Photography is not magic. It is a lot of hard work that can actually be fun if you like what you’re doing, and if you happen to be in the right mood, and it’s the right time of the day. I do know some people who are in the mood all the time, and have fun all the time, but I don’t think I’m good enough to be in the right frame of mind all the time. I do know that I like it, and that I am enjoying what I have been learning recently. I’m not about to go into hd stock footage but later on it may not be such a bad idea.
Some people seem to think that there are instant magic settings for a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera that will assure the user of crisp, crystal clear photos every time. They think that with a camera as big and as expensive as a DSLR will take great pictures all the time, regardless of the users’ skill. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In his article Magic Camera Settings, Thom Hogan (Nikon expert, writer, computer engineer, musician and a lot of other things), relates how people have several times asked him for his camera settings so they could use it themselves on a trip that they were going off to. It takes a bit of explanation, an exasperating bit as Thom Hogan seems to put across, to say why there are no Magic Settings (and as we Filipinos would say “walang himala!”).
No two pictures are alike. Two people standing on the same rock at the same time with their cameras pointed at the same thing will not produce the exact same pictures. This is because the light entering each camera, depending on its settings, will be different. And since photography is all about catching light, it means that different light = different pictures. If anyone wanted the same pictures of the outdoors, one could just go to nature stock footage and download some from there.
I’ve bookmarked Thom Hogan’s site on my browser–other than being a Nikon owner myself, I find his writing straightforward with a comfortable dash of humor.