Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Why you shouldn't take photography tips from bloggers.

OK, this is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine. I get really, really tired of bloggers trying to give photography tips. Most bloggers aren't photographers. Some of them take pretty darn good selfies and some of them have someone else take their photos (significant other or professional), some of them have decent photographs that definitely get the job done in a pleasing way, and some of them think they're good enough to start their own photography business. And then there are the ones who gain popularity and buy a fancy camera (or iPhone) and try to post some bullshit tutorial about how to improve your photography. Last week, I ran across two and just wanted to set those bitches on fire. So instead, I'm gonna link them here and tell you why these posts suck and honestly, just go to your local camera store when you want to learn shit, or e-mail me. I mean, do something other than talk to a fucking blogger who is clearly NOT a professional and should not be giving out tips!

This is MY photo, no one else's. 'Cause my photos are awesome.

I found this post on lighting tips while link surfing through the interwebs. The most tragic part about this post is that I think this person is actually a photographer who charges people money. For shame and what a waste. Her first set of photos doesn't contain a good photo. First, the backgrounds are super distracting. It's not hard to stand someone up against the side of a house for a background that isn't distracting! And while it's true that the left photo in the first set is not very good, neither is the right. The kid's hair and t-shirt have totally blown out highlights. There is no reason why that grey shirt should look bright white. Then again, simply going to one side of the house and photographing in the shade would've solved that problem. The final picture in the post has ok lighting, it's just not a good photo. I would not recommend paying for her webinar.

On the same day that I found the above post, I found this post with some tips on Instagram. Her first two "insights" aren't really even insights as much as they're her preferences. I can't really fault that. She's showing her readers what she likes to do. Fine. But her third photo set, based on exposures is fucking wrong! The photo entitled "too dark" is actually perfectly exposed while her supposedly perfectly exposed photo is too light. I mean, first of all, the bowl of strawberries should've been photographed in the same setting. Attempting to talk about exposure and using four different lighting situations is just dumb. But the "dark" photo is actually perfect. It contains a true white and a true black and a rich gradient that shows all the shadows and highlights in between. Her commentary on composition is's not really great but it's not really awful. As for her preferred apps, whatever.

Gettin' my photo journalism on. What up 'Merica?

OK, but here is what you really need to know about Instagram:

1. If you take a photo with your camera or through VSCO or any other app and then you upload it into Instagram, you degrade the quality of the photo. If you take a photo inside Instagram, the resolution is high and you can comfortably blow up that photo. (This excludes the self-facing camera, because that camera degrades everything.) No one really talks about how editing a photo with VSCO first and then using Instagram means you have a lower resolution photo. Now, you can edit through VSCO and maintain some resolution, but you can't take photos outside of Instagram and edit them in Instagram and then maintain the same resolution.

2. If you have an iPhone, you can touch a different part of the photo to alter the exposure. (You can't do this with a Galaxy 4, not sure about Galaxy 5 or other phones.) This is a great thing to know if you're photographing sky and want to touch the sky, ALWAYS expose for the lighter element, and then use a filter to lighten the shadows. You never want a white sky. That is bad photography 101. You can also use this for portraits. You can touch the face and expose best for skin, because skin is the number one priority in a portrait.

3. Using #nofilter isn't impressive. Importing from a DSLR isn't impressive. Editing in VSCO and then sharing to Instagram isn't impressive. Instagram is not ONLY a photo sharing site. It's a very specific style of photography AND a photo sharing site. It's more interesting to utilize the tools at hand. A photographer choose his or her tools, be that film or camera or flash or whatever. Choosing to use Instagram means learning what Instagram has to offer and using that in the best way possible. Sharing to Instagram and using no filter...I mean, that's why you have Facebook, honestly.

Ok, so that's basically my rant and some bonus photography tips. Count yourselves lucky, SUCKAS!

Another one of my awesome photos!


  1. I personally love VSCO and I use it for almost all of my Instagram photos now, but I have a Galaxy 3 and I don't have the editing tools that an iPhone has. It might be a different situation if I did. I also normally don't blow up photos so the quality doesn't concern me. I do use them for my Project Life album but the prints are small.

    1. A lot of people use VSCO and then post them through IG...but if you use the VSCO pics, then the quality is fine. If you use the IG version, then the quality is degraded. But definitely the size you print them is totally fine and you wouldn't see the degradation.

      I just like to bring it up so people understand the difference, if they care.