choices, you really have to thing about the composition..
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Great point Matt. I'll just add my $.02 of experience to confirm this. When I started taking my photo class, I was shooting 35mm, with a very similar camera to my DSLR. I was using the same lenses, and felt very comfortable. After getting a great deal on a 645 camera, and using that solely for class now, I've been learning so much. I've had to really slow down and think about what I want, and it's caused me to look at my pictures, my compositions in a different way. I only have 1 80mm lens. The depth of field is less at any given aperture. The camera is heavy, and tripod mounted 99% of the time. I have to use a handheld spot meter to calculate my exposures.

    The entire process has opened my eyes, and changed my thinking entirely. Works wonders :)
     
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    I recently shoot a roll of films with my fathers manual-focus SLR bought in 1980. It was great (unfortunatly 20% of photos were out-focus), I learned a lot, produced some really nice photos. And, later it was great to use my PS Camera, then again it was even better to use my new DSLR! :sexywink:
     

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