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I think you're referring to "technique" there Lawbert
unless you class buildings as "photographic kit"
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well "getting buildings right" is a technique that is kit-independent, same applies to canon as nikon etc.
techniques are "how" we do things
kit relates to the tools we use
take the humble hammer - we use those to hammer nails in. the technique however is to hold the nail in the place we want it to enter the wood, then accelerate the flat part of the hammer towards the head of the nail - the momentum of the hammer head will cause an impact on the nail, that will then offer opposing force and also some friction as it slides into the wood.... or something like that.
the hammer we use isn't really that important, but the technique is - you end up hitting your hand and getting bruise or broken thumbnail if you get that wrong. Sure, you can get Stanley hammers, they're pretty cool, have a "hook" on the back to pull nails out with too. But in reality, its how "YOU" use it that creates the success or the bruise
Ahh but the hammer you use is important - greatly important! As you said some hammers have hooks on the end and a good claw is worth investing in over an average hammer with a poorer quality claw (good claws are really good at getting nails out whilst the rest are just average or poor )
And then there is the size of hammer - sledge or toffee? Or something in the middle?
And then you have the actual grip part of the hammer and how well its attached to the head - it is impossible to hammer with a cheap handle safely (at some point the head will fly off).
Technique of course comes into it and explains why someone with a single average hammer can build a great structure that a guy with 50 of the best hammers for each job can't even get the nail in once right.
For some reason though photographers are always mad about splitting things into hammers, the use of and the final product when in the end its all a multi part process. The net just gets more gearheads because - lets face it - gearheads are more likely to use the net to talk about stuff ( cause they can do it on more gear! ).
Is it not that photography by its very nature is more technical in nature than many other equivalent activities.
I'm 100% sure that dedicated amateur artists spend hour upon hour debating upon the best brushes - paints - mixes of paints - pencils - canvas - easels - the best mix for clay etc....
I was thinking the difference between a sketch artist and a draftsman for example.
I see you use sable never could get on with that myself - always use virgin badger or vietnamese timber mouse for fine detail work.
Hooray at last a posting that I can 100% agree with - and yes it entirely chimes with the thread on Real Photographers.
the hammer analogy holds true with lenses I guess
big lenses - big hammers
little lenses - little hammers
you can make a right arse of a job with any of them if you don't know what you're doing
I guess you can either get on with "photography" or get hung-up on the tools you use.
Quote: I guess you can either get on with "photography" or get hung-up on the tools you use.
Can't we do both ?
you can only do one thing at once
so the answer is "no" I guess
Quote: You can only do one thing at once
so the answer is "no" I guess
Is this where the women come in to teach us of multitasking?
I was expecting one to jump I must admit
multitasking is a lie - you really can only do one thing at once, you have to "time splice" rather than multi-task... which means you only pay attention to each task a small amount of time before moving to the next, then back to the first then back to the... so you really are better concentrating on the task in hand, then when you've done that, you move on to the next and do that properly
Heh having just read Thief of Time and Night Watch I'd say if you want time splicing advice have a chat with Lu-Tze. Though in my own mortal experience of time splicing I can say that it does not work when cooking sausages or BBQs (which is why guys always have to do them )
..I just knew about it from my old software engineering days
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