Photography common myths

John Greengo explains the common myths as he sees them.

  • If I see something that I like and I take a photo of it, I will get a good photo. Obviously this is not true. If you are excited about some subject and want to photograph it, it does not automatically mean the output will be excellent by its photo quality. It may mean a lot to you because of a personal moment on the photo though. 
  • If you have better photo gear, it will make you a better photographer. 
  • Taking pictires is easy. It is no more than an illusion. Taking a good photo takes lots of preparation, knowledge and skills.
  • Being proud of having no education in photography, not knowing ISO, aperture or depth of field things as you still consider yourself a great photographer. Unfortunately it does not work that way, you really need to know the basics before you can produce stable quality.
  • Photography is about capturing what I see. Your brain may be confused by what your eyes see. You cannot photograph everything that you see, for example motion or extreme contrast. Often you can achieve more in your photos than you could see with your eyes, either with special equipment like telescopes or special post processing.