what makes photography hard?

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    ph0toe TPF Noob!

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    So, I understand nearly all there is to photography , conceptually that is.

    -how aperture , iso and shutter speed work together to create a proper exposure
    - exposure- knowing how much light or less light we need to compensate a good image.
    -Knowing that the lower the iso the better to prevent grainy images
    - knowing that shutter speed can create an effect to freeze an object or, alternatively make it blurry (sports)
    -knowing that aperture can effect depth of field, either shallow or not.

    knowing that lens can effect how close up (macro), telephoto (far away) , wide, fisheye, etc
    that is we look at focal point (eg. 35mm or 50mm) & every lense have different f stops range. (f 1.4) or f 4.0

    half pressing the shutter before pressing it full way to get the shot you want.

    focus. autofocus will focus on the points in your viewfinder. you can either press the af-on, use the viewfinder lcd or just half press the shutter to focus before you shoot in any of the 3 autofocus modes. af servo, af single, etc


    now if done correctly, all the images will come out great depending on the lighting conditions and composition. everything else is done in post processing. so, what makes one photographer stands out from another before post processing? why do people claim photography is hard when understanding the fundamental are all there to it?

    I am still very much new to the craft, so feel free to enlighten me thanks


     
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    Jeff15 TPF junkie!

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    Don't forget to hold the camera still..................:)
     
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    Scott Whaley No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think knowing how to frame the shot is important. Just aiming a camera at something and pressing the shutter button is not being a photographer.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Photography isn't necessarily difficult, but there are two aspects. One, you mentioned is the technical. How things work, what affects what... etc, etc. That one is relatively straight-forward. You just need to memorize a bunch of numbers and learn a few relationships, and how things work with each other. No different than learning any other subject. The second is the artistic; this is much more difficult to learn. You need to intuitively understand how certain elements need best be arranged to create the strongest image. You need to understand light, and how adding or subtracting light in a particular way will affect the final work.
     
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    Because there's much more then just the fundamentals of camera settings, if there wasn't leaving your camera on Auto would produce the same photo as those who stand out.
     
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    Photography is a blend of art and science. One can take a technically perfect picture, which is totally boring and one can ruin an interesting artistic image with poor camera skills. Many enthusiasts are better at one or the other side, but not both. Figure out what side you are better at, then work on the other side of your equation.
     
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    ph0toe TPF Noob!

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    where do i learn the latter part?

    an image below is just having the right setting (morning or evening sunny day) positioning the subject in focus at f/1.4 so the windmill behind is out of focus. not much to it...

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    ph0toe TPF Noob!

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    like what? i am trying to know.
     
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    ph0toe TPF Noob!

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    okay. what else is there to learn other than the fundamentals?
     
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    Composition. Design. Aesthetics. The history of photography. Art. These are a few of the things that you should learn in the addition to the technical side of photography
     
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    ph0toe TPF Noob!

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    can you direct me to those, specificially in order so i can follow along?
     
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    I appears you may be overthinking it a bit.
    One way to simplify the process is to choose a genre you like. Say it's landscape photography. Go online and view videos, read books, examine other recognised landscape photographers work to see how they compose, use light etc.
    Go out and take some images and if you want come back and post them on this forum for feedback. There is a vast library of photographic knowledge contained in the heads of the people on this forum.
    Also don't forget to enjoy it.
     

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