When we had film in the form of a rolls of negatives photography was so hard to took more care of choosing the right image to capture. You saw the odd person with a camera if you were lucky.
How the world has changed to a digital dilemma. When you learn the hard way using just your brain cells you were born with things take time to sink in, some quicker than others.
I sat with a man yesterday who I met 7 years ago who likes photography like me. We got onto the subject of Social media, and groups and websites wher the average beginner to the Professional post images for suposingly us to enjoy, to Inspire.
He tells me a very familiar story about his Sparrow hawk that comes to his garden, spending time to make the visit for the bird more inviting he puts out food for it. The idea comes from his love for Photography. He gets many images of it landing and some that are worth publishing.
He decides to join a Website beginning with F. He is excepted into the group and he posts 2 images that in his eyes are Stunning. He posts and after a day he has no likes or comments but 100 people have veiwed it.
He is confused when he sees on the same website another image of the same bird slightly out of focus nowhere near the quality of his image but the photograph gets 20 comments how good it is.
One word I said JELOUSY I said. The photography world has become a playground for everyone to congregate and post images with no thought effort planning or dedication what there actually trying to achieve.
But you get drawn into the playground and that you left. So this blog is linked to my F account so my friends that appreciate my work can follow what I do the stories I out behind most images. So when you see comments on a bird in flight small and fast stating that you can’t achieve the same with the camera I own, my Blood Boils.
I try my hardest not to get annoyed but the person who spent £6000 on his equipment has not got any photography knowledge skill experience how to use the camera. So he tells people it’s the wrong camera to buy, people all round the world will read that and will be put off
Yes I should stay clear but I want to help and share my knowledge, true knowledge I have learned over the years after many hours of didication practice and blurred images.
So I get drawn in and post this image.
So within an hour not expecting any feedback I get 2 comments one saying it’s the best image they have seen on the group. Another says nothing positive about the image just says What Are Your Settings.
So I post my settings, I don’t have to but it could help someone who has read the negative review about the camera and lens.
I state I Use Manual Mode in part of my settings, a person comes back and writes Manual!!! Focus. So he or she doesn’t know the very basics of Photography in that when you shoot images with most cameras today what ever make you have 4 Primary settings that have been around for hundreds of years. A for Aperture, S for Shutter P Programme and the hardest one of all M for Manual meaning you tell the camera The ISO Shutter And Aperture you want to use.
So the playground is over populated with normal people you haven’t got the basics of Photography, the playground has other people who have money that buy the best equipment money can buy but can’t get a good in focus picture so they give out negative reviews on the equipment.
Then in another part of the playground you have the people on the roundabout bent on causing arguments buy being rude or offensive to the image someone tried so hard to get. They don’t own a Camera they join the group because there are 100k in the group and know it’s a good playground to cause trouble.
On the Swings there are the ones who are just bored nothing else to do, no hobbies or interests just sit on the phone, tablet, or PC looking how many groups they can join.
Stood outside the fence looking into the crowded playground are the genuine Photographer’s doing something they love trying to learn from mistakes they make, so they learn from them
Why do you never see anyone asking Why Don’t I Get Comments. It’s Simple your image is Fantastic and they have nothing to say, jealous and angry who have spoilt there day
Do what you want for yourself and not for others