No longer a newbie, moving up!
- Jun 29, 2012
- Reaction score
- Can others edit my Photos
- Photos OK to edit
Why start with the harder path?
Because at least then they know the path exists.
There's two thigs that motivated me to write it;
1) On the rare occation one of the "mum-with-cam" / "natural-light-pro" starting a business threads includes a facebook, flickr link on them and I take a look, none of the photos are blury, most have reasonable white balance, exposure that's passable, and I don't find myself going "omg, the DoF choice on that one is awful". I do find myself looking at photos with racoon eyes, flat light, harsh light, backlight and obvious compositional blunder and thinking that if they could fix those it would be a big step forward.
2) I see people (and I'm including myself in this) learn their camera, be still unhappy with the results, and assume it's a camera problem, then spend years and years upgrading equipment and learning ever more technical details about how their cameras work and still getting no-where, or improving marginally (in terms of creating a good image, not technical mastery) until finally the penny drops. I had upgraded my 300D and kit lens to a 1Dmk2 and (several) L glass (because I believed the only thing holding me back was that 300D wasn't 'good enough') long before I bought my first reflector.
And if I look back further, to when I was shooting on auto (on a film SLR), again, they're not blury, the exposures are certainly ball-pack and the DoF is not image-beakingly bad. What is bloody aweful is light and composition.
I suggested auto idea, not because I believe it's brilliant, but as a way of lightening (excude the pun) the work / learning load in the hope that would free up some concentration space for other things which might help more.
Perhaps it is not possible to learn thing the other way around, but without trying, it is hard to know.
Overread, thanks for your input on that; it's good to read your thoughts.