(reposted Feb 15)
I stumbled across this post today http://gizmodo.com/5904107/100-tips-from-a-professional-photographer and the more I read, the more I got annoyed with several of the things he had listed.
Many of them are simply personal opinion or choice, but certainly not carved in stone like this list implies.
I disagree with the following, specifically:
13. Better lenses don’t give you better photos.
I disagree because if that was the case then we would only have a handful of prime lenses. A better lens can enable you to take a better photo, specific example is macro. A proper macro lens makes ALL the difference. I think what he really means is having expensive kit is not going to magically make you a better shooter, in which case he should have said so!
28. The more photos you take, the better you get.
Actually I think you can take lots and lots of perfectly average shots and do it consistently over time, if you expend NO energy at all in learning anything about photography. Only by learning and doing can you improve, unless you happen to be a genius. If you doubt me, check out Flickr 🙂
39. Ditch the photo backpack and get a messenger bag. It makes getting your lenses and camera a whole lot easier.
100% personal choice, buy the camera bag that suits you and your requirements.
45. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.
46. Never let photography get in the way of enjoying life
I think these two are mutually exclusive. I have been at events where I have conciously put the camera down, so that I can involve myself and enjoy myself, rather than be in ‘photographer mode’. I have also regretted not having a camera on me many times, seeing a great sunset or cloudscape, but I was also not in a desirable situation to take a good photo. So make your own call. I intend to have a good quality P&S to carry in my handbag one day to get those opportunity shots, but its not a necessity.
86. Never delete any of your photos.
OMG!!! Seriously? Even the blurry ones or the ones where the subject blinked or moved out of frame? Now this is just silly. Of course you should delete photos. If nothing else it should be a part of your personal critique while processing images.
2. Always shoot in RAW. Always.
Choose what works for you, I know pro shooters who only shoot in JPG, and I know many who shoot in RAW+JPG. Find your own way – shooting in RAW means you spend a LOT of time in front of the computer processing your images, which is fine so long as you are happy to invest that time.
There are others that irritate me, but these are the ones I feel MOST strongly about 🙂 Which ones do you disagree with?