As with any subject there are many myths about photography. My goal with this blog is to debunk those misconceptions and inform you of the truth about photography and photographers.
Myth #1: Photography is easy.
Photography isn’t easy. Training and practice are both necessary and helpful to get you own your way to being a successful photographer. Photography, like any other art form, is in the eye of the beholder. For example, reviewing my Photography: One Size Doesn’t Fit All blog, you can see the different views each photographer can have even when shooting the same person in the same location. We each see things differently; angles, lighting, shadows, outfits, the way our client poses, etc. This is why most people who pick up a camera and think it’s easy quickly realize that when they shoot a photograph in “automatic mode,” that some things may be blurred, the focus is off, the angle isn’t flattering or creative enough to spark the “WOW” factor. It’s not to say someone can’t learn and some may start off better than others, but like true art, photography is in the eye of the beholder.
Myth #2: Success of a photograph relies on the subject.
It’s reasonable to believe that a beautiful subject would automatically equate with a beautiful picture. However, if you again review my blog Photography: One Size Doesn’t Fit All, I mention that the same subject can be photographed by many and the end result differ for each. A true professional photographer is going to move you, direct you, make you laugh, or make you feel comfortable in your pose to get an authentic and natural look. Sometimes you get really lucky and you have a subject that has shot different types of photos with various photographers, but that doesn’t mean you don’t direct them to fit your view and idea for the shoot. I take beautiful headshots or portraits of men and women of all different size, shapes, ages and ethnicity. All of them are beautiful photos because I provide direction and give my subject the confidence.
Myth #3: Expensive camera equates with great photos.
While expensive equipment can yield great photos if used skillfully and properly, it’s not the camera, but the photographer that makes the photograph great. Photography Isn’t about just pointing a camera at something and shooting. It takes the eye of the photographer, not the eye of the camera, to make the subject great. The photographer sees things with a creative perspective, uses light, angles, and positions the camera and subject just so to capture the perfect photograph. So, yes, an expensive camera can be beneficial for taking better photographs, but it’s the photographer that makes the photos great.
Myth #4: If you shoot 1,000 pictures you’re bound to have a few good ones.
So this myth is partly true, but rather ineffective. You can take hundreds, or thousands of pictures, and just possibly end up with a few good ones, but who really has time for that? Not the client and surely not the photographer; especially considering the photographer has to sort through all of those pictures just to find the good ones. The more experience obtained, the less photos will have to be taken; the ratio of photos taken to usable images gets better. Experience is learning how to work with the subject, knowing angles, and using the light to your advantage.
Myth #5: A “real” photographer always creates near-perfect images SOOC*.
*Straight out of Camera
Sometimes a photograph comes out absolutely amazing straight out of the camera, but even the best of photos need a little tweaking. Every clients’ needs are different, enter editing to perfect your photograph to match your needs; whether it’s adding a graphic, removing blemishes, or enhancing the color to make a flat, one-dimensional photograph pop. Also it must be considered that a bird or random person may unwittingly photobomb your perfect image. These things can’t always be helped, so instead of tossing an imperfect picture and seeking a perfect SOOC photo, editing can save your image and save you time!
Myth #6: You’re only a “real” photographer if you work in a studio.
Having a studio can be beneficial for a photographer, but it can also be limiting. As a photographer, it’s important to be versatile and flexible to meet the demands of a variety of clients. A studio can be important, but it can also restricting if the photographer is expecting the client to come to them. Mobility for a photographer allows a wider range of clientele. Crystal Clear Photography is versatile in this manner; because I am mobile, I can come to you.
Myth #7: Every photo is a photograph.
Photography is defined as the art of taking photographs. A photograph is not simply a picture; it is a work of art. In this day and age of social media, selfies, and smartphones with built in cameras, we’re losing sight of what is a true photograph. When you’re scrolling through your social media feed and you stop on an image, say for arguments sake it’s from Business Insider, and you just look and say WOW; that’s because it’s a photograph not just a photo. A photographer timed that image, that light, that subject to give you an overall sensation that you can’t get from just a selfie. That is why, even though camera phones are becoming a little more advance and getting your hands on Photoshop is easier, that the everyday man or woman are still hiring a photographer. It’s for that crisp, clear look; maybe with a flare of drama, depth, or just the simple look in someone’s eye that knocks your socks off, that makes you feel something.
So, we’ll end with this:
A picture is a simple reminder of a moment; a photograph is a time capsule to that moment.
As a photographer, I want you to know these truths and shed the light on these myths so that you can make the correct and informed decision to hire me to capture your moments.