Playing around with depth of field and I think I finally get it?

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tedolf Forum Pro • Posts: 28,297
Re: Beginners Questions &Answers! IQ vs EQ

jlina wrote:

Hi Ted, how are you doing?


I posted something similar to this on the Panasonic thread and I want to just put this out there on the beginners forum.

Everyone talks about IQ and Qi in terms of photos. There is also IQ in terms of intellect and EQ in terms of emotional intelligence for humans.

on the other forum someone suggested I simply use a cell phone and quit trying or that if I kept going eventually I might get it. I'm sure they were very sincere in their suggestion. However my reply was that with this attitude photography will die!

If we do not encourage people to experiment and post their photos, if we do not applaud the efforts that are not perfect then we are not foisting an environment for the beginner photographer. Thus the formum is not functioning as it should. I actually found myself private messaging people with questions just to avoid the fractionated or opinionated responses here.

I've read plenty of books about depth of focus as well,

Which books! It would have only taken one and a few pages at that.

but watching what Lilly was doing was eye opening to me.


I've even drawn a few triangles and of course looked at plenty of charts. I get the concept but when I photograph something I did not get the 1/3 / 2/3 general rule.

They you did not read the right book. This is common knowledge.

Experience must go along with book learning.

Agreed. Usually, the book learning comes first.

She is not closed minded

Well she is, ask J A C K S.

and she is telling you that she is somewhat experienced and was excited to share her results with her willing audience.

Honestly. This is like somebody reporting on their science experiment demonstrating that water is wet.

However the willing audience is sometime in question for me. If people here only want to talk among the experts themselves then what is the purpose of allowing us beginners to ask questions?

Ask about stuff that is subjective, stuff that is a matter of opinion where getting comments is valuable. Asking this forum if 2+2 really equals four and then watching people argue about it is a waste of time. Besides, if you do a search you will see that it has already been asked and answered a million times.

I felt very much as if after a time I was told to shut up and sit down. And yes go read a book. and thank you for that suggestion I actually ordered the book.

You will enjoy it and learn a ton.

I hope you will take this into consideration in your future replies. I hope a lot of people will take this into consideration. I have seen people post a question and literally never come back and yet the thread will continue for 30 or 40 posts arguing with the terminology on a word specific to photography or intellect.

Exactly why reading about that subject from an expert it a better investment of time.

People here have a vast knowledge, encyclopediac I think.

A few do, many do not and some are just dead wrong.

but if we can't encourage people to post and share that knowledge the knowledge will die.

Really that is hyperbolic. We still have colleges, universities art schools and yes books.

The knowledge will not die.

Common sense is an altogether different issue.

Best wishes to you, have a fine day!


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