Photography is a great past time. It takes you places, causes you to deeply observe what is happening, even during a pandemic.
In photography, there are hundreds of thousands of social media channels and publications dedicated to keeping up with the latest ‘newness’ in photographic technology.
My view on cameras, food, martial arts and pretty much everything is that the pursuit of mastery makes for a worthwhile lifestyle that connects choice and achievement.
So, when I recently bought a new camera, it seemed useful to join discussion forums to learn more to become better at photography.
What followed was astonishing.
Dysfunction in Numbers
Searching for others like me in photography I joined online groups, hoping to learn with and from people as we embraced a new camera brand and equipment.
Wow was I naïve.
Here and there professional photographers shared really usable insights. I am grateful to them for their generosity. That was too rare.
The real “aha” was realizing few people seemed really interested in actual skill development.
They had a Visa card, a sense of entitlement and were searching for the fastest, easiest way to create pro-level photos without actual learning or effort. In essence, searches for how to find a way NOT to become more skilful.
One day a particularly gifted photographer wrote: “I have older, less sophisticated equipment than you do and have never had the problems you are describing. Seems to me the issue is not the equipment”.
Bingo! Face Palm Smack – AKA What My Dad Taught Me
My father was going through aircraft machinist training in southern England following WW2, and had to face the most challenging test: to create a near-perfect sphere from a solid cube of aluminum using 4 basic tools:
· 1 hacksaw
· 1 file
· 1 sheet Emory cloth (metal sandpaper)
· 1 micrometer.