Tips that helped me as a photographer

These tips have helped and are helping me in my professional career. They may not be relevant for a large number of amateur photographers, but for me they are very important.

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Learn to shoot in 'RAW' format and learn to shoot in 'JPEG' format!

Only a year later did I understand the importance and complexity of this advice. As it turned out, there are many differences between the shooting styles in RAW and JPEG. First of all, the differences are due to the fact that shooting in RAW should have further postprocessing (post processing), while it is less demanding on the selection of shooting parameters. Shooting in JPEG is more demanding on setting all the shooting parameters (and there are millions of them!). Learning to select the right 'JPEG setting' is very difficult. I always take orders in RAW and I really like to remove and process the rubber 'RAWs of modern cameras. At the same time, I really like to shoot in the 'JPEG' format, adjusting all kinds of 'on-camera enhancements' of the image during shooting. But in RAW + JPEG, I do not like to shoot, but at the same time I know the features of this method. In the 'RAW + JPEG' format, it is convenient to shoot only when the RAW is converted by native programs that understand all its settings. In this case, both JPEG and RAW will look good. The basic methodology for working with RAW I have described here.

  • The main tasks when shooting in 'RAW': find the converter to your liking and learn how to work with it.
  • The main tasks when shooting in 'JPEG': learn to use all available image settings to the maximum to get the best image quality, get used to the behavior of the image on a particular camera.

Learn Adobe Lightroom!

This is part of the previous paragraph that deserves special attention. Such advice to me personally was once given by Kostya Kakusha (author of the blog 'About Photo'), but instead you can write' Well master any RAW converter '. In the RAW converter, you can do wonders with photos. A huge stock of information in RAW files can be 'manifested' by incredible improvements in the original photo.

Learn Adobe Photoshop!

Modern photography is tied to the processing of photographs. No one needs a raw result. No photoshop anywhere. Such a trend and point.

End the question 'Nikon or Canon?'!

The correct answer for commercial filming to the question 'Nikon or Canon' is always one - 'money'. If there is a lot of money, then it doesn’t matter whether it is Nikon or Canon. Absolutely unlimited possibilities of TOP cameras and lenses solve any photo tasks. If Nikon D5 / Canon Cannot Solve the Problem 1DX Mark II, the device inside the cranium of the photographer comes to the rescue. The brand that is beneficial to the photographer or agency is used. But if there is not enough money, then you will surely fall for some of the hooks of marketers (for example, the color from fuji!).

The main idea of ​​this advice is not to think 'Nikon' or 'Canon', but to think 'how to make money'. Since someone called himself a professional photographer, then photography is his profession, a profession is needed to do the work and receive material rewards.

Print photo books! Print photos!

Once a client asked me if I print photo books? From that moment, I printed about 500 different photobooks (while the circulation of one book could consist of several copies). I tried a lot of photo labs, I had both good and negative photo printing experience. In photo printing, pictures look different than on a computer monitor. A photo book for a huge number of shootings is an indispensable attribute of quality service.

Work on the little things, work with people!

Photographer provides photo services. These services must be of high quality! Quality must be everything! Every little thing should be done perfectly. It is very important to provide quality customer support throughout the filming process.

Do not tell about your photo equipment! Your photos should speak for you!

If in more detail - then the client should be distanced from those techniques and the photographic equipment that is used for shooting. As in the case of a magician, the photographer must have his own tricks, his own cameras with 'mirrors' from which a bird / rabbit flies out.

A professional knows his limits!

This is an important tip. The main difference between a professional and an ignoramus is that the former clearly knows his boundaries and capabilities, does not go beyond their line. This is simply expressed in the photo: if you don’t know how to take something, don’t take money for it. Some things must first be removed for free.

Create a place where your portfolio will be collected!

There should be a place where you can get acquainted with the work of the photographer. This place needs to be closely monitored, constantly improved, cleaned and updated. If anyone thinks he has good photos in his portfolio, invite a TOP photographer from your city to your home or office, pay him hours of consultation, discuss the portfolio and you will understand how much work remains to be done to improve your skills and improve the quality of your pictures.

Banalism: read, study, watch, learn new things, go to paid MKs, improve!

Self-improvement, self-development and self-expression in photography are limitless. Technique comes and goes, experience remains. Develop your skills. For example, today I found out that with one shutter release you can immediately get more than 8 pictures on a USB flash drive (now suffer from trying to guess how I did it!), And also read the website Phil borges. And so something new is constantly being learned.

Thank you for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 142, on the topic: Tips that helped me in my work as a photographer

  • Pastor

    Good advice from a good person :) And everything is clear and understandable. It is a pity I, because of laziness, cannot even follow half of these practical advice ...

    • anonym

      Similarly! Laziness mother was born before us :)))

    • Wacoom

      Strange .. I am also lazy, and at the same time I could not find any of these tips, which I would greatly interfere with my laziness to follow.
      Good advice and tested by practice and time!

