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Oct. 8th, 2001 | 02:36 pm

Just another feeling like a fraud moment.

I think I do want to try and photograph protests, it seems like a useful thing to do. (Well at least covering protests that I care about, environmental issues, peace, social justice, and anti-globalization.)

Now the fraud like feeling comes from the fact that I really don't know that much about what I'm doing. Real Photographers know when they're supposed to fix the white balance, when they're supposed to choose something other than matrix metering, and what the right times to use a cable release are.

I just learned how to make sure that I include as much of the subject matter at hand in the picture as I can. Of course I suppose the right answer is to just keep trying. Though I should attempt to evaluate my work. And evaluating the photographs of others is always a good thing as well.

Hmm... I wonder how long I can put off doing actual work today...

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Hey, don't worry 'bout doing photography "the right way"! There is no one "right way"! You have a camera that makes taking pix essentially free. So take tons of pix, and learn what works for you -- exploit this advantage to learn a lot! Read your camera manual, and discuss your camera and photos with friends -- both photo-geeks and people who care about your causes. Ask them what they liked, and what they wish they saw more of. With time you'll develop a sense of what you want to see, and how to manage the camera details to "make it so". And, as you know, quantity is one of the main assets of a photographer! So take pictures frequently and often.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Read the manual? Eeek. I'm not even really sure where I left it.

Though yes, I was thinking it took a bit more than just taking lots of pictures, there also needs to be a feedback mechanism where you look at the photos and decide which ones seemed best and what could be better about all of them.

Mostly it's just needing time.

BTW, where's a good place to get more high capacity NiMHs?

(And at 1000 pictures can I reward myself with some new camera bits?) ;)

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The Dude

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from: singleton
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 03:04 pm (UTC)
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you cant feel like a fraud
because real photographers just make it up as they go along anyways
thats what i do,
you just do what you can and what you know, and take your pictures and hope they turn out
thats all there is too it

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 03:25 pm (UTC)
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"Just make it up?", she asked incrediously.

But they look like they know what they're doing. I suppose everyone is more likely to look like they know what they're doing than they actually feel.

By some standards perhaps I'm already looking competent because I remembered to bring a tripod for tonight.

Of course then is the question of being a photographer mostly just having decent equipment and learning how to use it?

If so, what about the "mysterious process of producing art". Does it exist or is it really just learning a set of skills?

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Clare T. Rampling

I've been found out!

from: rampling
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Uh-oh -- now everyone will know I've just been making up stuff myself! It's like the magician's thing -- you're not s'posta tell the secrets behind the curtain!

Fraudishly,
Clare

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Diane Trout

Re: I've been found out!

from: alienghic
date: Oct. 14th, 2001 12:59 am (UTC)
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You've been making it up... but your a professional you have to be good at taking photographs.

My whole world is shattered. ;)

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Freya

Diane and the Perfect Photograph

from: moonglade
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 03:39 pm (UTC)
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There was a whole art movement at one stage of people who went around just randomly snapping things, I can't remember what it was called, I think it was quite big in the czech republic. Sometimes they didn't even look thru the viewfinder I think, then they looked to see which ones they thought were good, they basically acted as editors throwing away all the bad shots and now and again there was something special. Digital cameras should be even better for that!

The whole proffesional thing is a load of nonsense, just a capitalist way of making you buy endless new stuff to try and be more professional or something, same with music.

The important thing is creativity and what is in your heart and seeing a good image or picture and stuff, all the technical stuff doesn't really matter. The other day I was having a conversation where someone was saying how good a picture was because I was in good focus and the other things were far away and stuff (they meant "depth of field") they were saying what a good photographer my friend was to have got all the settings right. My friend has done some photography and has a very nice camera with all such settings, but I didn't have the heart to explain that actually she was using a point and shoot APS camera that day! :)

The thing about being a perfectionist is you will never do anything. The world is not perfect and you can infinitely make improvements, and when you do this kind of thing (with music at least) you often reach a point where you lose the soul and life from the music because you have spent so long perfecting it you have removed the special natural things from it. I bet photographs are like that too. It's best to just do the best you feel up to at the time and go from there.

Your pictures are probably more natural and show the event as it was than a lot of professional pictures which would have used photographic tricks to make things appear a certain way. Very often those pictures are the frauds! :)

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Diane Trout

Re: Diane and the Perfect Photograph

from: alienghic
date: Oct. 14th, 2001 01:01 am (UTC)
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> The whole proffesional thing is a load of
> nonsense, just a capitalist way of making you
> buy endless new stuff to try and be more
> professional or something, same with music.


I was thinking that in addition to that, people doing art want it to be thought of as hard to do so as to cut down on their competition.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 07:29 pm (UTC)
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women who are doing things that matter so often feel like frauds in our society.
i think it's another way to try to keep us from continuing with them.

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