Stop reading – go and shoot!

Stop reading – go and shoot!

Stop reading – go and shoot!

Today, a lot of resources have appeared on photography, including Russian-language ones, which cannot but rejoice. You can read there how to shoot with wires, here how to shoot weddings, and over there how to shoot in the dark, without light and a tripod. If you search the Russian-language part of the Internet, you will (I give my word) on any topic you will find an article or, at least, a thread on the forum, which, to a certain extent, will answer your question. But this is also good, but something else is bad …

It’s not at all bad that a lot of this is written by non-professionals – most professionals can’t wait for a free exchange of experience at all (at least in order to gather their audience and sell their services just as imperceptibly), with small and rare exceptions (you can’t go far we will – Igor Alekseev, Sergey Rodionov freely and share their thoughts, and they probably get good dividends from this, it’s just that their other colleagues in the shop do not understand this yet).

Another thing is bad – after reading the texts on the network, you can forget why exactly you started all this. But the reason was simple – to learn how to shoot, preferably well.

Once you start searching for information on a specific topic, over time you crawl into a terrible jungle, you start asking questions on the forums, what is better and how to do it right, replenish information-sensible channels with meaningless comments, instead of just going outside (or not even going out), take a picture and see how theory fits into practice. Or you can spend six months choosing a camera, make friends with photo forum regulars, subscribe to a dozen photography blogs, get into the jungle of photo tests, and as a result, get only the announcement of a new camera that is better than the one that has been hanging in your wish-list for the past six months. , and, as a result, do not buy anything or switch to a new model and replace the previous Wishlist with it.

When searching for information, you should not forget that the Internet is not only a means of exchanging information, but also a means of communication, and therefore, you should never forget why you came and what you are looking for, and having done this, leave. Moreover, remember that crawling through the expanses of the network, no matter how hard you try, you will not get practice. Yes, you can learn a lot on the Internet, but you can only learn theoretically – practice begins only after breaking away from the Internet, and you also need to train your hands. No matter how much you read, do not develop practical shooting skills. No matter how much you learn recommendations on how to achieve the desired facial expression from the model, until you yourself begin to communicate with her, you will not even understand how to undress her. You can look through the entire Flickr, Photosite, or even the godforsaken Best Russian Photoblog, and still not develop an aesthetic sense or a critical approach to your own photos – each one will seem like a masterpiece.

Now think about how much time you spent on the Internet trying to learn about some kind of shooting technique and how long did you train in this technique afterwards? A ratio of 1:1 and higher is already good, but if theoretically you comprehended the basics much more practice, the situation is simply critical, especially if after the very first frames you were disappointed and blamed the camera for everything. If you spend more time getting fairly simple information than shooting, searching for information actually steals masterpieces from you – after all, no one can rule out that you have talent, although only a few will be right. Think about how much time you wasted instead of finding an interesting shot. Have you read about shooting with wiring? And how many shots of moving cars were then taken? Have you learned the basic shooting modes? Why are you still shooting on the machine then? Did you twist the zoom ring properly to make the zoom explosion effect? How many times? Have you read Rodionov? Have you used his charts? And Sergey also gives tasks – did you complete them? I am sure that most of them just read and passed by (this, by the way, can be seen from the Flickr pool – only a few, including me, post tasks there), without even bothering to download not only their brains, but also their hands.

Understand, you can’t be a theoretician and at the same time be called the proud name of “photographer”, just as you can’t be a correspondence boxer. In principle, no one will say a word to you if you just read, but you can’t say that you are wasting your time, because you can’t just be “interested in photography”. Be honest with yourself: if you just read photography books, photography blogs, and then discuss the information you receive on forums or blogs without putting it into practice, you are a critic (or a critic, but that doesn’t matter). If you want to be a photographer, you will have to shoot much more than you read and write, because the photographer is the one who shoots, and photography is an art, first of all, practical.

If all of the above caught your attention, perhaps you will heed a few of our tips, and the art of photography will appear before you in a different light …

if you read about a photographic technique, after reading, be sure to spend more time practicing with it than reading, whether you think it is necessary or not
if you choose a camera, do not fool yourself and others: choose two or three models, go to the store and hold each one in your hands, without listening to the seller, buy the most convenient one – no need to climb and look at the noise map, a bunch of conflicting reviews, all cameras are the same are the same, and their main goal is to be able to respond to keystrokes
the frame is built in the brain, but it turns out after the shutter is released – if you do not shoot, there will be no bad shots (there will be no good ones either, really); the brain tends to forget even images, and with age more and more
when searching the Internet, do not confuse the Internet as a means of communication and a source of information
participate in free ideological parties for photographers (I just want to quote our strobist bullshit), go offline more often
do not think that sitting at a computer and signing up for photography courses, you will become a good photographer for only tens of thousands of rubles – they become photographers on their own
close this page with your browser right now (there is nothing useful here anyway) and go shoot
do not listen to advice about shooting “NNN shots a day” – shoot only when an idea arises and implement it
carry a camera with you at all times (in most cases, even a phone is enough), if a large one, you can buy a small one in addition
look around, notice interesting points, dependencies, lines, color contrasts, capture everything on a camera that you always have at hand
forget everything you read here, set a visual image for yourself and just shoot – no book will teach you how to shoot, not to mention blogs
Otherwise, just good luck