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    Default Re: how to be a better photographer (and everything else) !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by zaren
    better photographers do not use a lens cap for pinhole photography lah....they use a biscuit tin!
    make a pinhole camera out of your DSLR mah.

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    be active, not reactive (also noted in points #3 and #8). it's so easy to react emotionally to a situation, or find a temporary solution to the 'symptoms' of the problem....but not so easy to analyze the 'cause'. if 'things like that shouldn't happen at all', ACT on it....make sure it doesn't happen again.

    listen carefully before acting or speaking. if you doing photography commercially, listen carefully to your clients. if you are into photography for 'yourself' (aka fine arts, hobby).... listen to your heart.

    when things go wrong, it is human nature to 'tai-chi' away the blame to somebody/thing else. but things don't just happen without reasons or causes. listen carefully to ourselves in such situations and often we find we have a part to play in the root of the cause.

    be a problem-solver, not a problem-giver. do not solve a problem by creating another problem (as far as possible). it's a mantra i try to live by each and everyday, but so hard to implement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereobox
    be active, not reactive (also noted in points #3 and #8). it's so easy to react emotionally to a situation, or find a temporary solution to the 'symptoms' of the problem....but not so easy to analyze the 'cause'. if 'things like that shouldn't happen at all', ACT on it....make sure it doesn't happen again.

    listen carefully before acting or speaking. if you doing photography commercially, listen carefully to your clients. if you are into photography for 'yourself' (aka fine arts, hobby).... listen to your heart.

    when things go wrong, it is human nature to 'tai-chi' away the blame to somebody/thing else. but things don't just happen without reasons or causes. listen carefully to ourselves in such situations and often we find we have a part to play in the root of the cause.

    be a problem-solver, not a problem-giver. do not solve a problem by creating another problem (as far as possible). it's a mantra i try to live by each and everyday, but so hard to implement.
    well said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markccm
    make a pinhole camera out of your DSLR mah.
    someone has made a pinhole camera out of his mouth.
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terence
    I guess I made an invalid point about owning one of those then. My bad.
    mebbe so, but IMHO working with a simple camera like a lomo does make photography less stressful and more fun.
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNIGHT ONG
    zuo lang .. qin chai can liao ... meh gei kou ..
    zuo lang .. smart can liao ... but dun act smart ..

    not related to a better photographer ??
    related lah...... being smart means being selective about what and when to shoot. which leads to better photos.

    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren
    very simple....just heed the "gold words"....


    8. less emotional?

    It good to shoot without feel the "subject"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupi Guy
    It good to shoot without feel the "subject"?
    i think less emotional here means not overreacting to situations, and keeping calm when things get hot or ugly.

    shooting a subject that u feel passionately abt is good though.
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren
    i think less emotional here means not overreacting to situations, and keeping calm when things get hot or ugly.

    shooting a subject that u feel passionately abt is good though.

    Oic....thanks
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    how to be a better photographer? be like zaren

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    how to be a better photographer? be like zaren
    no! be like eikin!
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    Default Re: how to be a better photographer (and everything else) !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by zaren
    no! be like eikin!
    Be like Zareneikin.

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    why be like me? i probably know less than half a percent of what an average amateur knows about photography

    my friend just told me, to be a better photographer, don't depend on anyone else

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    Quote Originally Posted by eikin
    why be like me? i probably know less than half a percent of what an average amateur knows about photography

    my friend just told me, to be a better photographer, don't depend on anyone else
    don't depend on anyone else = learn the hard way + individualism

    yep...agree with that.

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    Default Re: how to be a better photographer (and everything else) !!!

    Remember to take the lens cap off.



    Time, is an effortless construction :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo
    Remember to take the lens cap off.



    good point....always remember the basics!
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo
    Remember to take the lens cap off.




    Especially with a rangefinder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by student
    Especially with a rangefinder!
    whew, thankfully my oly 5060 automatically pushes the lens cap off when i power on the camera.
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Default Re: how to be a better photographer (and everything else) !!!

    to be a better photographer

    • RTFM
    • shoot shoot shoot
    • see your picture b4 you press the shutter
    • think different

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    Default Re: how to be a better photographer (and everything else) !!!

    - Get ur basics right. When in doubt, go back to basics
    - A touch of inferiority complex helps
    - Stop thinking of how the camera would look like and how stylo it looks. Start thinking of how the picture would look like instead
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