Guest Blog Post: Sarcastic guide to modern photography

This article will compile some of my most important lessons as a photographer over the years. My advice is more applicable to hobbyist and non-commercial photographers. I want to share my experiences and spark a lively discussion among the photography community.

It is better to take less than you make. Less is more. 

Contrary to popular belief, I recommend taking a few photos as possible. If you find yourself overwhelmed and end up with a collection of too many photos, delete them immediately. This can be done in two steps. First, take them out of the camera immediately after they are taken. You can then remove more during post-processing and conversion.

You want to remove all negative images from your mind before they can be taken. You’ll save time and headaches by learning how to train yourself.

You can also do this by focusing your efforts on the one shot that is perfect and not trying your luck with hundreds of photos.

You might not be happy with your gear, but it could worsen.

Although you won’t be a better photographer with expensive gear, it will help you be more confident.

Your camera is your assistant, who assists you in all of your creative endeavors. Which assistant would you prefer? Do you prefer a shortsighted, nimble paralytic (who whines all the time and makes you nervous) or a skilled, silent professional? Make wise choices.

You will soon realize that your equipment is not the only reason for poor photos. Every photographer goes through a stage of growth that involves upgrading their gear. It’s easier to win the grand prize if you’re happy with your gear.

RAW shot, deleted in RAW

This is my typical proportion between RAW and JPG.

RAW is the preferred format for most of my photos. This allows me to not worry about white balance and gives me the freedom to experiment with post-processing.

When it comes time to store pictures, I convert them all into JPEG and save the RAW files that I would like to return later. These pictures represent only a fifth of all the photos from each shoot.

Similar methods can save space and make it easier to browse your photos faster. RAW files can also be rendered as JPG.

Your children are not your photos.

Don’t get attached. This is because, if they are ugly, you can afford not to attach sentimental attachments. Do not believe that they will become beautiful if you wait.

Don’t let the bad ones get you down. They may be yours, but that doesn’t make them always good. Identify the obvious flaws (out of focus, and long exposure has gone wrong, etc. Consider them a failure, and take action to fix them immediately. You can learn from your mistakes and make better decisions next time. You might spend more time explaining to people why your photos aren’t spoiled if you refuse to learn from them. It’s a waste of time that you could be spending on good pictures.

You can review your photos regularly to get a second opinion. Your appreciation for them may change over time. You can get rid of any image that isn’t right. This is especially true for photos that haven’t served their purpose for a while. You already know which of these are.

Take your photos and make them into something you can use.

Do it for the love of God! You can’t just click the shutter button and be done. To achieve a stronger effect, take the time to edit your photos. Do whatever it takes to transform your photos from ordinary to extraordinary. It is all about the power of post-processing that makes a good photo great.

Your laziness is the only excuse for not improving the quality of your pictures with your camera.

The idea behind the big idea is to express your artistic vision. Match your point of view with what the camera can capture.


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