      • Pastor

        “Print photo books! Print photos! ” It is both time and money - too lazy to do. I understand that there will be more use from photo books than from files on a computer, but there is no time to do this.
        “Create a place where your portfolio will be collected!”. This is a lot of time. It’s very stressful for me to sort out a couple of terabytes of photos to choose two or three dozen standing ones. If I don’t do responsible filming, then usually I drop the photo on the computer once every 2-3 months from all cameras at once. And then it’s too lazy to disassemble, threw it off, looked and that's it.
        “Banalism: read, study, watch, learn new things, go to paid MKs, improve!” To go to MK means to spend a lot of time, to study properly some aspects of the photo is too lazy.
        Well, to shoot as equal because the rabbi implies at least some processing and development. And I’d better take a picture in my free time than sort out the pictures - I’m such a lover of the process, not the result :)
        Well, it should be noted that these are tips for professionals, and I'm an amateur. I am sure that if I earned money by photography, laziness would quickly disappear and I would definitely follow all the tips in the article.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          If you are too lazy to do something for your business - do you love him so much?

          • Pastor

            No, of course, that's right. I’m not too lazy to engage with children, not too lazy to go to training, not too lazy to take pictures. But to disassemble photos and spend days on end processing laziness - I do not like this business at all :)

            • Sergei

              I got the opinion that you just like to press a button)

              • Victoria

                Similarly.

  • Vladimir

    Experience is priceless when there is no one to convey it. :)

  • Sergei

    Interesting…. thanks a lot… ?

  • Lynx

    about fuji funny. )))

  • Lynx

    but about sony - nothing ((

    • anonym

      yes because they already snickered

      • Wacoom

        If this is about Nikon and Kenon, then I agree!
        Sony - great cameras! Fuji - even better! And Leika is such a wonderful thing. )))

  • Nikolaitch

    Classic decency !!!)))))

  • zengarden

    > But if there is not enough money, then you will surely fall for some of the hooks of marketers (for example, the color from fuji!).
    So, gentlemen rogue :) you are on the hook of marketers! and everyone else is captured by stereotypes ...

    • Sergey

      Yes, we are all on the hook of the market bugs.
      Here is a striking example. Everyone blames Nikon for the non-fake color of the camera DPEG on modern cameras with CMOS sensors. And why then does the color become feng shui on Nikon DF with the same CMOS matrix ?! Why is Nikon D4 immediately the owner of this color ?! I give the tooth that the point here is in the software part, in which they simply cut functionality and simplified work algorithms to a minimum.

      • Sergey

        I will supplement myself. Using the PictureControl utility, you can immediately improve the camera JPGs.
        Because right now I can’t repeat the same frame with different PictureControl settings, I will show three frames converted from RAV to CaptureNX with different Standard profile settings.
        The first frame - quick setup - 0.
        The result is almost equivalent to the camera DPEG.

        • Lynx

          a minute in Photoshop from your first jeep, basic photo correction.
          without any utilities and rabbis.
          Rav without a result different from the jeep is empty pathos.

          • Sergey

            Actually, I led to the fact that a similar result can be achieved using camera settings without the participation of Photoshop and the Rav Converter.

            • Lynx

              it is impossible.
              your result is not the same, just peers into the water and the shadows in the foam

          • anonym

            Nightmare

            • Lynx

              • anonym

                It's like in history: do you have hot water? Yes, there is, but I’ll still wash everything cold !!! PATAMUSHA so right.
                Really, why RAW? I’d better produce jpg and throw 9 out of 10 into the basket :) But without converters

          • anonym

            Even Ken Rockwell himself saws jpegs on his website through perfectly clear, which ignites contrast and makes the image not so flat. And you argue here)
            JPEG can be turned into film only through picture control. But who guarantees that there will be the right balance of light and shadow? For example.

            • anonym

              It is always perplexing when “improvers” are made using contrast, trying to add volume to the image.

            • Lynx

              A person who believes that the jeepeg is turning into a film through the control pitcher is not worth arguing, but even telling something to no avail - = just wasting time.

            • NE

              saint Ken Rockwell?

      • Sergey

        The first frame - quick setup - -2.

      • Sergey

        The third frame - quick setup - +2.
        The picture immediately became brighter, more colorful ...

        • anonym

          Yes, it’s possible to “process” it. If the color of the sky and the creepy vignette does not bother :))

        • Yarkiy

          I bet that most non-sophisticated viewers will like this option more. So RAW + Photoshop.

          • anonym

            Yah! This is the cry of the soul) Still only felt-tip pens :)))

            • Wacoom

              Have you been in the sea for a long time? There it is, on a nice sunny day ..

          • anonym

            Mm-da-a-ah. Somehow poisonous. Bust. But we live in free countries and, therefore, who loves what ...

          • Lynx

            water and sand are good, but the sky would have to be muffled with a mask, otherwise it is poisonous.

            • anonym

              Is water and sand good? Really? Yeah ... The hostess had the best grapes on the table :)) Especially good is a certain white strip, which in the original was once a wave of foam)))

              • Lynx

                Anonymous is worse ...

              • Lynx

                about the foam, not a word was said by the way

              • Yarkiy

                What do you want from a jeep taken off the screen? In addition, this is not even processing, but a couple of clicks in the LAB.

