I’m staring at an empty document. About to write a piece for DS (DearSusan), which is suddenly derailed. I’ve allowed myself to become distracted midway through the opening sentence and now find it necessary to veer off to the Interwebs for a shot of inspiration.
And failed – as more distractions came along.
We don’t get a lot of negative feedback from our readers. Mostly, it’s interesting comments and helpful suggestions. Occasionally, one of us gets a bit of a roasting and in the interest(s) of honesty, we publish those comments too.
We’re hardly cognoscenti, but my ‘net trawl this particular morning got me wondering what response these headlines/posts might have drawn were they published here. And of course, I felt duty bound to reply.
Stop apologising for enjoying camera gear
Yes, I know we all love taking pictures, but the acquisition is also what it’s all about. In case you hadn’t sussed it yet.
Use an Interesting Foreground for Your Landscape Photo
How Long Will It Take You to Master Photography? (Part One)
A lifetime of learning, experimentation and enjoyment. One sentence. There’s a need for part two?
Eight Annoying Things Photographers Do That Harm the Industry
A complete how-not-to. If you need this kind of advice, you shouldn’t be a photographer anyway.
Summer Is Not as Bad as You Think for Landscape Photography
This is vital information?
What Can You Accomplish With a Barebones DSLR?
Just about anything you could achieve with a top-of-the-line DSLR, given a little time and some intellectual application.
Recognising and Managing Stress and Trauma as a Photographer
Amateur photography is about enjoyment. It’s a hobby. Pro photography is about making a living and if that stresses you, you shouldn’t be doing it.
Good Photography Decisions Start With Pre-Visualization
The opening sentence says; “One percent of great photographs are simple luck, being at the right place and time with a camera… the other 99% are the result of good decisions.” I think the author has it bass-ackwards. What’s your take?
The Crucial Role of the Smartphone Camera in a Photographer’s Pocket
The best camera is the one you have with you. Expect the phone camera to continue to evolve and eventually, heave most standalone systems to the kerb.
How to Make Some Money With Photography This Weekend
Seriously? Yes please.
And then, just when this piece was all written, gussied-up, ready for publication, this:
Who is the King of Compacts? Ricoh GR III vs Fuji X100F
Fellow DS-er Steve has a GR and I was interested to see the conclusion. Scroll, scroll, scroll past the various (and sensible) comparisons, to the end. The GR wins!
But hold on. The author owns a Fuji, but didn’t take the demo GR out of the shop.
So all this is a work of supposition and you expect me to give it any kind of credibility at all?
So, I’m a cynic and opinionated and have lots of my own ideas, but seriously, who could get any kind of inspiration from articles like “What Is Focal Length in Photography?” or “The problem with presets”?
In closing, I’m guessing that the shuttering of many and slowdown in other photo blogs might have its genesis in the content being flighted. So much so that if you even sense that we’re sliding down that slope, tell us and please don’t hold back.
The photographs in this post were all shot in Scotland during visits in recent years. Apologies if I’ve posted one or more before. Still, if anyone reading this doubts the magnificence of the region and its suitability for photography – think again!
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