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Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On April - 25 - 2022
FAQ by Amateur Photographer

FAQ by Amateur Photographer

The following questions are the most common ones asked by amateur photographers which professional photographers find ridiculous. Why? It is because photography is a piece of art and not a math calculation where one plus one results two. There are so many unnecessary questions and usually they are ones to be blamed when a photo is not satisfying. Why? It is because most of them are illogical (impossible achievement of a photo for the limitation of camera, lens as human’s product).
Notes: camera and lens is created by imitating the concept of how our eyes work. Of course there are God’s creations that cannot be imitated by camera and even the most advanced lens till date.

1. Which one is the best brand of camera?
There is no such thing as the best brand because if there is one all people will definitely buy that camera. All cameras are good (as long as it is usable and functions well). What can decide when a camera is not good? It is the user that decides whether it is good or not.

2. What is the best number of speed setting and diaphragm?
There is no such thing as best diaphragm and speed. If there is any exact number, all camera and lens factories will create camera with the best number of speed and diaphragm and not make varieties for them. Every diaphragm and speed has its own use and effect which is varied from the other. The thing to be kept in mind is the function concept and effect of the resulted image and not specific numeric of numbers.

3. Do I have to use manual setting to create good photos? (Like what my friend told me).
I have to say two things:
a. Your friend tosses you deep into the world of ignorance with such a question.
b. Camera is produced using some modes like a, s, av, tv, and etc. (you can read guidance books to find definitions on those codes). Some of those modes (except the m-manual) are created to help people make great photos with minimal thinking and time with maximum results. Understand each function and (again) avoid the calculation. Memorize the concept of function and the resulted effect.

4. My photo is good or not?
– If you are a photo hobbyist, as long as you love images you created it means that they are good photos.
– If you are an artist, as long as you love your pieces and are not bothered by what other people think, it means that your images are good.
– If you try to sell your images to people (clients), as long as the images are liked by those people and they are ready to pay for it, it means your works are good.
– If you like images you created and so are other people and you enjoy the process of creating those images and are delighted to share and open to criticism and thoughts of others. It can be said that you are the real hobbyist of photography, whatever the camera and the lens used

5. Why my friends are very stingy when it comes to sharing some knowledge on photography?
Everyone must have their own reason to share or not to share. For instance, when you finally become that person one day, you will know that when you do not want to share with others, you will feel the same fear and anxiety as the people around you. Still, there are so many people out there who will be willingly share their knowledge with you. In conclusion, it is actually a waste to keep the information for you yourself and not to share it with others.

6. It is said that we should not “worship” a certain brand, because all brands are good, so what is the aspect which should be considered when I want to buy a camera?
Learning to shoot, sometimes by taking assistance from people around us, is not meant for taking a certain tendency of liking one particular brand, but to follow people around you who choose those brands. At least, if you have a difficulty, you know where to go for asking and discussing. By using the same brand as people near you, you got a lot of chances to try gears which you do not have before you finally decide to buy them.

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One Response to “Questions Which Should be Avoided when You Learn About Photography”

  1. Re: Question #5 – I once dabbled with one of those on-line “microstock” agencies – the kind that puts your work up for those who wish to license same, for a very small amount of money, and pays something like 15% royalty on that very-small licensing fee to the photographer. This agency, which was bought up by a much larger agency after I’d uploaded some images, had some forums, one of which was for users to exchange tips and technique. Thing is, some of the folks who were affiliated with this agency had settled into shooting stock full time. Now, in order to succeed at that via a microstock agency, one must upload THOUSANDS of images, AND keep uploading new ones. The only way to make any meaningful money via these agencies is via volume. So, if you’re trying to get into this, as was I, you’d think to chat with those who’re successful with this business model. Trouble is, most of those who were on the agency’s best seller list viewed all other uses as competition. Therefore, they reason, why help this other guy do well. That will mean folks will license his images, not mine. Many of the best-sellers wouldn’t even respond to a message or a forum post. If you did manage to get a response, it was always extremely brief and not at all helpful. And to make it all worse, this agency’s forums were replete with trolls, who seem to spend huge chunks of their conscious time belittling others. Add to all this the reality that the agency’s judges, whose approval of any given image is necessary in order to get it online and before potential customers, were often ridiculously hard to please. There was an appeal process, which I used a few times. Some appeals were successful and some were not. It all added up for me that shooting stock, especially microstock, isn’t at all worth my time.

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