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  •  The single biggest advance in digital photography (6+ / 0-)

    is credible autoexposure.  The hardest technical skill for a photographer to master is proper exposure of the recording medium.

    As a "gatekeeper" for several decades it wasn't difficult to separate from the pack since exposing film properly required exceptional skills.  Nowadays Mommie photographers enter the marketplace without even the least fundamental understanding of exposure.  The cameras are point and shoot.  No real knowledge needed.  

    I still don't have trouble separating from the minnows in the maketplace because I know how to write with light, the real artistry of photography is not in the technology but rather the in the light you are recording.  Understanding light and how to control it is what separates the "gatekeepers" from the Mommie photographers.  Any monkey can push the shutter.  To be a photographer you have to have control of the light not just the camera.  And that ain't easy.

    When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

    by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 07:48:54 PM PDT

    •  I keep mine on manual with auto-focus (4+ / 0-)
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      and I can control light in Lightroom. Exposure is not a big deal if you shoot raw and correct it later. Neither is color balance.

      This above all: to thine own self be true...-WS

      by Agathena on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 02:36:07 AM PDT

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    •  While I agree with some... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...of what you write, I think that dialing down the condescension might be in order, ie, was "any monkey can push the shutter" really necessary?

      But it's true that the more you know and understand about photography, potentially, the more you can do.  Not just with lighting, but also playing around with depth of field to get the effect that you want.  And these are things that most casual photographers don't understand -- and, truthfully, that they don't much care about.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 05:32:15 AM PDT

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    •  Objects (3+ / 0-)

      are merely things that modify the direction of light - they either reflect it, refract it or absorb it or do a combination of these things. Understand this on a deep level and the rest is relatively easy.

      Don't see the need for the disdain with which you hold others though. A quote that I came across the other day was something along the lines of always approach photography as if you are a complete beginner. Cannot remember the source though.

      We are all learning all the time and even if you argue that some think they know more than they do education works better than ridicule.

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