Three Quick Questions vs The Enjoyment of Photography

Started Jan 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
CharlesB58 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,160
Re: Three Quick Questions vs The Enjoyment of Photography

Great Bustard wrote:

CharlesB58 wrote:

Perhaps you should consider that for the great majority of people, the enjoyment of both taking and viewing photos is based on emotional response, not intellectual grasp of technical principles? With that in mind, maybe most people simply don't consider your attempts at "education" to be as important as you consider it to be?

I honestly don't see understanding the technical to be at odds with the enjoyment of photography. Does know what horsepower means interfere with the enjoyment of driving a car?

For instance: I've reached the conclusion that your "3 quick questions" directed to me were less about learning my point of view or opening up mutual dialog as much as simply a way for you to set the stage for your own efforts at showing us all your depth of knowledge. If that's the case, you're simply patronizing people here. If I'm mistaken, then understand my perspective:

Here are the "3 quick questions" I posed to Charles:

  • Do f/2.8 1/100 ISO 200 and f/5.6 1/100 ISO 800 have the same exposure?
  • If you answer "yes", which is the "correct" exposure? If you answer "no", why are the exposures different?
  • Why do we care about exposure at all?

Why someone would accuse me of "patronizing" when those questions were in response to:

It can be a matter of perceived semantics.

GB, you are using the term "exposure", I think, as in "I made an exposure of the sun shining through the trees". In that usage, including factors such as depth of field, blur et al is relevant.

is puzzling. If the term "exposure" is a matter of "semantics", then those Three Quick Questions would get to the bottom of it rather quickly, wouldn't it?

Charles continues:

As far as I'm concerned the technical aspects of the difference between exposure and brightness are, and always will be, secondary to how my final images look. Photography is an art form which depends heavily on technology. As such, it attracts a lot of technology minded people (who aren't necessarily adept at the artistic aspect of photography.) The technology is secondary to the intention of the photographer in producing the image. That goal is invariably to communicate information and/or evoke certain, often specific, emotions and thoughts in the viewer. The average person is only impressed by technique to the degree it stimulates or aids the emotional response they have to the image.

If the technical didn't matter, Charles, we'd all be using the camera in auto mode and call it a day.

Belaboring points about technical aspects, without adequately demonstrating how they will aid in the actual purpose of the photograph, is like explaining how an internal combustion engine works to someone who simply wants directions to get across town.

If I'm not mistaken, this is a technical forum, is it not? Wjy so snippy on a discussion of the technical matters of photography? There are other forums to discuss the artistic end in, not that one cannot do that in this forum, but to chastize me for discussing a technical point in a technical forum, well...

LOL GB, you should look up the definition of "obtuse". I didn't say the technical didn't matter: I said you belabor a point that not everyone takes as seriously as you do.

So what do you do?

You start a whole new thread with the potential of belaboring the point, but which I think is really an attempt to defend yourself against criticism that you can't handle.

You see, you have committed 3 of the many Fundamental Acts of Trolling:

1. You twist my statements through partial quotes and disregarding what was actually said.

2. You infer meanings I never made.

3. You exaggerate or fictionalize the emotional content of my statements.

So you have started an entire thread to try to take me to task personally, but not so cleverly trying to make it look like you are asking "innocent" questions.


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