dumb/newbie things you thought when you were first getting into photography?

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May 10, 2012

What are some dumb thoughts you had as a person JUST getting into photography?

I remember when I was shopping for my first point and shoot, I was torn between a Canon and Panasonic P&S....I remember being so exact over every detail that, on product images online, I even counted the "color" of the lens as a pro or con. That is, the color of the actual glass (which, I of course now realize isn't a permanent characteristic but just a product-image gloss companies add to their images)

e.g. the green/blue tints here:

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&gbv=2&biw=1211&bih=683&tbm=isch&tbnid=0aBMjSI_VYrrmM:&imgrefurl=http://www.photographyblog.com/news/canon_digital_ixus_80_is_powershot_sd1100_is_elph&docid=GnmWJY-1I60hRM&imgurl=http://www.photographyblog.com/images/products/canon_digital_ixus_80_is_1.jpg&w=400&h=300&ei=LT6rT_uyKYeq8ATUwIwa&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=751&vpy=273&dur=447&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=164&ty=67&sig=106085184754102033291&page=1&tbnh=148&tbnw=197&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0,i:90

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When I switched to digital, my first camera was a Sony Mavica. It had a slot to insert a 3.5" floppy for memory. I thought that was really cool.

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What are some dumb thoughts you had as a person JUST getting into photography?

I remember when I was shopping for my first point and shoot, I was torn between a Canon and Panasonic P&S....I remember being so exact over every detail that, on product images online, I even counted the "color" of the lens as a pro or con. That is, the color of the actual glass (which, I of course now realize isn't a permanent characteristic but just a product-image gloss companies add to their images)

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Film days, art director in an ad agency, had a twin-lens-reflex East German Rollei knockoff. I believed I could accurately spot-meter anything! Right. After a few embarrassing failures, got some good free advice from an older pro -- 'Bracket, you idiot! Film's cheap!' So right, particularly compared to the cost of re-shooting a job.

His advice paid off on an ad for a large hotel chain -- about an expensive Easter brunch -- where the tablecloth was white, the silverware medium-gray, and the caviar, well, jet black. Bracket, idiot! And it worked out just fine.

Today, if I were doing this for a living, I would still bracket -- even with auto exposure and built-in highly accurate spot meters.

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I came into photography "stone cold" with no interest at all, it really was that "sudden". However, in the past, I would go into electronics stores & see the prices of cameras, lenses etc, & say "Who the would pay that much for a glorified polaroid??? What a waste of money" The answer is ME. lee uk

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I promised my wife that the first slr I bought (a Beseler Auto 100, which most of you have never heard of) would be the only camera I'd buy.

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I took pictures of EVERYTHING and thought they were super artistic. I didn't realize how silly it was until I saw a TV ad making fun of people who do that.

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Good idea for a thread!

For me, it was probably not asking myself "what do you want to photograph and why?". This led to "reflex" (pardon the pun) action: certain situations triggered in me an urge to take a picture, and I did, as my family was always encouraging of "recording the moment". Except that, having an SLR and multipe lenses, I tried to make those pictures look more the ones that professionals take.

It took me 25 years, but when i finally tried to put into words my own answer to that question, it was like a veil was lifted from my vision. (I am an amateur and the answer was "I want to photograph special moments in my life, in such a way that seeing the photos will evoke the experience of those moments"; I know, it can sound like fancy words for taking snapshots, but it works for me).

Suddenly I knew not only what gear I needed (much simpler than the set-up I used to carry around) but what sorely needed my attention, like composition, lighting, etc.

Photography has been a real joy for me since this realization.

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jj74e wrote:

That is, the color of the actual glass (which, I of course now realize isn't a permanent characteristic but just a product-image gloss companies add to their images)

e.g. the green/blue tints here:

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&gbv=2&biw=1211&bih=683&tbm=isch&tbnid=0aBMjSI_VYrrmM:&imgrefurl=http://www.photographyblog.com/news/canon_digital_ixus_80_is_powershot_sd1100_is_elph&docid=GnmWJY-1I60hRM&imgurl=http://www.photographyblog.com/images/products/canon_digital_ixus_80_is_1.jpg&w=400&h=300&ei=LT6rT_uyKYeq8ATUwIwa&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=751&vpy=273&dur=447&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=164&ty=67&sig=106085184754102033291&page=1&tbnh=148&tbnw=197&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0,i:90

The colour of the glass is significant. But I wouldn't let it influence my purchasing decisions.

Normally, the reflection from glass is colourless - the reflections look white. But each and every surface of the individual lens elements can reflect light, and that adds up to a lot of reflected light bouncing around. It both reduces the efficiency - if the light is reflected back, it doesn't arrive at the sensor, and creates flare and loss of contrast.

To reduce this problem, the lens surfaces are coated in a highly advanced way. Ideally this would stop all the reflections completely. The coloured light you see is that which was not fully suppressed by the coating.

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That shooting at f/2.8 on my digital P&S was the same as shooting at f/2.8 on my film SLR. Though I quickly learned otherwise.

That pushing---or worse, pulling---JPEGs was anywhere near a good idea. That one took me a bit longer.

That people around me acted friendly and welcoming when I did street photography because they were open to it and recognized the value of trying to make art, rather than just me being an attractive and fit 18-years-old. Amazing how much things change when you stop working out and gain some extra weight.

That this would be a cheap hobby. Yes, really. And no, I don't know what could've possibly given me that idea.
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jbf wrote:

When I switched to digital, my first camera was a Sony Mavica. It had a slot to insert a 3.5" floppy for memory. I thought that was really cool.

It was, sadly Sony went downhill from then on!
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What are some dumb thoughts you had as a person JUST getting into photography?

I remember when I was shopping for my first point and shoot, I was torn between a Canon and Panasonic P&S....I remember being so exact over every detail that, on product images online, I even counted the "color" of the lens as a pro or con. That is, the color of the actual glass (which, I of course now realize isn't a permanent characteristic but just a product-image gloss companies add to their images)

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