Do visitors to my blog need to know what goes on to produce the image that I put on here?
Generally, I’ve avoided it. There’s deliberately not any file info on my images here apart from its actual file name normally (and I’m not even very good at organising that).
To me it’s just not that important, like the actual camera and lens combination, it’s not the deciding factor of why my image looks the way it does. Just one of them. The final image is there to see.
My camera lenses are important to me. Not what they are exactly, just what I can do with them. My 24 year old Minolta zoom has just got a significant new scratch on the front element and will probably need me to wade in to Ebay to see if I can find one without a scratch (and the fungus growing inside it) soon.
Possibly I could get a ‘better’ lens. One day. This one’s holding on for now though.
Since I was 18 years old, starting work behind a camera shop counter, photographic equipment was always a part of my life.
And the question “What gear do I need to do (insert image technique here)”
Supply answer… wait for it…
“Anything cheaper?” or, if richer (dream) customer “Is that the best one? I’ll have the best one.”
By the time I was 43, (the age I was when I finished with the trade) the products might have been vastly different but the questions were still the same.
A lot of the time it was actually ‘sell me the stuff that does this…’
Not ‘Is there something that lets me do this?’
Recently, I met someone who had seen some of my Instagram posts.
“Hi, I love your pictures… What do you use?”
First question. ‘What do you use?’ Not ‘I’m interested, how do you do it?’
I couldn’t actually remember the model name of my camera at that time. (This is not that unusual, I can’t remember my name at times…) But they told me they used a Canon 5D Mk11 with a 24-70L. Or something like that.
I just can’t get that excited about gear any more. I kind of shrug and say ‘That’s nice.” (Is it any more? I don’t know.)
So to me, including aperture, shutter speed and ISO is similarly not that important. Nor is the extended EXIF information that the camera is a Sony Alpha A6000, the lens a Minolta 24-105mm f3.5-4.5 and ‘the flash was not raised’. So I set my processing software to strip that out.
But this was at ISO 100, 0.4 sec. at f18 with a Marumi ND64 attached if you’re interested.
I’m not. It’s not a secret, I’m happy to discuss techniques and stuff but I’m just not bothered about gear and brands any more really.
If you have any thoughts on my attitude, I’ll be happy to engage here. I already know that some will argue that you need the EXIF info to be able to learn, but I’m not actually convinced about that either.