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Mythbusters... wanna bust a few photography myths???
Old 08-27-2005, 12:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mythbusters... interesting and occasionally funny reality program on The Learning Channel I believe. A couple of Hollywood effects guys do experiments to see if modern "myths" hold up to inspection.

For example, a sample "myth"; remember the shot in the original Jaws when Roy Scheider fires a rifle bullet into a scuba tank in the sharks mouth and the shark explodes. Myth... busted by actually firing a bullet into a scuba tank. The tank took off like a rocket, but no explosion...

So, let's consider some photography myths.

Here's one.

Pro's spend hours setting up a shot and then take one picture. Maybe two if it's really critical.

The reality is I've seen lots of contact sheets from top pros in various areas of photography in books and more often than not they've shot a whole roll on the same shot. Not just the same set and model, the same pose...

Sports photographers...obviously since they are strong advocates of the fast advance motor drives they're doing a bunch of similar shots.

Fashion shooters... Contact sheets from a number of top shooters including such stars as Peter Lindbergh show lots of frames of the same shot...

Swimsuit issues... 50,000 images to get the 50 or 60 used. Besides I've seen the videos. Ain't nobody scrimping on the Ektachrome there.

Playboy... Anybody who has seen the Peter Gowland, Ken Marcus, or Arny Freytag videos know these guys burn film like they owned Kodak.

I wonder how many times Ansel hauled the 8X10 up the mountain to get that moonrise just right.

I consider that myth busted.

How about it? Got any photography "myths" you think need busting?

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The myth I wanna bust...
Old 08-27-2005, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you buy a better camera, lens, etc. then you'll take better pictures. Oh wait, brb, there's a c-stand ending on ebay soon! j/k [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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My turn
Old 08-27-2005, 12:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just because you have a pretty model, doesn't mean you have a good image. Pretty girls can be made to look NOT so pretty if you don't pay attention to your lighting, angles, etc.

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Re: The myth I wanna bust...
Old 08-27-2005, 12:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm not so sure about "better camera, lens, etc." but I would agree on "more expensive camera, lens, etc."

The whole Leica mythology eludes me. But it seems to be being replaced by the gospel of Canon these days.
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Re: The myth I wanna bust...
Old 08-27-2005, 12:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Good point, but you still can't buy aesthetic sense or good taste at B&amp;H, I mean Unique Photo, er, dammit, Sammy's. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Very Insightful...
Old 08-27-2005, 01:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Great myth just dying to be busted.

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Re: Mythbusters... wanna bust a few photography myths???
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I've always said that a great photographer with a great camera will make great photos whereas as a bad photographer with a great camera will make bad pictures.

The corollary is that a great photographer with a average camera will make great photos whereas a bad photographer with a average camera will still take bad pictures.

There is another corollary, but I forgot it, because its late.

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Here\'s A Couple of Mythbusters
Old 08-27-2005, 03:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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1. Your success as a photographer is dependent on your talent as a photographer.

2. All great photographers are great photographers.

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Re: Here\'s A Couple of Mythbusters
Old 08-27-2005, 03:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Mythbusters... wanna bust a few photography myths???
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If you ever read anything about Ansel you will find out other photographers of the time hated to shoot with ansel. He would haul that camera up the moutain set it up and set up a folding chair and maby shoot 2 shots a day. He would sit and watch how the clouds moved through a scene how the shadows moved over the shot as the sun moved and wait. and wait. and wait. somedays he wouldn't expose a single frame of film but would even come back sometimes 2 or 3 days waiting on just the right light. Sed he never hurried any of his pictures.

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