              • anonym

                Well, essno, Anonymous is worse :) PATAMUSHA spent as much as 6 seconds in ACR, correcting the histogram. And at the same time from the same “screen”, without touching the original idea of ​​the author)
                I agree, everything is subjective. Theoretically, you can make a little warmer picture without disturbing the balance. For an amateur. But why should you drive green water into frankly red, even if you suddenly for a moment believe that the sand was of this color? Well, water doesn’t refract :)) In addition to psychedelia, common sense should also be :))

              • anonym

                Oops ... Sovramshi :( Besides editing the histogram, I also managed to remove the vignette during this time.

          • Paltos

            No, well, why are you so with me .... Now I want to go to the sea ... (((

          • Nikonian

            In my search ...

  • anonym

    I will invest my 5 cents:
    1. Only RAW! The result will ALWAYS be better.
    2. Capture One is better than Lightroom.
    3. Photoshop - by itself, just do not overdo it!
    4. Nikon - all else being equal, it's better! Just a fact.
    5. Photo printing is difficult (read - impossible) to obtain a result identical in color and quality, as on a monitor.
    6. Quality services - this is only the key to internal balance. Often, it’s enough for customers “and it will do!” What is sad - few people will appreciate your talents (read - nobody) will appreciate ...
    7. Technique must be good! Then it’s worth mentioning about it ... The clients have so-so artistic taste, and “parrots” are always good! (watch ads). Yes, and very unpleasant when hiring a “professional” you get frames that can only be printed only 10x15. Or there is no bokeh at all, for 18-55 ...
    8. Tackle any interesting project! This is better than shooting template plots. Always take a lot of shots, including with different settings. Good photos will always be. If you understand that the photo session is interesting and useful to you - you can not take money. Happiness is not in them!
    9. It is better to organize a portfolio in electronic form on a website or in social networks. But from QUALITY paper - the effect is greater!
    10. Take, analyze, think! Professional courses in creative terms will not help you. Only (perhaps) some technical aspects will prompt. If there is no talent, it remains only to copy other people's tricks and adapt to the customer ...

    PS. To all real photographers - good technology and adequate customers!

    • Ivan

      I’ll attach my 1 penny to your 5. (Not a professional photographer, I’m shooting only for myself, only creative projects). I write only to myself and only advice to myself to myself, i.e. the wildest IMHO:
      1. Only Jpeg! He took it badly - to the basket, learn to shoot well.
      2. Pull up the light / color by 5-10% - no matter what program.
      3. Ps to me unnecessarily - I do not do collages.
      4. Canon only. Once again, Nikona will have to get rid of it at flea markets for a long time and look for a suitable camera.
      5. Typing is very useful.
      6. Do not withdraw for money.
      7. The equipment should be good, but it is better to talk about it only with the seller of equipment.
      8. Only take on the project for which there is enough time.
      9. It is better to organize a portfolio with a temporary guide - to look where you are going.
      10. Look more around, at your old work, at other people's work.
      11. When shooting, always analyze the pictures on the monitor, only after unequivocal approval, go to the next scene or remove the camera.
      12. The camera is always with you.
      13. No matter where you are, feel free to take a picture if you see a frame.
      14. One plot for the picture is not enough
      15. One color is not enough for a picture.
      16. One composition for the picture is enough! The main thing is not to spoil the plot.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Thank:)

      • Lynx

        Thanks, neighing. )))

        • Ivan

          Glad I am entertained!

      • Lynx

        1. Uncompromising categoricality is a sign of stupidity.
        2. The question is how, and why, and not where.
        3. “ps only for collages” - so blondes think.
        4. simply stupid
        5. Who is useful?
        6. Rashap just laughs at this comment. Vancog is crying.
        7. The technique must meet the task, and nothing more. And you can even talk about it with the conductor. If you are able to certainly keep up the conversation.
        8. Show me a person who is able to evaluate at the initial stage the time for a suitable creative project.
        9. You can only roll to the bottom.
        10. When crossing the street, look left if you are not in England or New Zealand.
        11. you do not know how to understand what you’ve shot without half an hour staring at the monitor — you are a blonde staring at the monitor.
        12. and in the toilet too.
        13. Go to the intensive care unit in pediatric oncology several times and repeat.
        14. The scrapers laugh at it.
        15. Kosenko does not understand what you mean.
        16. The bride on the palm of your hand - your choice and the limit of development.

        • Ivan

          Dear Lynx!
          I sincerely agree with you, on most points, in part - even changed my mind on some. I am surprised that they became interested in this discussion, and, if so, I will answer:
          1. Yes, that's right. However, you must agree that the funds must be proportionate to the goals. I do not agree to spend time editing photos on a computer. Considering that I’m shooting only for myself, “on the table”, and I don’t owe much to anyone, Jpeg suits me. I do not say that RAW is worse, I say that it does not suit me.
          2. True, of course. But, since I do not see the difference as a result between light exposure compensation in the lightroom and, say, asidsypro, I will do it where it is convenient for me.
          3. I exaggerated, of course. But I do not see in PS for myself prospects for improving the result.
          4. This is my experience. Nikons did not take root, categorically, Canon - I love.
          5. For the author.
          6. Again, my experience. I started to shoot for money - my ideas and generally worthwhile work ran out. Stopped - started. Conclusion - no need to mix.
          7. Namely. But often, talking about technology is a waste of time.
          8. approximately. This is a personal matter of time management.
          9. In fact - they found fault with the word. I meant - the direction of my development.
          10. Thank you, I will consider if I go.
          11. Not half an hour, but you need to look 2-10 seconds.
          12. You will laugh, once from the pipes and valves something happened in the picture.
          13. You are right, rethought. But, however, has never been in oncology.
          14. Well, they are constantly laughing at them - “a joke, they say, it prolongs life, Mr. Baron”.
          15. I will look at his work, thanks for the tip.
          16. I do not rent a wedding or people. Well, people sometimes skip, unfortunately, but as a backdrop.

