PenGun wrote:This part of the problem. The cameras do all the work now and people blame the camera for their mistakes and mediocre results. They never learn the basics even, just buy another piece of equipment if it's not working out.
I just go where it's really wonderful and take pictures of it. A huge amount of what I do is getting there and really is at least half the fun. I don't carry my camera anywhere except out into the wilderness, no snap shots, no family, well hardly ever, just pictures of the bush.
I know what I am doing. I know what I want and I know how to go about getting it. This started nearly 40 years ago for me, so maybe that's why.
I haven't been shooting for 40 years, but I used cameras prior to the availability of AF. About 10 years ago I became an "enthusiast," in the sense of being enthusiastic about taking pictures, not the modern connotation of an "enthusiast" being someone who dumps gobs of money into gear. But it's only recently - the last 3 years or so - that I've grown into shooting with a vision, a purpose other than nailing focus and exposure.
I don't photograph people, either. I'm probably guilty of most of the digicam snapshooter stereotypes, though, including taking an inordinate number of kitty photos.