Old school or just old?

Shot yesterday with a Panasonic GH3 and 14-140mm lens.


In a review of the Sony A7r there was this:-


For

  • High resolution sensor
  • No AA filter
  • Full frame
  • Inbuilt Wi-Fi

Against

  • No touchscreen
However I thought they had got some of that the wrong way round and it should have read:-

For

  • High resolution sensor
  • No AA filter
  • Full frame
  • No touchscreen

Against  

  • Inbuilt Wi-Fi

Someone posted a comment on Google+ after my comments on the Panasonic GM1 micro camera and asked 'Are you kidding?'

Obviously not a regular reader!

So what does this make me? Technophobe? Old-fashioned? Old School? Just Old?

I wrote this below for a post I haven't posted, mainly because of the reaction that I could anticipate if I did.

'There is a difference for me between a photographer and someone who takes photographs. A photographer is someone, who when they walk out of their front door carrying a camera, their primary consideration and purpose is to create photographs. A photographer is therefore someone who creates and 'makes' photographs rather than taking them. A photographer is someone who values the images they create over what they used to take them every time. A photographer is someone who has a point of view (literally)'

It struck me that this might be an opportunity to take some time to outline more clearly the 'philosophy' behind this blog, what I write, and why I write it. New readers are arriving all the time so I thought it might be a good idea to run through some of the differences between what you will get here as opposed to what you get elsewhere.

As Groucho Marx famously said:- 'I don't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.'

There are some things that should be understood about what I write and why I write it. The first and most important is that this is not a money making exercise for me, in any way shape or form. I do run google ads, but in terms of income this is literally pennies per day. I have a full-time job as a photographer. These days this consists of mostly shooting stock photography for selling on picture library websites with the occasional commissioned job. I am in the process of attempting to set up a new social photography business, but that is still in its early days and if it does get off the ground it won't impact on my earnings until next year at least. In the past I have been a portrait photographer specialising in the performing arts and have run my own studio, I have shot weddings, events and worked for travel companies, industry, educational institutions and a model agency. I also ran a picture library for a number of years.

I have no vested interest in getting people to read this, so can to a large extent allow myself to write what I think. Whether I offend people or write from a purely subjective point of view is of no consequence for how much I earn. A vanity exercise? Well of course. What blog and / or self appointed 'review' or comment site isn't? So is this an attempt to be an 'expert' or 'guru' of the photographic internet? Certainly not. If you want advice or an objective analysis of technique, gear or anything else for that matter, then you should look elsewhere. I have always believed that blogging should be spontaneous, of the moment and if I contradict myself or just change my mind, then I have no problem with that. Every post is written 'off the cuff' and I often start with little idea of what I'm going to write. This post, for example, was a reaction to the quote from a review at the top of the page and is evolving as I write it. I have no real idea where its going or where it will end up. I do this because I enjoy it, because I need a respite from the constant editing and uploading I do every day, and yes because I have an audience. Not as big as some, but huge as far as I'm concerned. My primary aim is to entertain that audience, rather than inform. For my gear 'tests' you will get a few comparison shots, but mostly lots of experiences, personal takes on how things perform for my specific needs and an honest opinion on how it works for me. For technical data and test bench analysis, you will have to look elsewhere.

And of course I have my prejudices. I like retro, I like 'serious' cameras. I earn 100% of my income from photography, but like to think of myself as still an enthusiast, a hobbyist as well. I like using new gear and enjoy cameras as artefacts as well as tools. I have no time for photographers who claim their camera isn't important, it is. Though using it isn't an end in itself. The gear we use these days is often short lived, but the images we create with it hopefully aren't. I do like large cameras, but have trouble carrying them around these days so am constantly seeking alternatives that do what the big (D)SLR's and Medium-Format cameras I have used in the past did, produce high-quality images that I can sell. If I enjoy the experience of working with them, that's a bonus.
 
So I like light gear, but not so small that I have difficulties using it. I have no desire to ever put my camera in a pocket. Having it ready to create pictures is far more important.
 
I (particularly) LIKE
 
Retro design.
Nikon lenses.
Mirrorless Cameras. 
DSLR Cameras.
Leica.
Photographers who create photographs because they almost feel compelled to do so.
Photographers who 'go their own way.'
The craft of Photography.

I (particularly) HATE

Lomo, Diana, Holga, Lensbaby and the rest of that landfill.
People who feel the need to criticise other peoples work (and usually never post any of their own!)
The cliches of photography and camera ownership.
People on forums who just repeat what everybody else writes and absorb it as some kind of 'truth.'
Closed minds.
Photographic dogma of every kind.
 
 
So now you know!!
 
Finally in the words of Bobby Z - 'I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.'
 
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