Hi all, I am still starting out on photography, and I've noticed there seems to be two school of thoughts by photographers around me.
The first school believes shots must be set-up and well-prepared. If I go out on a shoot, I need to know what I am shooting. I need to know what's my subject, what kind of shot am I aiming for, is my tripod ready, every shot counts towards a final goal. A well-prepared photographer will make every shot count. Use manual mode, make sure your ISO is good, make sure your shutter speed and aperture are right, and SHOOT!
The second school believes there is no way to know what shots will turn out good or what will turn out bad. Every minute I waste standing there and preparing or thinking is also a shot wasted. In short...go out there and shoot EVERYTHING. A good photographer must have his camera ready to whip out. If I see a kid run by, SHOOT. If I see a a cat stretching itself, SHOOT. If i see a basketball game, SHOOT. If I keep shooting and shooting, I will have 1000 shots. But there will be treasures among them.
Made this thread because of an argument among two friends who seem to embrace their school to the extreme (or they just want to spite each other).
School 2: Just shoot lah!
School 1: Siao. You don't even know what you are shooting.
School 2: At least I don't need to waste time, I can shoot much more pictures than you.
School 1: But your pics won't turn out good. If you don't prepare, then you are only going to fail. Don't be nonsense, anyhow take photos is as good as wasting your time.
School 2: But you cannot predict what situation will happen. If you want to shoot sunset, maybe weather is cloudy. If you want to shoot birds, maybe they are in hiding. If you want to shoot kids playing, maybe you can't find any. Why not just go out there and just take random shots? Maybe you will find something you like.
Note that no one says I can't practice both way of shooting. I am just curious which school of photography you prefer.