Re: | eddieputera's PHOTOGRAPHY BLETHER : Photographers who forget to take picture
IMO, we all started with the same goal: To take the best pictures, each time we press the shutter button.
Along the way, we tend to get 'corrupted' by those external factors.
We heard and followed the wrong advice.
We upgrade by merely following others, we don't even have a clue on what the gears are designed for.
We've had slr, but when people said RF is the best tool for street, we immediately jumped on the boat, while still lacking the fundamentals of photography.
We take portraits of kids, but people say kiddies photos are snapshots. So we hunt for leng luis.
We shoot stills, but people say real pros do wedding. So we followed.
While we're still in the early curve of learning, the film fever re-appears. Photos shown by the old timers and pros really got our attention. And again, we followed.
All without a solid foundation of photography.
End up we cursing on why we're not improving. And the motivation slip away, day by day.
And we shoot just for the sake of hearing the shutter sound.
What does this mean?
We are actually a bunch of followers. We take photos to get compliments from others. Not for our own satisfaction.
This is the reason why nowadays, when newbies who come to me asking for guidance, I give conditions:
1. Do not learn from others except from me until they completed the fundamentals.
2. Don't do any gear purchase without my consent.
3. Don't give any nonsense tai chi when I call for outing.
4. Don't take any assignment unless I give the permission.
Disobey that and you're on your own.
Very the sombong, eh?