Off to greener pastures .... this place is full of non-photographers

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Off to greener pastures .... this place is full of non-photographers
Dec 1, 2012

DPReview used to be a great place, full of informative, useful threads.

However recently it has become ever increasingly a place of people becoming obsessed with non-issues, or with people who really shouldn't be owning expensive cameras (I recently saw a thread on here by a D4 owner looking to take his D4 to Disneyland but didn't know what lens to take !)

I'm not a pro, but I am an amateur of a reasonable level that also appreciates the results that good equipment is able to give in the right hands.

There was a professional photographer at a conference I was recently at, I noticed he was shooting with a humble D700 and a variety of push-pull lenses that most people on this forum would spit at and complain about dust and lack of f-stops.

I'll put my hand up and say I was curious as to whether this guy was really a pro.

So I shared a lunch with him.  Didn't ask about his equipment at all, but just chatted generally and he pulled out his iPad from his camera bag and showed me his portfolio across all his work (theatre, conferences, landscape and his personal holiday snaps just showing his kids running on the beach etc.).  Some HDR, some non-HDR, some B&W .... a true portfolio and simply stunning, beautifully composed, beautiful lighting.    I had a great conversation with him.... a true conversation about the finer details of his images, about his choices to use B&W for some of them etc. ... not like many of you on here whose first question is "what combo did you use with that ?", or the useless "great shot" comments on photos that are not great.

To be perfectly frank, what he showed me put 99% of you gearheads on this forum to shame.  He works without a tripod, without flash... just handheld, even in dark situations, with nothing but a D700 and "cheap" variable stop lenses.

Pretty much sums up the old adage, that its not the camera but the photographer that gets the results.  If you're a non-pro... you probably almost certainly don't need the latest and greatest body and you could probably do without the heavy 2.8 lenses too.  Spend the money on getting training to help you take better photos and more exciting photos than poorly composed snaps of your dog / cat / baby / whatever that you could have taken on your iPhone.

I know this thread will probably get shot down in a flame-war .... just like most other people recently who have posted their honest feelings about the sad, sad, state of this forum.   But I don't care.  I'm outta here, off to greener pastures on another forum (or two) where true photographers hang out and where I can expect to learn more about the art that is photography.  Photography is an art afterall, not just a gadget collection competition.

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