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Old Jul 12, 2010, 5:31 PM   #1
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I've been thinking about opening this thread for a while, so I did it. But I do need the forum to play along.

In life we always regret not knowing things earlier, things we would have done differently if we only knew better, and lessons we had to learn the hard way. So i thought, why not open a thread where people can share these 'bad' experiences, and other people can learn.
(Of course I'm talking photography related- but if you feel like sharing something else- feel free )
So, what would have you done differently if you knew back then what you know now?
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 6:57 PM   #2
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It took me a long time to realize that the people who insisted that "it's the photographer, not the equipment" always had the best equipment...
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 6:59 PM   #3
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I guess you could say this is photography related. Had I known then what I know now I would never have got mixed up for 16 years with the last woman in my life. She lied, cheated and stole. How does this relate to photography? Well if I could get away with it I would brain her with a good heavy Nikon.
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its all about the lighting.
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Try to find out how good you what your photos, because pro lenses are very expensive. And is it worth a small fortune to get that result.
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I guess you could say this is photography related. Had I known then what I know now I would never have got mixed up for 16 years with the last woman in my life. She lied, cheated and stole. How does this relate to photography? Well if I could get away with it I would brain her with a good heavy Nikon.
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 7:14 AM   #7
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A great photograph is a photograph of a great subject. If you are aware of the photographer, the photograph is mediocre at best. While odd angles, selective use of color, etc. have a place in a photographer's arsenal, if the viewer's attention is drawn to them, the photograph is a failure. The more extreme the technical gimmic, the more powerful the subject needs to be to overcome the effect and keep the viewer focused on the subject. My job as a photographer is first to observe the world, and then to render my observaton in a way that helps the viewer to see what I saw that was worth looking at. Technical sophistication is only valuable to the extent that it can be made subservient to the end of revealing what is wonderful in the subject. If ordinary people complement the photographer, he probably failed -- a good photograph is one where every schmuck with an iPhone thinks that he could have taken it if he'd only had the good fortune to have been there.
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I always post my lessons in my signature so this is quick and easy for me
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Coming from medium format film, when I was in China, I was told by knowledgable persons to buy a good semi pro dslr. What did i do? I bought a p&s. Now i'll have to pay +50% (duties) for the same dslr i could have bought in China.
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It took me a long time to realize that the people who insisted that "it's the photographer, not the equipment" always had the best equipment...
I think my kit just about falls into this area so I can safely say that I know it is the photographer not the gear, as there are many people who I aspire to be as good as who use lesser gear. If it was the kit I should be very good but sadly I'm not there yet.
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