10 Reasons Why You Suck at Photography
Please be advised that the contents below are frank, sarcastic, aggressive, and straight to the point that might not be suitable for your reading preference or you may find it offensive and invalid. So if you’re not ready, please don’t read it.
1) You didn’t read the manual
This is the usual case when people simply ignore the manuals included in the package. First thing you’re going to do is to unwrap your camera and start playing with it.
“Hell yeah! I just need to set it to Auto mode, point it to the subject and press the shutter button! Very easy!”
But after several test shots, you realized that your photos are blurred, underexposed, overexposed, or out of focus. The next stupid thing you’re going to do is to get your ass online, ask questions in the forum and wait for replies. For Christ sake…. read your manual!
2) You don’t accept comments and criticism
You are nothing but a stubborn and arrogant human being if you don’t accept “CNC” or comments and criticism from other photographers. If you don’t want other people to criticize your work, then don’t post it!
3) You know nothing about basic framing, lighting and composition
You should know that snapshot and photography is like an orange and apple. Taking a picture becomes a photography when you apply those 3 important points which are framing, lighting and composition. There are lots of basic photography tutorials over the internet that give you no room for excuses.
You may want to visit this site to know more about it:
4) You buy accessories that you don’t even know its purpose
Just because your friend bought a filter, doesn’t mean that you also need to buy one for yourself.
“Hey, I bought a CPL filter but when I shoot landscape at daytime, the sky is still overexposed.”
Obviously, because you need a GND filter and not a CPL.
Before buying an accessory for your camera, make sure that you know its purpose and you are able to utilize it.
5) You keep on joining a newbie crowd
You keep on joining a newbie crowd for the sake of being the so called “Overlord” in the group is just plain stupid. Impressing them with your average shots makes you think that your photography skills are accelerating just because a lot of newbies are praising your photos each and every time. If you really want to improve your photography skills, join a group that consists of experienced/professional photographers and let them criticize your photos. Set aside your ego, shut up and listen.
6) You do photography to take advantage of the models
Most of the newbies in photography will probably try portraiture as a startup because that’s the easiest way to get close to a woman, isn’t it??
“Thanks to my DSLR!!! I met a lot of chic today!”
“Shit, I just saw her panty when she crouched!”
“Oh Christ! Her boobs are as big as an infant’s head!”
“After this photoshoot, I will get the model’s mobile number and ask her out on a date.”
Like seriously bro!? ( /facepalm )
7) You over-do your post processing
Obviously, you don’t know the standards of post-processing because you think that HDR is over-the-top and a “MUST TRY” technique.
Applying it on portrait is even worse than eating your own shit.
“Ohh… I see.. Dave Hill style is it?!” Close enough.
You are trying to remove the imperfection of the model’s skin until the whole photo become soft and the model turns into a mannequin.
You try to over-sharpen your blurred shots for the sake of making it sharp.
You increase the saturation of your photo (like there’s no tomorrow) thinking that a colorful photo is a great photo.
My mom said that I am now a freaking good photographer when she saw my post-processed photos! “Ohh… your mom cooks in the kitchen everyday. I can see that.”
Photographs are meant to be post-processed because the perfect camera doesn’t exists. But editing your images until it looks fake and awkward-looking is nothing closer than those girls who put a lot of make-up and fake eye lashes to cover-up their… ahh… nevermind. “Uhh… What?!”
You still don’t get it? It means that you are over-doing your post-processing to cover-up your horrible images!
8) You are a Graphic Artist wannabe
Just because you know how to use Photoshop doesn’t mean you are a graphic artist.
Photo manipulating your models such as cropping the subject horribly to the extent that I can still see the jagged edge from the background and putting additional elements that doesn’t blend the situation and environment. The very 90’s lens flare, terrible grunge texture that makes it look unpleasant to the eye. Applying funny brushes and your one-click color-casting action is just disgusting.
The funny thing here is you don’t admit that you suck at photo manipulation and you still keep on sharing your funny-manipulated photos. You should take a look at this link to see what a real photo manipulation is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32229532@N08/
Now that’s what you call a photo manipulation!
Credit to: Gerbie Pabilonia of Beyond Photography
9) You don’t have any idea about proper watermarking
“I just bought my new DSLR and I am entitled to put my name+photography on top of my newbie shots!” Uuhh… Ok….
Well, there is nothing wrong with it. But believe it or not, claiming your snapshot a photography is just hilarious. I would rather put my name somewhere at the corner and forget about the word “photography”and it will be more humble. Including your photography website URL as a watermark would be nice.
Watermark is not meant to become a distraction of your photo but rather a signature. Using bevel and emboss, heavy drop shadow, outer glow, massive fonts, or striking colors on your watermark is horrifying.
“You got a simple and boring watermark bro. Mine is better. It has the “pop-up” look!”
“I saw a photo with a shutter icon on the watermark! I’m going to use the same shit for my photos! Isn’t it cool bro?”
“I just downloaded a futuristic font, bro and they will surely piss their pants off if they see it.”
“I’m a fan of heavy metal so I will also use a heavy metal font on my watermark.”
“I will do my watermark like maybe 1/4 of my image size so that everyone will surely notice my name there. What do you think, bro? That would be awesome, right?”
“I will put my watermark repetitively so no one can ever steal my photo!!!”
I will put my watermark on the center so if they want to alter my watermark, they will spoil the image!”
10) You always shoot in JPEG
You probably don’t know the advantage of shooting in RAW. Common reason why you don’t shoot in RAW is because you think that it is just a waste of your SD/CF card’s disk space. You always believe that JPEG can still be post-processed without any difference from a post-processed RAW file.
You always brag your so called “SOOC” (straight out of camera) shot because you think that you are using the perfect camera. But sometimes, people know the advantage of shooting in RAW but they feel lazy to post-process their images in a tedious manner.
Disclaimer: Credits are all mentioned. Other images are paid stock photos. The above statements are all self-written based on observation and experience.
Take these points as an eye-opener and look forward on improving your photos. If you hate this post, I can only tell you one thing… “Reality bites.”
June 9, 2012 // Blog // 71 comments
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