Do you talk to your therapist about your hatred of overdone HDR shots? Are you kept up at night by bokeh overload? What about that deep rooted urge to punch those strobist geeks square in the jaw? If you’re conflicted by any of these issues, or by any other deep rooted hatred of your fellow photographers, I have the solution…
Get Over Yourself!
When it comes to photography I hear people complaining about all sorts of things, hell, I complain a good deal myself. Someone is always trash talking the bokeh groups, shitting on the pictures of kittens, or picking on those cute little Lego guys performing various little Lego guy things. If we are talking Flickr, people are always bitching about the photos that make Explore and they can’t believe that their picture didn’t. How dare the Flickr staff not hand pick their photo out of the millions uploaded that day?
I’ve been on hiatus for a few months, not taking many pictures, but I’ve been keeping up with that’s going on. I’ve been trolling Flickr, stalking photographers on Twitter and Facebook. More importantly, I’ve been thinking about my own work, or lack thereof. In my journey I’ve been talking about photography with a friend that is new to it, someone going through all of it for the first time. It’s given me a perspective on photography that I didn’t have before, or that I haven’t had in a long time.
At one point we were all at a stage, photographically, where bokeh is cool, where your new puppy is the subject of every other photo you post. We all go through the steps in our own way, it’s a process. It’s like learning anything new, like walking. First we need to figure out how to roll our fat baby asses over, then eventually sit up, crawl, all this before we finally get to wobbling around our houses. Along the way we fall, a lot!
Anything we do from the time we pick up a camera, to the time we either stop taking pictures is a stepping point. We take it all in step by step and for a lot of people it’s fun to experiment, to find yourself. It’s a fun way to learn about how a lens works or how your camera will react to light and shadows.
Think about the Strobist group, or other groups like that. Those photographers, myself included, will put the Strobist info into their descriptions to show off their mad lighting skills. They are just at a different point than someone else in their photographic journey. Lighting isn’t anything new, it’s been around forever but it’s kind of the same thing if we really think about it. We’re in that, just figured out bokeh but don’t know what depth of field really is stage, just at a higher lever.
In either case it takes some skill and a good eye to make all work together. Those people, you, me, we’re all showing off but if it get’s our rocks off then good for them, good for us, good for you. While there may not be a need for another bokeh group you know people want to feel important or feel needed, and creating a group is a way to get that feeling. The important thing to me is the end result, the image, what does the picture mean to the person taking it?
Sometimes I just try to remember that there are millions of people on Flickr, even more shooting pictures we’ll never see. From the nine year old girls, to the 90 year old pervs. There is something out there for everyone and we are all doing something different, this makes it better for everyone. It’s the diversity that I like…