          • Lynx

            1. Look at the discussion with Sergey about processing above.
            It took me no more than 2 minutes to process the image, including saving the files, and it was almost a “screen from the monitor”.
            2,3,5,6,8,11,12,16. go to normal art courses. and photo processing. I highly recommend Alexey Shadrin and Sasha Chaldryan.
            4. see the first paragraph.
            13. The issue of ethics in documentary photography is extremely complex.
            14. “And who are the judges?”

            • Ivan

              1. I agree that this frame has become much better. Another thing is that I would not have made such a shot.
              2,3,5,6,8,11,12,16. Thanks, I'll see who they are. However, it seems to me that for the development of “art” in itself, it is enough to just perceive the world around us, as well as perceive the results and the process of not one’s own creative activity. And photo processing still does not look promising for me, excuse me.
              13. Extremely, this is true. This is generally a topic for extensive discussion.
              14. Well, the artistic taste of probably every person is a judge. I watched the lomography inattentively, of course, but I never saw anything interesting there. As a hobby, a pleasant experience, perhaps. As a serious creative activity with a claim to art, in my opinion - garbage.

              • anonym

                Brevity is the sister of talent :)) You with this one photo immediately explained all your 16 points :))

        • Valery A.

          I'm going to shoot (try) a black square.

      • Oleg

        Yes, about the basket is well noticed. Sometimes the best editor is the trash. As for the rav-jeepeg: If you are not going to process the photo in the future, if you are not involved in commercial photography, where each frame is important and do not like to break your eyes at the computer. That is quite suitable and jeep

        • anonym

          If you’re not going to process ... if you don’t do it ... and don’t like it, then Sony xperia l25i is quite suitable - it’s for sure there will be no problems with RAW-JPG and you can safely fill the basket “without fear and reproach”. But why then even shoot on camera? Mobile is our everything :)

          • Oleg

            Each has its own niche. Someone earns a photograph, someone takes pictures for himself after work. If there are no difficult conditions, the jeep is quite suitable for itself. The camera allows you to get a good result. Slightly contrast, slightly tighten the shadows, it is quite suitable. There will not be much difference with RAV. It is not always necessary to change the photo until it is recognizable. And you, as I understand it, is one of those who removes the wildlife of Mongolia and publishes in the national geography

            • anonym

              I won’t even argue - everyone has different requests. But what prevents you from shooting “for yourself” after work and getting guaranteed good pictures, rather than “what happens” with a SLR camera? Moreover, all the same, they returned to the topic “... a bit of contrast, a little lift of the shadows ...” So we are still talking about the need for minimal processing. So why give up in advance the opportunity to fix slowly what you missed while shooting with your hands? RAW gives you much more chances to fix your bugs and save the basket from really interesting shots - after all, there is not always time and the opportunity to tinker with settings with unexpected interesting plots :))
              And yes, I was not in Mongolia. Somehow it did not work out))) I prefer the islands :)))

            • anonym

              In order not to shake the air.
              Here is an example where you could poke your nose in the hour and think about the camera settings. It was really theoretically possible to get by and JPG

            • anonym

              But the situation when I had to shoot with what was exposed on the camera without looking. If not for RAW, it would have gone to the basket.

              It doesn’t matter whether you are renting a house or for National Geographic. Why not try to do better :))

            • anonym

              And yes, in order to round off, it’s already “Ostap suffered”: a very valuable property of RAW is precisely that it can be postponed with a clear conscience to “later” and return to it when your level of knowledge and competencies in processing allows you to do this more qualitatively.

    • Lynx

      5 kopecks today is a worthless thing, you can’t even buy matches.

      • Dim

        5. Photo printing is difficult (read - impossible) to obtain a result identical in color and quality, as on a monitor.
        ...
        10. Look more around, at your old work, at other people's work.
        12. The camera is always with you.
        13. No matter where you are, feel free to take a picture if you see a frame.
        Here with this I can agree. Although translating creativity into slogans is somehow rude, how laughed out loud in church. Rather, such nicks should be characteristic of the artisan, not the artist.

        • Lynx

          10 calibrate monitors and printing, and you will be happy.
          11. Better include brains.
          12. It is possible, but not necessary over time, unless you are a street player or a hipster, and this is generally trampled from the “subtracted slogans of photographers”.
          13. The issue of ethics is a very important issue. Sit a couple of days in the palliative ward in oncology and say it again.
          ..........
          and what's wrong with the craft of photography?

          • Ivan

            There is nothing wrong with the craft of photography, as in the craft. As in photography, there are downsides to the craft of photography.

