A few observations.

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Lance B
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Re: A few observations.
In reply to Richard the picture man, May 23, 2013

Richard the picture man wrote:

I look, I read, but mostly I listen.

One thing I read once (in a Readers Digest I think) was that of all interchangeable lens cameras sold, over 70% were used for up to two months after purchase (probably for a holiday trip) and never used again.

From reading the forums here, those people asking for advice nearly always ask for advice regarding Nikon v Canon. It would seem that other brands do not exist.

Several of these people give me the impression that they truly believe spending more money = taking better pictures. Moreover some of the repliers tend to foster and encourage that belief.

I also get the impression that many newcomers (not all ) have a marked disinclination to actually start their hobby at the beginning. Very few of them want to truly learn about things like  depth of field, perspective compression, Hyperfocal distance, panning, pre focusing etc. It seems as if they want to buy a camera, set it to scene mode and fire away. No wonder they get bored after just a few months.

There are people on this site and of course other sites, giving out advice that is incorrect and misleading. They do not know how little they really know.

I listen to other people, sometimes in a camera club situation prattling on about how superior their camera is. Only to find that six months later they have left photography for some other hobby.

As someone who has derived enormous pleasure from photography and would wish the same pleasure to all newcomers, it saddens me that we photographers have allowed this situation to develop. Years ago we had the desire and discipline to learn  but not the superb equipment we have now. These days we have the super equipment but very few people with the desire and discipline to make the effort and learn.

Because when we were younger back in the film days, you actually had to work at just about everything to make something worthwhile, whether it be photography, writing (no computers), repairing cars or actually making something.

Now, we are told by companies and taught in schools that they can do everything for us and look after us. However, when we get these new fangled gadgets, we find that they can't do everything for us and we actually have still to do much ourselves, ie come up with ideas to take photos, have some knowledge and have some input and that makes it all too hard for many and they become disillusioned with their gadget and move on to something easier, like Facebook, Twitter, point and shoot cameras, making sure they hip, ie no substance, just the illusion of looking good.

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Regards - Richard
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