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I attended an EOS Discovery Day last Saturday. Interesting event. I went to workshops/presentations about white balance, photographing moving subjects, portraiture. And of course there were presentations of the latest camera models, counters where you could test and try them, etc., etc.
I tried a 180mm macro L lens, but came to the conclusion that my wife's Sigma 105mm macro really wasn't that bad. And I tried a 50D and a 40D, but came to the conclusion that not having any budget for a new camera made them a lot less attractive than the Canon employee behind the counter tried to make me think.
The presentations about moving subjects and portraiture were given by acclaimed professionals from those fields. Very interesting presentations, and of course they showed us lots of examples of their work.
Looking at their photos, something struck me time and time again. Quite a few of their photos, which obviously were good enough for publication and earning them their bread and butter, had flaws that would have been criticised on EPZ: burnt-out areas, speed blurs without any part of the subject sharp, unfixed highlights on faces, etc. The more I looked at those shots, the more I came to the conclusion that these photographers, who are obviously very successful in their chosen fields, wouldn't have had a lot of awards on ephotozine, probably. A lot of their shots definitely weren't EC material!
It made me think. I've often wondered if we're overly cricitical on EPZ. Maybe we are.
I mean, I don't just have this with the images of these photographers, I often see photos published that would probably never get any kind of award on EPZ. So why is that? Have we been spoilt rotten by too many great images? Is it wrong to be this critical?
To be honest, I'm not really sure what the answers are. It's interesting. I'm going to have to think about it a little longer. If I come up with any answers, I'll let you know.
(And in the meantime your thoughts on the subject are welcome below...)
* Made you look! I mean - admit it, had I given this blog entry the title I initially had in mind, "EOS Discovery Day", would you have read it? See what I mean...