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    Beginner Myths about photography

    We often see new members join up and asking questions like 'which brand should I buy' or 'what course should I do'

    Exploding the myths.

    1. One brand of camera is better than the others.

    I blame existing photographers for this one. Whether jokingly or not, we all often make a comment that implies our own brand choice was the best one. It does not matter how expensive (or cheap) your camera is, or what name label it has on it, no camera is perfect and the best thing you can do is learn.

    Learn how to use your camera. once you understand how a camera works and the basics of photography, then you will understand that the camera is no the major determining factor in producing great photos, you are.

    2. My photos are crap

    There is no such thing as instantly being a great photographer! Practice is what makes your photography better. The more you learn about your gear, how it works, how to frame your scene, how to process your photos, then you will start to see improvements. Professional photographers are made not born.

    If you think your photos are crap, why are they crap? You have the power to change that. But you have to put the effort in.

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    I need to do courses to become a great photographer

    it is true that you need to learn, but you do not need to do courses to learn. Some of the top photographers in the world are self-taught. Yes you can go out today and sign up for a photography course, but once completed, it may not make you a great photographer. Just cause someone is a self taught photographer does not make them an inferior photographer, in fact, quite often the opposite is true. Self taught photographers often learnt by trial and error and have their own unique way of seeing the world through their lenses. Those who do courses, will often see the world the way they were taught to do so. Yes you need to learn, but you don't have to do a fine arts degree/diploma to do so.

    4. My camera is not good enough


    Any camera will not produce good photos if you do not know how to use it. So you have an entry level DSLR and think it is not good enough. OK, I hand you a $45,000 Hasselblad and say here you go, take great photos. Could you?

    If you think your camera is not good enough, then you do not know how to use it properly. Simple as that.

    5. Don't worry about that you can fix it in photoshop. (From Shelly)

    Aim to get the best image possible in camera. Editing is part of the process, but you want a good image to start with.

    6. Getting lots of compliments about your photography on Facebook and from family and friends means you’re ready to shoot professionally. (From Kym)

    When your family, friends, co-workers, and assorted acquaintances see your images, they will almost always say very complimentary things.
    Why?
    Because they are think your images look better than their happy snaps.
    Also, generally they like you and will therefore complement anything you do.

    Paying customers don’t compare your images to their snaps.
    They compare your work to what they see in magazines, online and on the TV.
    The know what professional quality images look like, and they will know if you’re not up to that standard.

    Solution!
    Face facts, you're not ready to go professional until your images start selling.
    When people want to part with real money for your images then you're likely to be ready for the big step.

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    If anyone else has a myth that they want to explode about photography, especially those relevant to beginners, please feel free to add it to this thread.
    Last edited by ricktas; 02-11-2012 at 8:04pm. Reason: Shelly's comment
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    Don't worry about that you can fix it in photoshop. Aim to get the best image possible in camera. Editing is part of the process, but you want a good image to start with.
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    #6 Getting lots of compliments about your photography on Facebook and from family and friends means you’re ready to shoot professionally.

    When your family, friends, co-workers, and assorted acquaintances see your images, they will almost always say very complimentary things.
    Why?
    Because they are think your images look better than their happy snaps.
    Also, generally they like you and will therefore complement anything you do.

    Paying customers don’t compare your images to their snaps.
    They compare your work to what they see in magazines, online and on the TV.
    The know what professional quality images look like, and they will know if you’re not up to that standard.

    Solution!
    Face facts, you're not ready to go professional until your images start selling.
    When people want to part with real money for your images then you're likely to be ready for the big step.

    PS re: Item 1 -- except for Pentax
    Last edited by Kym; 06-10-2012 at 9:18am.
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    I suffered a lot from myth number 4. For a long time I believed my camera wasn't good enough - then after seeing the works of Matthew Courtney and other Kx users I very quickly realised that I just didn't know how to use it properly. Then I spent more time learning to use the ole Pentax, instead of spending more money on another camera (though that will happen one day ).

    I don't know if I'll ever be good enough to sell images though I do like the little recognition I do get from this site and others and quite content at the moment to enjoy this passion we (APers) enjoy in photography.
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    regarding #4, if you gave me a Hasselblad you would not see me for dust
    cc and enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudman View Post
    regarding #4, if you gave me a Hasselblad you would not see me for dust
    yep, insert Greg shaped blur here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus79 View Post
    yep, insert Greg shaped blur here!
    you two could capture the other one's virtual blurriness at the dizzying speed of 1 frame per second too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    you two could capture the other one's virtual blurriness at the dizzying speed of 1 frame per second too!
    Yep. that would be a frame with a large file size, poorly framed, have a blurry subject matter and likley have blue and red lights in the BG .....

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    Good info here . I like the friends/family/Facebook reference best .

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    4a - the more mega pixels your camera has, the better it is. And your images will be better too.

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    Another aspect of the photoshop myth - "I can always crop it later" - If you can safely do it, Zoom with your feet for the best possible image, especially with wide angle lenses.
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    If I take a thousand photos I might get lucky and be able to show off at least one or two!

    While digital cameras allow us to take a lot of inexpensive images, taking the time to make each one count is really worth it - or so I am findiing.

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    "I'm not using higher than ISO 200, 'cause I don't want to much noise in the photo."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L View Post
    "I'm not using higher than ISO 200, 'cause I don't want to much noise in the photo."
    I still suffer from this! But getting better by taking LOTS of really average/bad photos!

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    Read the Manual you got with your camera.

    Then practice and keep practicing until you don't need it.

    Best thing I ever did. Can now remember how to change things with out using the menu button all the time.
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    Photoshop can enhance a good photo but will never fix a bad photo!

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    when you think of turning your fun and passion into a job/profession, is when you (perhaps foolishly) turn the love relationship into a hate relationship. Be careful what you wish for unless you are seriously more than ready for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffsta View Post
    Mongo is right. I turned my computer hobby into a job 12 years ago. Only lasted a couple of months, and the fun went out of it.
    I turned my hobby into a job, and it's the greatest job in the history of the world ever. (Except for the bit where you get stuck processing images on the computer, though even that's much better since I just outsource that to India these days)

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