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Camera vs Photography

Someone (appologize for not remembering) posted a high praise on techical advancement in today`s cameras.  This is all very nice because we can simply aim, shoot, and capture a desiredly exposed picture.  Everyone buying a camera with lots of gadgets can do this fine.  It`s a no brainer!

Recall I had a classmate in grade 5 when I had a range finder Yashica, and produced good pictures doing my own total darkroom work.  This boy from one of Hong Kong`s richest family bought himself an Exacter single lens reflex.  Very impressive.  The only problem was that he had no idea how to use the camera.

Never-the-less, still impressive to have that hung over your shoulder!  Oh well!  At least he did contribute to the economy!

However, a good picture must include (but not limited to):

1.   Adequately show 3 dimenssions on a flat piece of photo;

2.   Be creative;

3.   Catch the moment;

4.   Well balanced contrast;

5.   Have personality of the author;

6.   Tell a story; and

7.   Above all: Be a piece of art!

Above is something I learned since picking up my first camera in 1957.

 

 

Vendor
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Registered: ‎09-27-2010

Re: Camera vs Photography

Hi Joseph!

 

You're absolutely right -- There is a difference between having the expensive equipment and knowing how to use it. Love your list about what a good photo needs : )

 

We've taken that into consideration with free Windows Live Photo Gallery in order to making organizing, editing and creating photos fun and simple for the photographer -- including re-touching and fusing photos together. Check out this video that show you how: http://bit.ly/eSkZ7W

 

Let us know what you think -- We'd love to see some of your work!

 

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Luminary
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Great post, I shoot part-time weddings and product photography and I gotta say I get so annoyed when i'm at weddings and I see rich kids with their fancy D700 or $2000 lens and their compositions come out horrible. 

 

Having a Monster Camera, or superior lens doesn't make one's composition better.

 

I personally love using Windows Live Movie Maker to create my photo albums to share with my family and friends on youtube. it's simple and ain't stressfull.

 

Check out some cool product shots i've taken recently by This Link

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The Captain
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Registered: ‎06-25-2009

Re: Camera vs Photography

Hi Jospeh,

 

I'd just like to add one more to your list.

 

"Great lighting"

 

This is what really makes or breaks a photo and great photos also have great lighting.

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I'll agree with the "lighting".... It amazing how many "friends" show up at wedding with kit lenses and say "i shoot with natural lighting".  Once the light dims, their images are blurry and noisy mess without a good flash with BATTERIES.  No, I don't mean "direct flash" either.  It should be "bounced" to diffuse the light.

 

With DSLR and accessory prices falling, we are seeing more of these "friends" and having to shoot around them.

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I still prefer using my old film SLR over my DSLR. It's just getting harder and harder to find a darkroom to rent!

 

ISO, fstop, white balance, shutter speed along with my external flash (depending on the situation) is all I ever use on my DSLR. All those fancy features on my dslr, I don't think I will ever use! lol

 

 

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I'll skip breathing chemicals any day and the high cost of film doesn't make it attractive.  Note, if you want more darkroom control, seriously look at the RAW features of your DSLR and get some good software to play around with the RAW images.

 

  • I notice you didn't list "aperture".  I use that a fair bit when I want to control Bokeh or DOF
  • DSLR comes with an LCD screen, I use that a fair bit to preview my results, especially for long exposures (fireworks)
  • Auto-ISO comes in really handy when shooting in complicated light situations
  • Being able to load take more than 36 pictures without reloading is a big plus for me.  Very handy when I use exposure bracketing

BTW.... do you calibrate your white balance with ExpoDisc or coffee filters?  Or do you just use the system defaults?

The Captain
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I will always find developing film more satisfying than digital. But sadly, it is getting more and more expensive and much less conveinent. 

 

I did mention using f stops, which is how apeture is measured! I only shoot in RAW, I have had to buy so many external hdd to store all my photos Smiley Sad lol, but I guess that does take up less room than my albums, so that is +1 for digital. I use Photoshop, Lightroom and Apeture, Lightroom being my favourite. I rarely use them, except if I am processing HDR images. 

 

In school we use expodisc or gray cards to calibrate WB, but when I'm out and about, I usually just stick to the presets. 

 

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The Captain
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Hi Philyee,

 

You are correct.

 

Photography is similar to classical paintings.

 

We paint with light onto film or digital sensor as canvas.  The resultant picture is a reproduction of that captured image.

 

Lets not forget shadows, reflections, and etc.

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Hi Philyee,

 

There has to be light to have contrast as mentioned in original post.