Stages of the Modern-Day Photographer
It all starts with the original thought: I think I’ll take up photography.
- visits Best Buy and takes home DSLR camera with kit 18–55mm lens
- has an original though: what I really need is a fisheye lens
- everything shot on super wide angle.
- crops at non-standard ratios
- posts photos with a black border
- has an original though: maybe a fisheye is too much
- only shoots with 50mm
- shoots portraits with subject several inches away from the background
- clarity pushed to %100 in post
- posts photos with massive unsightly watermark
- contrast pushed to %100 in post
- only shoots portraits of the homeless
- discovers HDR
- only shoots portraits of homeless in HDR
- tries to sell prints in the coffee shop
- has original though: why the #$@% did I ever shoot in HDR
- begins purchasing photography books
- is overcome with self-doubt after reading photography books and learning that the print making process is a big deal
- only shoots black and white
- only shoots with old film cameras
- scales back post processing to dodgeing/burning
- declares Henri Cartier-Bresson God of photography
- only shoots street photography
- continues to only shoot black and white (but calls it monochrome)
- spends life savings on a Leica M4
- sells Leica M4
- takes out second mortgage and buys Leica M6
- loses M6 in rocky divorce
- learns that in later years Henri Cartier-Bresson wasn’t that into photography.
- takes up painting
I’m a run-of-the-mill photo taking person. You can view my work at https://www.instagram.com/mrstabile/.