A few observations.

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Daisy AU
Daisy AU Senior Member • Posts: 1,565
Re: A few observations.

happysnapper64 wrote:

Daisy AU wrote:

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. It would seem that they have not even read the original post and certainly do not understand the original question.

I listen to other people, sometimes in a camera club situation prattling on about how superior their camera is. Only to find that one year 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.

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.

Hi Daisy. It seems you & I have had about the same amount of time with digital photography [just over 18 months for me] I joined DPR 5 months after buying my first camera. Most have had experience with phone cams, or P&S before coming on to DSLR. I had absolutely non. I joined on the recomendation of the manager of the local camera store. I did have 1 or 2 pretty impatient replies to "beginners questions", probably forgetting that they were beginners once themselves. However, the overwhelming majority have been, & continue to be, very supportive & patient. There are a few who I keep in touch with via PM's, & have become internet friends. I am glad I joined. The personal touch sometimes keeps me going, as I have had some difficult personal times, & have been treated warmly by many. Bad manners are inexcuseable, but unfortunately, are a fact of life on a large forum such as this.

Hi Lee,

I agree that many members take incredible time and are very generous when responding to beginners.  Others, though, go into an endless "argument" with some, just to tell one "your are wrong, I'm right" sort of thing.  Immaturity and disrespect come to mind.

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