What's really important in photography...???

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Holger Bargen Veteran Member • Posts: 3,732
Re: What's really important in photography...???

kiwi2 wrote:

Reading through some of this thread a few days ago had me shaking my head as it was just like watching some Ken Wheeler Youtube videos...



At the end of the day I think people need to ask themselves just how important is all this technical discussion and how much of a difference will it actually make to the quality of the photos in someone's album.

As a stark contrast to the Ken Wheelers of the photography world, watch this video of an actual real photographer...


I like how he says "So you have basically four or five things that are critical - Composition, light, subject, texture, form."

Funnily enough I didn't notice Tom Mangelsen mentioning anywhere about ETTR or sensor saturation.

Now I realise that having an understanding of one aspect on photography is not mutually exclusive of having an understanding of the other aspects of photography.

But I do wonder if people that put too much focus on the trivial technicalities of camera equipment lose sight of the bigger picture and don't spend as much thought on the more important aspects to creating great imagery.

I think your view on photography (and your leading us back to it) is important. I shoot with Pentax camera which don not have an EVF. All I can control with the viewfinder is:

Composition, light, subject, texture, form.

I am glad about this situation as there is no risk of being distracted by details not being important for photography.

One thing is important for me as additional information and help to set the triangle aperture-exposuretime-ISO correctly: the histogram. I don't have it in the viewfinder but I always take a test photo first and have a look at the histogram - and here I am not interested in the overall histogram but in the histogram by channel (red, green, blue). If my settings allow to store full information with each photo I know that I am right.

Most of the time I work in full manual mode. I am glad to have a sensor inside my K1 that gives me enormous dynamic range. This way I have some room for underexposure that will recover without problems in postprocessing.

In the field I am doing pure photography - at the computer I am doing the exposure and all of the setting. This is a workflow that works great to me.

Best regards


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