The secrets that you keep

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by Karim Ghantous, May 14, 2022.

  1. Many professional photographers augment their income by teaching classes or leading workshops where they are perfectly happy to share their secrets. They know where to go, when go there, even how to set your camera and where to stick your tripod.
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  2. Tony Parsons

    Tony Parsons Norfolk and Good

    'I could tell you - but then I'd have to kill you'
  3. If I keep secrets it's because I can't remember myself, legacy lenses & filters (I often shot IR so filters are important) can both fall into this category, if I don't note them down quickly.
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  4. Oh yes Custom White Balance targets are another one, I tend to forget :)
  5. The one thing I finally realized but never mention is that 90% of every photo I shoot is done with one of two lenses. Nikon, Canon and all the rest probably prefer I keep that to myself.

    Rick H.
  6. Secrets? I take it you are joking.

    "f/8 and be there" is no secret
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  7. It's important to get clients to check the backgrounds of reportage style photos in order to ensure you don't accidentally share any trade secrets.

    (and should be part of your contract)
  8. I have been given this advice a number of times.
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  9. Exactly.

    My main problem is that I know everything about my photographs and, unfortunately, I never forget the situation, the motion, the motivation. Everytime I see my photograph I know why, how, and even approximately when I made it. Which taints my relationship with them, because it makes me fail getting a distance and watch at them in a detached way.

    At the moment, finding out what I want to photograph of what I really believe makes sense is so challenging for me that I could not even think of sharing anything about this process.
  10. None. It's not as though I have a profitable business to protect.

    If people are actually interested enough in one of my photos to ask how I got certain results, I'm more than happy to tell them, and I hope others will do the same for me. In fact, a couple of years ago, I had a focus-stacked image of a flower in an exhibit, and I was asked to give a little zoom session explaining what I did. I considered the request a complement.

    Because I take some field macros of bugs, which usually involves a huge number of failures for each successful image, I've often told people how few good images I get. Why keep it secret?
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  11. Secrets ?---what secrets ?.
    You just point the Camera at the subject , (this part is the front) , look here , and press this button.
    :D :D :D.
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  12. Very few if any. Some things do not involve gear, it is the eye or the skill. Beside, being old kids don't pester for secrets. Kids nowadays like kids and hate old fossilized boomers.
  13. Eventually something will click and you will "get it". And you'll say to yourself how obvious it all seems, how obvious it is why your photos weren't good before, and why they are now. When you "get it", there's no going back.

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