5 Biggest Photography Misconceptions




Here are my top five photography misconceptions. What are yours? Which one shocked you the most?

#6: I have been informed ISO is pronounced “eye-so” NOT “eye-es-oh.” I make this mistake in the video.
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Comments 42

  1. Misunderstanding ISO is common but has no effect on the use of a camera. And shooting manual isn't a must but it's certainly the first thing a photographer should learn if they want to understand photography and exposure. It IS a MUST if you want to control exactly how your image looks.
    You cannot actually believe that sharpness is not the most important characteristic of almost every lens available. It should be compared with the value of the lens but it's clearly the most important thing for a review to investigate.
    Who cares how fast a lens can focus if it's not actually in focus. And bokeh only looks good when the in focus areas are actually in focus.

  2. I have only watched the first part about iso so far,(pronounced ("eye" "so"), and what you said is mostly incorrect. While it is true that iso in digital cameras is not just sensor sensitivity as during film times, the application in actual photography serves a very similar purpose. Shutter speed and aperture can also be important factors when determining image noise, but when iso is increased signal AND noise are both increased. It is simply false to say that if aperture and shutter speed is held constant and iso is increased that image noise will remain constant. This is not hard to test, simply set up a flash to properly expose an image at iso 100, then the same at iso 6400 with the same shutter speed and aperture and you will see a massive difference in the noise level of the images. It seems like you clouded what you were saying with odd wording and some true information, but I think that you are spreading falsehoods to newer photographers who might not be able to see that your thinking is flawed, which is my main concern. Make sure to tests things like this and not just take it for granted before posting it for thousands of confused photographers to see, as they will probably believe you.

  3. While smartphones can make great pictures, it's nonsense to claim that a smartphone can do the job just as well as $8,000 worth of camera body+lens. It's also nonsense to claim that the "process of taking the picture can be quicker" with expensive gear, as opposed to smartphone cameras.

  4. Right, to clear a few things up, Auto is great for someone that just wants a camera to point and shoot, but if you buy a DSLR or a Mirrorless camera the entire reason you are buying this camera is for its Manual mode and interchangeable lens's. Manual allows the photographer absolute control over the picture and the style he is trying to get. For example you see those amazing surreal pictures that look like they are impossible to shoot and must be photoshoped? That was not shot in auto, but in manual by a photographer that new what he was doing. Iso is insanely important out in the field as well as aperture/exposure, The one and only thing that is really correct is that better gear=better photos and photography is hard. In reality the photographer with the best gear doesn't matter overmuch rather the photographer with the most skill. Pros dont buy pricey lens's rather they purchase the tools they specifically need for the job they are trying to do. You shoot architecture you go ultra wide angle, you shoot portraits you go for a high quality 50, you shoot events you go a 70-200mm, you shoot video you go for an STM lens with a duel auto focus camera. You choose the best tools to do the job you need to do, not the most expensive.

  5. Since I learned pretty well manual mode, and haven't played with priority modes, I personally shoot manual because I can change whatever settings I need fast and easy, and always aware of my current settings. About the lenses they are all sharp, unless you're really a super pro, who shoots for 10 square meter prints. I pick up mine with constant and low f-stop and maybe IS. Since I use Canon, easy to pick the best, all L lenses are superior build quality, optics quality, and super fastest focus speed on a Canon DSLR.

  6. I'm not in agreement with some of these statements. for the ISO, while saying it increases sensitivity or grain isn't particularly true, it's easier for Beginners to understand and those are still the effects that iso has on the image. Point and shoots and Phones do not have the ability to take professional photos imo, however I agree with your message that you don't need to the best gear to take great images; but to take professional like photos you at least need something with raw capabilities. Aperture control and being able to choose lense also contributes a lot to the professional look. The lense thing was a bit annoying to me because while I get your point of saying that lenses don't need to be super sharp, I don't see a lot of people in the community saying that it does. for reviewer's, I do see some of them over exaggerating the importance of sharpness but their is also lots of reviewer's who don't. I don't have anything against you, I brought up some of my concern's about the video so we can make sure new photographers are getting the information they need. cheers!

  7. Baloney. 1) Every signal has noise. Raising the ISO not only increases the signal, but increases the noise as well. While modern filters are good are increasing the SNR, there are limits. 2) While good gear won't make you a good photographer, there are some things that more expensive gear can do that cheaper gear cannot. I upgraded because I wanted the ability to add filters , such as polarizers and ND filters, to my lens. Software still hasn't improved enough to duplicate the effects of these filters. I've also found that the larger sensors have less noise. You won't notice this on a small computer screen, but make a large print (16×20) and it becomes evident. There is also the matter of bokeh. Point-and-shoot cameras or cell phone cameras have lenses with smaller focal lengths, making it difficult to get creamy bokeh. You are correct to assume that many people are held back by certain "rules". Some people would never shoot a photo at 6400 ISO, for example, even when there are some occasions where the higher ISO would produce the better picture. If the picture wouldn't change whether you shoot at 6400 ISO or 100 ISO (landscape shot with camera on a tripod), however, you should definitely opt for 100 ISO.

  8. 2:07 you mentioned that smartphone camera can produce equally good image as a DSLR. That is not true. How can a 1 inch sensor in a smartphone produce stunning image quality compared to a medium format camera or the Nikon D850 with almost 50 megapixels?! Yes, smartphone cameras can capture the moment but will definitely cannot compete with a professional DSLR in terms of image quality

  9. Very nicely done sir! In regards to the 5th point; I feel that the "Instagram" age has really pushed that one to the forefront. Though it's enabled more people to become involved in photography and for photographers to showcase their work on a broader stage, so many people have gotten the idea from it that "I snap a quick photo, toss my favorite filter on it and BOOM! See, photography & editing is easy!" The sharpness one is also another good one. I'd almost fallen into that one in the past, but thankfully, there are honest joes still who give practical, hands on reviews in the field rather then "lab" tests and pixel peeping for sharpness from said tests (saved me from spending $1,400 more for no real-world difference and worse vibration compensation).

  10. Some of my best images are taken on a ten year old bridge camera, but it was the camera in my hand at the time. There's also a lot of mythology that more mega pixels are better.

  11. But but but butwhatabout shooting manually? Learning to read light and shoot away from the 18% grey? Expose for the highlights, expose for the shadows! Free yourself from the centre of the meter people!

  12. This guy's voice is really calming and I love that you turned down the music. It's kinda annoying though that half of these comments are about how you pronounce ISO. It's not that important. Love your videos!

  13. I liked your video, but still, the size and caracteristics of the sensor is an important factor of precision toward the result you want. But I agree totally with the fact that a good camera does not make a good photographer.

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