            • Dim

              1. A good monitor costs very good money, as does a calibration system - personally, I don’t see the point of draining so much money, there are better ways to spend it.
              2. It is impossible to calibrate print in photo studios, to explain something there is a waste of valuable free time that can be spent on photographing.
              ***
              There is nothing wrong with the craft of photography, but art and craft are completely different things, the skills of a craftsman, as history shows, are not compatible with creativity, which is the basis of art.
              Successful trading requires a state of mind different from that in which it arrives in creativity, to combine in one person so many sometimes opposing qualities (not so often encountered by themselves) is unrealistic. If I am not mistaken, there are a sufficient number of proverbs and sayings covering this topic.

              • Lynx

                I didn’t even get into the right “answer”.
                Learn the history of art and the people who created it, as well as their relationship with money.
                From Bruegel and Leonardo to the Impressionists.

              • Dim

                I’m listening, comrade. Lynx!

              • Dim

                I can’t help but admire Lynx ☺-man, which is obvious for the first time in his life he hears about the differences between the creator and the artisan, and this material is literally the first chapters of any more or less standing course in the history of art and immediately sends a person who enlightens him on this subject with heights of his academic career - 'read' Vrubel and 'teach' Vasnetsov. My applause. A fool does not teach - what a clever girl.

              • Lynx

                don't judge people by yourself

      • anonym

        Wellcome to Belarash, we have passed the nomination, now for 5k matches you can buy)))

        • Lynx

          Well, don't be a millionaire.

        • Yarkiy

          And before the denomination, how much were the matches?

  • Sergey.

    The case when reading commentators delivers more than an article. In the article, everything is right and I will do it. But when amateurs begin to complement the pros, throwing their pennies and popping bubbles loudly in a puddle is very funny. : D

    • Yarkiy

      I agree, the comments delivered.)

      • Lynx

        schA will still be!

    • zengarden

      Many photographers (even without quotes) cannot accept the fact that the photos produce the same colors as in reality; therefore, they are wound up beyond recognition, but the picture is "bright and juicy, not like your rags." The main thing is that people like this, not natural. Take the rabbi, move the sliders, get a masterpiece! It’s like a woman with makeup and without it. Some people like glamor, while others like natural beauty.

      • Evgeny_d60

        If a lover has a soap box, he either twists the colors or enjoys a bad picture. So there is a trend that owners of large cameras are starting to follow.

      • anonym

        The paradigm, in fact, is correct, regarding glamor and nature, but does not quite agree with logic. It turns out that the root of evil is RAW, which is completely nonsense in its essence. Fans of “children’s colors” with acidic flowers kill JPG with the same great pleasure, turning the picture into “bright and juicy” with the light movements of the sliders in PS. In this case, turning JPG into a nightmare is much easier than RAW. Yarkiy did a little higher a very illustrative example of pop music :) So it's not a matter of file format, to be fair, but rather the culture and aesthetics of the creator.

        • Yarkiy

          In the bustle of days, a man has no time to contemplate around himself in search of beauty, and the natural colors and colors of gray everyday life become so boring that when he sees the feast of the sun and life, albeit exaggerated, but such alluring shades of a fairy tale, he involuntarily says “wow”, “wow.” And this impression will necessarily be written somewhere in the subcortex, so that next time it will work automatically.

          • anonym

            Yarkiy, I'm a big fan of your mantis :))

            • Yarkiy

              I don’t know which one, but keep one more.

              • anonym

                ABOUT!!! The handsome man is just green :)) Thank you!
                I mean that in the review 18-140. I really like this shoot. Stylish! But until he himself had matured before :( I tried (I was too lazy to clean the background). Yes, I’m too lazy to grow accessories with accessories - I’m having to remove them from my hands. Therefore, I’m exploiting RAW)))

              • Yarkiy

                And of course, here's another shot on the whale.

              • anonym

                Super! It is necessary for critics to show who shout that the cetaceans are in the furnace :) Or those who lack sharpness.
                Surprisingly, the models pose amazingly. It can be seen that the dialogue is established))) Respect to the author!

              • anonym

                Corrected a little. Photoshop to help :))

      • Lynx

        learn the theory of color, and modern CZK, so as not to carry such nonsense

      • Alexandr_N

        +1

    • Evgeny_d60

      And why not an amateur to complement the pros? Pros understand that amateur advice comes from amateur tasks that are completely different. Amateurs often learn from the pros, but quickly realize that the path is different. The pros should give a predictable result, but the amateur is interested in trying new things every time, in case of failure he can delete everything.
      Arcadia's tips for the pros, but they are interesting to everyone

  • Oleg

    I will try to dig deeper, in vain in the root.

    1. Unity and the struggle of opposites
    2. The transition of quantitative changes to qualitative
    3 negation of negation
    4. The dialectical triad

    • anonym

      Ltd! The man from our sandbox! Give creative freedom!

  • Oleg

    Well, I hope dialectical materialism is appropriate. Although we are followers of various religious faiths (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, etc.) :)))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It is appropriate :)

  • Lynx

    ALWAYS check the technique before going out and shooting.
    ALWAYS have spare parts for consumables - batteries, cards, business cards.
    ALWAYS have a clean handkerchief with you.

