A few observations.

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Richard the picture man Veteran Member • Posts: 3,036
Re: A few observations.

Good thoughts, thanks.  I'm fairly new to photography, although I'm 54.  Everything I have learnt so far about photography over the last 2 years, has been out of my own accord, no formal training, no internet course, etc.  I have read countless books, reviews, articles, etc. and I have very much enjoyed it.

What has surprised me most since participating in this forum, is the impatience displayed by some. Maybe because those people are too young or couldn't care less, except being 'right'. Additionally, some lack the understanding that for some people, photography will never become their livelihood (because they have a different career) and it's just a hobby, which should be perfectly acceptable.

From my observation, many members have incredible technical knowledge, however, in my opinion, quite a few lack 'people skills' when participating in forums like this.  The 'tone' of their comments is in many occasions quite harsh, arrogant and off-putting.  It becomes very much a "one-upmanship" situation ... and that is what saddens me.

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Daisy AU - Brisbane

Thank you Daisy, it is refreshing to know there are others, who see things the same way as I do.  There is no doubt about the amazing spread of photographic knowledge on this site. There is also no doubt  about the amazing lack of good manners and thoughtlessness exhibited by some individuals. Thankfully they are very much a tiny minority,but perhaps you have heard the saying "Empty kettles make the most noise", however the vast majority of people on dpreview are thoughtful and very helpful.

When things go of course, it is nearly always through over enthusiasm for the hobby they have chosen and the gear they own. There is no problem in that, as far as I am concerned.

Just had a quick look at your flickr account. They look like interesting pictures, and I will go and have another look later, when I have more time to enjoy them.

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Regards - Richard
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