D Pentney wrote:I'll second the idea of preperation information, particularly the idea of researching a location to shoot assuming you've never been there before.
I think as a wider comment, and this might sound harsh but it really is just an obsevration, all magazines have too much basic information. I consider myself pretty much a beginner, so I'm not coming at this with any aloofness, but a lot of information seems to assume that the people buying the mag have literally just picked up a Dslr for the first time. Ok, you have to cater for everyone, but I could go and by a beginners book that will cover all of that for less than a tenner. By the time I've got to the end of it, I'll know about DOF, the rule of theirds, leading lines, and shutter speed. I really don't need to have it fed to me month after month in bite-size pieces. I think you have to assume the readership has a basic understanding - and for those new to it, why not have something online to refer them back to? A beginners guide thats done once and for all, and whenever you mention a key skill you can have a footnote with a link to tell them what it's all about.
I'd like to see a more behind-the-scenes look at taking a picture, like a walk-through of the day, which would show the evolution of how the photographer got to the final print. And. critically, why that photographer chose one thing over another. In fact, the 'why' or the choices a photographer makes would be of great value to me when I face a variety of ways to capture a scene or portrait. For example; telling me I can get large DOF using f16, or small using f4 is all well and good.. but I'd like to know why would I wish to apply one over the other. In other words, I'd like to have an insight into the mind of that photographer from the worst test shot to the finished article. And I'd like to see a progression and short critique of all the bad images, not just the best ones.
In a lot of ways, I would prefer the less tangible, and harder to put into words, thoughts and inspirations that go through the heads of pro's as they go about their work to the literal 'how-to' instructions of using a tripod for long exposures.
ALwin wrote:And I second this. And not just researching a location, how about undergoing security training/preventative measures if the location is a conflict/danger zone, getting vaccinations, choosing what gear to bring and how to pack, so on.
Chris Humphreys wrote:ALwin wrote:And I second this. And not just researching a location, how about undergoing security training/preventative measures if the location is a conflict/danger zone, getting vaccinations, choosing what gear to bring and how to pack, so on.
Please don't take this the wrong way Aung, but you seem to be quite pre-occupied with conflict / danger photography. Just wondered why, it is after all a pretty specialist field?
Sorry that should be 105 not 115. Thanks.ALwin wrote:Oh thanks, I guess I have to go back and check them out. My last issue was 113 so will be re-reading what I missed, though the 115 issue about Claire spending a day or so on a Navy ship, I thought that was in a previous issue? 115 hasn't even come out yet.
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