Philosophy of a Photographer
A few words from Scott Thadd Grant of Frameworthy Photography:
As far as equipment goes, I’m a Nikon guy. I originally shot with Minolta on film (not counting the Kodak Instamatic I had as a boy). When I made the leap to digital capture, I graduated to Minolta’s 5D. I used that a great deal and refined my craft. As I became more proficient, I traded up to the Nikon D300. It’s a quality piece of equipment that has enabled me to grow as a photographer.
I am a real shutterbug. My wife will tell you that I’d rather shoot than eat! It’s not uncommon to get up at 4:00 AM to get into position for that “golden light" that you get in the early morning sun. I almost always shoot in manual mode, and I will shoot in NEF (Nikon’s RAW capture). Shooting RAW gives a photographer maximum control over the files. It then lets you “enhance" a photo to its greatest potential.
Photography, to me, is all about capturing a split second in time, and if I’ve done my job, it’s magic.
In terms of digital enhancement, my philosophy is that less is more. Any good photographer has to have some proficiency in the digital darkroom, but you have to have quality work to start with. There’s no resurrecting a poorly shot image, but a good eye can overcome minor deficiencies. That’s not to say that digital manipulation is not a form of art, but in landscape photography, natural is best.
I’ve been shooting seriously for the last fifteen years, eight digitally. I study photography as much as possible. I read via books or Internet, network with other photographers, study other photographer’s work for ideas, techniques and inspiration, and practice, Practice, PRACTICE!!! I also have a web presence on a photo sharing site known as Photo.net where photographers can post their work, submit work for critiquing, or just display a portfolio.