reason for photography

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  1. beddingfield

    beddingfield TPF Noob!

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    When you go around the interweb looking at people who do phototography, it gets really depressing.

    In order to be "different" from everyone, they follow the instagram hash code of the week for photos, and follow every single internet meme for direction.

    Somewhat like everyone arrested for public nudity claims "I streaked to protest starving children in Bolivia".

    So are we stuck trying to outdo each other in terms of subject matter in some bizarre attempt to become "interesting"?


    Is simple photography a dead thing for people?


     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I don't care to look at people who do photography for the Interweb.
    I take photographs ... because, I like taking photographs.
     
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    Its just that so many photo takers, even those claiming to be professional paid level, have taken to doing kitche meme type things to "stand out from others".

    Sad when a wedding photographer charges extra to customers to take photos with the pre exposed film sold by lomography, or to take photos of the entire event with a holga camera.
     
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    I post very few pictures to the Internet and I don't honestly make a point of looking at others' photography too often, in part because I don't want to follow what might turn out to be lame trends, and in part because my reason for getting all of this crap was initially for high quality family pictures.

    Most of what I look at is technical, in the sense of trying to improve my handling of the camera itself.
     
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    Technical skills other then photo shop, putting a lens on the camera, and tossing it to AF, may be rather unwanted now.

    Even proper focusing doesn't seem to matter with the glut of funky special effects lenses out in the great yonder that make things blurry and hazy and downright migraine inducing
     
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    I might agree with you for nice daytime lighting, but skill with the equipment very much matters in nighttime and dark indoor settings, and it may still be some time before camera manufacturers manage to create cameras that are good automatically in low light.
     
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    I have it on good authority that the sky is falling.

    OP... your post is about the tenth one echoing the same sentiment within the past 2 years. It's too bad that we live in the 21st century instead of in the 1940s. You know, before Polaroid and color film came along and ruined everything.
     
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    What's the difference between daylight and night time? What's the big skill difference? Ambient light is ambient light whether it's at night or in the day.
    Post an example of one of your night shots that's more difficult than a daylight shot?
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    Depressing??????
    Millions of people are posting pictures of their dinner with bunny ears. I find that very amusing. Photography has evolved into a much more accessible form of communication and photo's have become words in a non-verbal conversation. Brilliant!!!

    The sanctity of searching for the perfect photograph is as intact as it has ever been and is a laudable goal to which I aspire. BUT......

    The skill and effort required to achieve a perfect photograph is a personal thing. My daughter takes dozens of photographs every day but has no real interest in photography other than what can be done with her phone in under 2 seconds. Her vision of the perfect photo is as valid as mine.

    The current state of the evolution of photography is very exciting. I cant wait for whats coming next.
     
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    Sharpshooterr No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Bed, you're making an assumption that everybody goes around the internet looking at photos. Either way, in what way does looking at the internet get depressing? Are you saying that it's depressing because there is no originality or individuality left? Just people that want to follow?
    I don't see how following hashtags will make you different, better or worse? Why would one follow the hashtags at all? I have an Instagram and I don't follow hashtags. I think we all look at photography and sometimes we are inspired and probably most times are not. I'll admit there is a lot of pitiful and over-saturated crap on the internet that many try to pass off as good photography.
    That said there are a lot of beginners on the internet desperately looking for ways to improve their photography. At that stage a lot of that crappy photography looks great to them and is well worth aspiring too. We all started somewhere and if following hashtags is what helps, what's wrong with that?!
    "So are we stuck trying to outdo each other". Not sure I even understand that statement? Whose trying to out do each other and in which way? Maybe I have to start following the hashtags to understand your frustration.?
    What does simple photography even mean? One persons simple photography might be very complex to someone else and some photographers wouldn't know complex photography if it slapped them in the face!!! LoL
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    [​IMG]

    Cropped from this:

    2ndballoon-pre-crop.JPG 168mm f/8, 1 second, ISO 400.

    The balloons were firing their gas jets for around a second. When they weren't firing the only light was from the buildings in the background and reflecting off of the water. The camera did not know what to focus on in auto mode as it couldn't make-out the balloons in the darkness. It would try to focus on the lake in the foreground or it would try to focus on the lights but would struggle.

    I had been attempting to get both of these balloons firing at the same time.

    This composite photo:

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    Started out with individual photos of balloons like this:

    balloon-1-scaled.JPG
    50mm f/8, 1 second, ISO 400

    Again, with basically nothing bright enough to focus on quickly enough to get an automatic shot.

    Now, perhaps a more skilled photographer than I am could have paradoxically gotten a better shot on full-auto in these conditions- I'm more like Gomez Addams than Ansel Adams when it comes to photgraphy- but to get good color and a wide enough depth of field to include all of the balloons at different distances without resorting to an incredibly high ISO I had to pick a shutter speed and aperture that no camera would automatically choose, and I had to manually focus during prior firings in order to get sharp images when I finally started snapping the shutter.

    So, what would you have done differently?
     
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    id avoided the composite photo
     
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