    • Oleg

      The first shooting rule in the city:
      I saw the toilet - go down.

      • Lynx

        well, it’s like someone with a bladder and infections.

        • Oleg

          It was a joke, if that.
          Visa card and a scarf?

          • Anonymous # 2

            A scarf in a breast pocket and voila - you are a snob.
            A business card can be inserted spontaneously interested passerby, or you can attach to the flash with a rubber band as a reflector.

          • Lynx

            a handkerchief, or even better with a pack of wet and dry wipes, is a necessary tool for shooting, from removing labor sweat from the forehead to wiping the hands of a model climbing on some kind of rusty piece of iron.
            A piece is no less useful and necessary than a knife.
            .......
            business cards amazingly help to establish contact with people around you, including those you shoot. it clearly shows that you are not a pervert maniac .... well and further down the list.

            • zengarden

              Well, if the business card says that you are NOT a pervert maniac, then many immediately lose interest ...

              • Lynx

                ahaha ... nice

              • Dim

                - Kolya, what did you learn from the lesson?
                - That the CPSU is not Slavina's last name.
                And still a real photographer will NEVER fit on a support of a line that is energized and does not allow others.

  • Daniel

    The topic is interesting, there is something to ponder. Arcadia’s advice is designed primarily for professional photographers, but not every amateur photographer has the opportunity or desire to become a professional, i.e. make a living by photography. What to advise them, lovers for whom photography is not a business, but a hobby, or an activity for the soul? It seems to me that tips should be more universal and less categorical, for example, like this:

    1. Start shooting, no matter what, no matter what, where and how, just try it.

    2. If it became interesting to you and you got a taste - do not stop, photography is not a drug and will not cause harm to health, and there is no superfluous knowledge and skills, everything in life can come in handy.

    3. If you want to succeed, be ready to make an effort, study the theory of photography, photographic equipment, improve practical photography techniques in various conditions.

    4. Do not be afraid of mistakes and failures, do not give in to criticism, remember - the road will overpower the one who walks.

    5. Do not count on quick results, nothing is given for nothing, mastery comes with years of hard work, trial and error. Even if you have the photographer’s frenzied talent, the talent should be further developed and improved, i.e. work on yourself.

    6. If you decide to become a professional photographer, be prepared for serious financial investments in your business. Professional tasks require professional tools, but they are not cheap. At a minimum, you need a powerful computer, a good large monitor, sharpened for graphics processing, a professional scanner, a photo printer, of course a DSLR, and there may be more than one, interchangeable optics, a solid high-quality compact with universal zoom, an external flash. What exactly you need, as a professional, you must know yourself, if you do not know, then you are not a professional yet.

    7. If you decide to remain an amateur, all the same for the development of skill and expansion of opportunities you will need high-quality photographic equipment, and therefore money for its acquisition. Be prepared for investments, but do not go beyond the limits of reasonable sufficiency, remember that even the “coolest” camera will not make you a “cool” photographer.

    8. The debate on the topic of “Nikon or Canon” does not make sense either for the amateur or for the professional (though for various reasons). For an amateur, it is important that the level of his photographic equipment approximately corresponds to the level of mastery achieved and does not significantly (just a little bit) exceed this level, as if by growth. An amateur in the matter of choosing photographic equipment needs to soberly assess his strength and listen to the opinion of more experienced amateurs and professionals.

    9. The worst enemy of the amateur photographer is the idea of ​​megapixel and rate of fire of the CTF that has become parasitic in the brain. All modern and even not very modern DSCs are quite megapixel and fast enough, so an amateur should pick up courage when choosing a camera and, in principle, not read the corresponding section of the instruction.

    10. Are you a professional or an amateur? Respect yourself, your client and viewer, do not be crooked, do not allow frank marriage in your work. Remember, Photoshop and RAW Converter will not replace strong skilled hands, an artistic view of things, knowledge of theory and mat. parts i.e. the actual camera.

    11. If you are a amateur photographer, strive to surpass the professional, precisely because you are an amateur, i.e. love and know how to shoot.

    12. If you are a professional, be careful not to become a craftsman, try to maintain a love of photography as an art, remain an amateur in the good sense of the word, remember that not everything in this world can and should be valued solely in monetary terms.

    • anonym

      Well, yes - they read this mantra at all photo courses :)

    • Max

      Blah blah blah…

    • Lynx

      garbage and pathos.

    • Chika

      And in my opinion Daniel wrote everything perfectly. Plus.
      PS
      pathos did not notice

  • anonym

    Dust:

    Once, they called me to take pictures for graduates. It turned out that the particularly finicky girls ordered an additional Professional Photographer. To create a photo book. I was only allowed to the crust with a portrait and general. Uncle arrived. Well, I think lucky me! Talking with the pros! I ask: “What camera?”, “1D!” He answers proudly. I think - cool! Where do I go with him with his Nikon D90 + 85 / 1.8. A little spread on general topics ... He took out a background from his big bag, two pulsed light sources and ... (he didn’t see the markings, but something like) CANON 600D and 18-55! I sat on a chair and began to REMOVE! Needless to say, the girls were very “satisfied” with the result. They thought, if a person calls himself a professional - this is so. I didn’t see the book, they didn’t show this shame to me, but a few photos on social networks came across: f8, background pegs in the background, strange angles, etc. Only pulsed light somehow separated the photo from the mass of ordinary amateur ones. And then I realized that my level is very, very good! “Not the gods burn pots!” Yes, I do not have enough D810, yes, I do not have enough PR, but, nevertheless, I am Handsome!

