The complexity of the pictures
Why are Amateur photos so weak for the most part? First of all, because the average photographer is not aware of their weakness. This is not a problem if the snapshot function is purely Protocol. Such photos will be valuable for their author, his relatives and friends as a memory of some big or small event: a birthday, a picnic, a well-spent vacation. Trouble happens when a person, taking a camera in his hands, realizes that he is a Creator and begins to create unrestrainedly, not allowing a shadow of doubt in his own giftedness and being unshakably confident that the excess of creative energy easily compensates for the shallowness of knowledge and careless attitude to work. That is, let him create for his health, but after all, he puts it all on the Internet, insistently demanding attention and compliments. After receiving them, he begins to get carried away, and not getting-offended.
It is much better when a novice photographer still realizes that his pictures are missing something. He’s already on the right track. You just need to answer the question correctly: “What is wrong with my photos?”. When you find the answer, you will know what to do next.
Why are my pictures bad? Maybe the camera is to blame? Many people come to this conclusion. You only need to buy a more expensive camera, and the pictures will Shine. Didn’t help? We need a new lens – the old one isn’t sharp enough, isn’t bright enough, isn’t prestigious enough, after all. A more stable tripod? more powerful flash? some exotic filter?.. It’s all nonsense. The camera is just a tool in your hands. I agree that professional equipment makes life easier, allowing an experienced photographer to work faster and in a wider range of situations, but it is not able to make up for the lack of imagination. If a person can’t take a beautiful photo with a soap dish, no professional camera can help them.
If my equipment has nothing to do with it, then maybe there’s just nothing beautiful around me, and that’s why the pictures are not good? Oh, if I only lived in some picturesque nature reserve, or in an ancient city, or had a spacious Studio besieged by shapely models… Nonsense! How many beautiful and unusual photos were taken in slums and backyards, and how many uniformly dull pictures are brought every year by tourists from the most beautiful places! If I can’t see beauty, it’s only because of my narrowness of vision and lack of curiosity. If you learn to see, not just look, you will be amazed by the abundance of photogenic situations scattered at every step.
No matter how hard we try to justify our own failures in the outside world, the true cause of failures is almost always ourselves. The most difficult thing is to realize this unpleasant fact. It is unpleasant because it hurts our self-esteem, but at the same time it unties our hands. Agree that you can not always change the world around you to please your desires, but you can always change yourself. If I can’t do something, I can learn, if I’m weak – I can become stronger. Having the will is the only condition for making yourself better.
The complexity of the pictures
The problem with photography is its deceptive simplicity. If even half a century ago, the photographer had to know what the shutter speed, aperture, film sensitivity, focusing, etc., now technical progress has allowed almost completely automate the shooting process. Even a child can handle a modern digital camera, not to mention a camera built into a mobile phone. It never occurs to anyone that photography needs to be studied. And what is there to learn? Point & Shoot-point and shoot!
Painting doesn’t seem so simple to anyone. What’s so complicated about it, though? Dip your brush in the paint and smear it on the canvas! Easy? Easy. And for some reason, not everyone is able to write pictures.
Maybe writers live more freely? After all, today any person with a keyboard is already a writer (and this site is proof of that). What could be simpler? You press the buttons and letters appear on the screen. But not everyone is able to sit down and write “War and peace”. By the way, Lev Nikolaevich didn’t even have a keyboard.
Let’s go back to the photo. Believe me, handling the camera directly is the easiest thing a good photographer should be able to do. The ability to see light, build a composition, and Express your thoughts and emotions through photography is really hard to learn. And you need to learn, and modern automated cameras are a great help to this. They largely free you from the menial work of determining exposure or focusing on sharpness, allowing you to focus entirely on your work.