Five Professional Photography Myths Busted

Posted on Jun 23, 2017

As professional photographers we always have our “ear” to the ground in order to monitor the chatter that goes on about our craft. It’s through collaboration that we learn and evolve as photographers. It’s how we become informed about trends in techniques and advances in photographic equipment. Doing the rounds we also come across some peculiar statements about photography that are sometimes just not true. So we took it upon ourselves to squash some theories about professional photography in order to set the records straight.

Read our five professional photography myths busted! Let us know if you agree by connecting with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

1. Nikon Is Better Than Canon And Vice Versa

Canon versus Nikon

The age-old debate is akin to the iPhone versus Samsung or Mac versus PC debate. There is never going to be a concrete result, there is no right or wrong answer and the viewpoints are completely subjective. There is also a recent competitive addition to the field in the form of Fuji, so there is even more to consider. Regardless of what photographic equipment we use, we want to put an end to the competitive banter around the subject: it is a personal choice.

Nikon, Canon and Fuji are incredibly powerful camera companies offering products that will make a professional photographer salivate. But the truth be told, each camera offers an undeniably fantastic end product that could also be achieved by shooting using one of the others. The only difference that might sway your decision is in the feel of each camera. The weight, the functionality and the way each one operates feels slightly different in your hands. The best thing to do when making the choice between Nikon Canon and Fuji is to hold each in your hands, play around with the settings and decide which one feels right to you. Simple.

2. Film Is Better Than Digital

Film versus Digital

This is another version of the above debate between the camera kings (or queens, whichever way you look at it!). It’s a personal choice. Many people assume that because digital photographs can be manipulated using photographic applications that the end product is not a real representation of skill or ability. This is not true as it’s simply a matter of evolving with the times. Digital just offers professional photographers more opportunity to create something beautiful. There is still immense skill required to get the light right and frame the composition effectively. What people might not realise is that even in the darkroom with film photography, there is a measure of editing that takes place to create a perfect image. Skill also can never be matched with an application and this is what separates pros from hobbyists.

3. More Megapixels Make A Superior Photograph

Do More Megapixels Make A Better Image?

Megapixels do not a superior photograph make. Let that sink in and remember it forever. It is easier to achieve a cleaner, more detailed image with more megapixels, but it’s not the determining factor when it comes to image quality. If you’re going to use your photographs for billboards or massive displays then more megapixels are essential to prevent pixilation. Beyond that, it’s not something that will make or break superior photography. That’s up to the photographer!

4. Every Photo Has A Perfect Exposure

Is There A Perfect Exposure

It seems like this would be a valid argument in a classroom environment where one channel of thinking is being pushed, but again, it’s a matter of choice. Exposure changes the mood of a photograph instantly and many professional photographers have their own style that is represented partially by the level of exposure they allow. Relying on auto exposure on a DSLR camera is the easy way out, but it prevents photographers from gaining an in-depth understanding of how to meter the flow of light. Remembering that exposure is affected by ISO, shutter speed and aperture also gives professional photographers so much room to adapt their photos (and the exposure thereto) to suit a personal style.

5. The Camera Maketh The Professional Photographer

Does Equipment Make A Photographer

Having a quality camera will make a difference to the end product, but it’s not the sole determining factor that creates a good photographer. Making the mistake of thinking that your work is reliant on expensive equipment is only undermining your ability to create photographic magic! If you’re focused on your work and you’re creative in the way that you shoot your photographs, your equipment won’t necessarily prevent you from offering a beautiful end product.

As Chase Jarvis said “ The best camera is the one you have with you.”

So there you have it! A few photography myths busted!

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