    Morality:

    Many professionals are not professionals at all! And many lovers are no longer lovers! It's just that not everyone has an understanding of a quality result! For many, just sharp (all over the frame) photos are enough. And the professional for them is an uncle with a big camera (it doesn’t matter what I bought her a month ago). Everyone has their own truth ...

    • Max

      Cool, true story bro, to tears ...

    • Pastor

      Pros are just people who take photos for money. And as in other professions, photography is full of mediocrity and loafers and fools at all. And if it’s just the same for such people in photography, then such nonspecialists in medicine or education scare much more.
      And yes, you are right, often for the money it turns out worse than if you were shooting a simple amateur. Again, there is a nuance of similarity with other professions. There are doctors who monitor all studies, try to make the most of the latest technology, take courses and improve their skills. There are also those who wanted to spit on education after university - they say, they have already unlearned, that's enough. And photographs often do not study. They just buy a camera simpler and take pictures. I also came across pros who shoot for money very lousy and with cheap simple equipment. A couple of years ago at the brother’s wedding, such a pro suggested at his 500d + 18-55 to remove the ceremony “for only 3 thousand.”
      Actually, this also happens in the report - I see reporters shooting whale zooms on the initial cameras. And so-so pictures come out. At the same time, they impudently climb into the thick of the event, where ordinary people have no entrance. And I stand in the crowd with noticeably more expensive equipment and with my own interest, and these pros with initial cameras and without any interest in shooting hang out in front of me and block the view. It really bothers me personally, I think other spectators’ back also bothers the back of a professional who closes the action.
      Thank God, there are many photographers who, like other good pros in their professions, learn new things, use good technique and always give excellent results.

      • Lynx

        but here we have a man who is sure that pros are required to have cool equipment, and a whale is for beginners.

        • Pastor

          Not required, but more often it is. I have not seen photographers at political summits with whales, mostly these are the top Nikon and Canon lenses. Also, serious wedding men, even at the regional level, are filmed for more serious optics. I’m not talking about higher level wedding men. Well, landscape painters, portrait painters also have their own lenses, without using a whale. And if the whale can still be used for the landscape, then for the portrait it is much more difficult, you yourself know why. For reporting, the speed of the whale is not enough, and it does not differ in reliability. And reliability is not only needed in reporting. A light blow or just frequent use can disable the whale, while profiled lenses endure prolonged use and even very noticeable bumps and drops. In addition, for the pros it is often important to be able to shoot at any time, whether it be a sunny day or a night shower, and here again, lens protection is needed and a high aperture is highly desirable.
          So, of course, no one owes anything to anyone, but the fact remains - most pros are rented on professional equipment. The same carcasses, for example. Two pros on the reporting with 500d and 7dm2 will shoot completely different reports, because autofocus speed, ease of operation and shooting speed are very important here. It is not necessary for an amateur to catch every moment, but for a pro it is important. Right now in RIO everyone uses 1dh2, 5dsr, d5 and other top-end carcasses. And the glasses, respectively - 16-35, 24-70, 70-200, 300, 400, 500, 600 (if you believe the photos of their equipment and interviews). That is, they have only top-end optics and carcasses, no whales and initial cameras.
          On the other hand, this does not completely cancel the fact that give a good pro a whale in his hands and he will do fine giving the result better than a beginner with a top-end set of equipment. DigitalTV has an excellent selection of videos about how professionals are given some very miserable cameras and nevertheless they give out a very suitable picture. The last time the landscapes were filmed on an old Nikon compact with 3 megapixels, something like my coolpix 990. And the landscapes came out quite suitable. Nevertheless, this pro himself does not take off for the initial set, but for the d810 with a set of decent expensive lenses. So yes, pros most often can do a lot on a whale, but they work with serious equipment.

          • Lynx

            A good photographer differs from a novice in that he can shoot on a variety of equipment.
            and most often it is he, and not the equipment, that produces the result of the shooting. Professional equipment is simply more convenient and reliable, has a greater breadth of possibilities. ”
            But to judge whether a professional person or “niprof” by the presence of his top glass - amateurism.

            • Pastor

              Then I am an amateur, there is much to learn :)

              • anonym

                that's when you learn to shoot on KIT, like a pro on the Elks, you can assume that they have reached their level)))

        • anonym

          oh, this is something new. whale for pros

          • Lynx

            this is new only for losers

  • Kostya

    The link "share to facebook" does not work.

  • anonym

    then you will surely fall for one of the marketing hooks (for example, the color from the fuji!). Lynx has been hanging on this hook for a long time.

  • Semen

    that with one shutter release you can immediately get more than 8 pictures on a flash drive (now torment yourself trying to guess how I did it

    And how is that?

  • anonym

    a taxi driver who respects himself and clients will never work on * VAZ - a penny *. The same is with a professional photographer, IMHO.

