I decided to let the other county fair photos that I mentioned in the last post let lay on the cutting room floor for now. I wasn’t getting much out of them so it’s best to leave them in hiding for now. I may revisit them at a later date, just to double-check if I like them. There is nothing wrong with the photos technically and that is where I am kind of drawing the line. A technically good photo isn’t always a good photo and sometimes I have to mercilessly edit myself. There are already too many lame photos out there.
I peruse a number of camera gear forums and it seems I inundated with technically good photos of nothing. I am guilty as anyone of snapping photos of stuff (see todays photo ;-)) just for the sake of seeing how “great” it is technically and how “great” my camera/lens performed in taking the photo. But after a while I get tired of clicking on a post only to find a “great” photo of someone’s lamp, or kid, or streetlights, or stuffed animals (usually in low light to show how great the high ISO looks), etc., etc., etc.. Looking at test chart photos in reviews just hurts my eyes. I want to see real photos, thank you.
I totally get the excitement one haves when the gear they purchased performs well, but I don’t understand how they can’t at least attempt to put some Photography 101 lessons to use and try to use a little composition to make the photo a little interesting. I have scads of test photos that I shoot around the house when I get a new piece of gear, just to get the hang of it and find its strengths and weaknesses, but I have never felt the need to publish them for all the world to see. Once I know the gear somewhat I then head out and try to take real photographs. Even then I still need a little real world use before I am comfortable with the gear. Before I buy gear I do look to forums and blogs and try to do a little research. It’s really hard for me to separate the photographer from the photograph but on occasion I have liked the way a photo rendered a subject enough to look into the gear that was used. I always give more credit to the photographer than the gear. I don’t think I ever looked at a lamp photo taken at high ISO and made a decision that I liked a piece of gear. But, in turn, I have seen well composed travel photos that piqued my interest on the gear used.
My recent change to Fujifilm was in part because of all of the great photography I was seeing done with it and I liked the look of the photos. Their claim to fame with the X-Trans sensor is the color, among other things, and it does have a “look” to it that I like, even though I shoot for black and white more often. But the lenses were the main reason for the switch and I haven’t been disappointed yet. I have some more on the way and I can’t wait to try some test shots! 😉