    • anonym

      carburetor = CCD
      injection = CMOS

  • Dimas

    So all the same, how to make 8+ photos with one shutter release? )
    rav + jpeg = 2
    duplication to the second flash drive * = 2 (total 4)
    It's not a burst, right? It became interesting.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      White balance bracketing on some cameras. For example, on the same Nikon d700, you can make a fork for 9 pictures. One shutter release is made - 9 JPEG files are recorded on a memory card with different BB values.

      • Alexander

        It is always very useful to read the attached instructions, especially for technically complex products. You can find out a lot of interesting things))) No one canceled the materiel.
        Arkady, thank you for your work. I find your site very useful.

  • Ivan

    Good all the time of day!
    Please tell me where can I find the camera profile in Lightroom for nikon d7200?

  • Dmitriy

    Good day! In fact, I am a camera user, but I want to add something to the topic of the article.
    Want to learn how to take pictures? Take a picture! Somewhere in the bowels of the Internet I read the thought: the opportunity to take the best shot appears when the camera is ... at home! You can memorize all the settings of the photographic equipment by heart, pronounce the radar of standard apertures on both sides by heart, immediately calculate the distance of the hyperfocal, but ... the sense of all this is exactly zero without constant practice.
    And vice versa: a newcomer purchases the first CZK, even after brainwashing by marketing specialists. WOW! What pictures! And there are many automatic settings, convenient! But, if only after a couple of months the camera is not cast as an unnecessary toy, after ten thousand frames he begins to notice that he wants better quality! And the sharpness at the edges is not enough, and the aberration of the eye cut! And in general: on forums people with the same technique spread such masterpieces! And he will inevitably come to what Arkady is trying to convey with our articles to our brains!
    Carry your camera with you wherever you can! Shoot everything that seems interesting! Do not be afraid that the result at first seems terrible. With practice, experience and skill will come! Give it a try! Experiment!
    Many thanks to Arkady for his work! Very few resources exist where everything is explained so simply and easily!

  • Pavel Bannikov

    Arkady, tell us how you started to print your pictures? I could not find an article on this topic on the site. Literally today, for the first time, I printed my photo and a picture that played so nicely on the monitor in a photoshoot, now causing an attack of epilepsy))))
    What questions should be asked to a salon employee in order to expect good quality images? Or spit and buy home expensive equipment to print for yourself?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I started with a 6-color photo printer and dancing with a tambourine to achieve good color on A4. Then I printed about 3000 pictures on it to understand something. In general, I print a lot of photo books for customers in photo labs, usually everything is buzzing there. If the photo on the monitor is the same as when printing, the photo lab is good, otherwise it’s bad. If the monitor is somehow frail, notebook, on the TN matrix, then it will not work to achieve a match of the prints.

  • Dmitriy

    The same is now faced with a color rendering problem. I master RAW processing forcedly on a laptop. And when viewing photos, for example at work, on whiter or less decent monitors, the result is far from always acceptable. Although I noticed that if the picture was really successfully taken, then it looks on any screen. I straighten my hands slowly. :)
    I’m keeping silent about attempts to print on a home four-color printer.

  • Koba

    I myself had been busy pre-printing glossy magazines for a long time, and color separation, and so on ... Of course, you can achieve full color matching on the monitor and prints (visually, of course, not technically, not 100%), but to do all this you need to have appropriate equipment, that is, a monitor with 10 or more bit colors (the board must be installed there appropriate), as well as with the best matrix, so that you can calibrate it. This all goes easier on the Mac, as the OS has a built-in color management system, and this system is directly supported by all programs. All this can be achieved at the ZS, but somehow we at the publishing house tormented it and after long attempts abandoned this business, although later more advanced calibration systems and new OSs from Microsoft came out and I think that now all this can be done relatively simply. It’s also possible to calibrate the printer, and I personally somehow calibrated it, for the sake of interest, I spent about a week on it, the result was amazing, but on Mas I got it for a couple of hours. Recently, I’m not campaigning for Mas, I myself sent him to hell, since everything is too expensive, Apple rips off a lot of money for all this ... By the way, to achieve color matching, you first need to master the methods of color correction, which is not at all easy, but it is quite possible, take the wonderful Margulis book and even get something digestible from a frank marriage. The argument that choosing Canon or Nikon makes no sense, except that only because Canon can be sold faster and lose less money, the company is sealed by the manufacturing company and, of course, it agrees with their marketing, although they have really good equipment options. Over the past 2 weeks, a friend lent me a new Pentax K-1 with their 24-70 / 2,8. It’s just a great camera, after it it’s hard to return to other cameras, for example, to my Canon 5D3. Surprised? A terribly clean picture is contrasted with Kenon's terrible banding, amenable to any processing, low noise, with the broadest DD, etc. Autofocus system? In the new pentax, it is many times better than in the 5D3, and in the dark the kenon simply goes blind. Surprised again? And all this can be bought for exactly half the price of 5D3 + Canon 24-70 / 2.8. By the way, the pentax is completely dust and water tight, in addition, and has a fluttering illumination of buttons and mount ... This is me so as to show the pointlessness of the debate about technology and color ...

  • Ivan Wolverine

    yes, not a site but a House of Soviets :-)))

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