Recently, I found that being ignorant is good at times, some incidents make me thinking if I did the right thing.
I'm an armature in photography, before getting my m4/3 8 months ago, I'm using pns all the while, never use a DSLR at all. I wanted better photographs and more controls to what I want, started to do research on what is a DSLR other basic stuffs. Then after acquiring a interchangeable lens camera, I learn more and more things, like what is DOF, how to use metering. Then find out what is a good lens, what aperture should I use for a particular shot to bring out my subjects.
My reason for starting this thread is because of comments about photographs from my colleagues.
1 of them bought a DSLR for trip to europe, she know nuts about photography. When she came back, she show everyone her winning shot. It's a cityscape with a building (probably a church) that stands out from the rest due to its height and lighting. Everyone sing praises about the shot and keep saying it's a masterpiece, even after a few weeks. When I first look at it, I shouted out, 'Oh, why is it so noisy!? what was the ISO setting?' Then I find out it's at ISO6400, at this ISO, photo is very noisy, details are lost, colours are washed out. Colleagues don't understand what I mean even when I point out to them, noise is very obvious but they just can't see it. This photo is set as desktop wallpaper in my colleague's workstation.
Another colleague use a sub $300 pns and likes to shoot flowers. Other colleagues and she herself find the shots were excellent, proudly show it to us and put in fb. When I see the photos, I immediately spot some of them OOF, blur due to handshake, artificial colours, very poor bokeh, main object does not stand out due to deep DOF, main object is too dark due to wrong exposure setting.
I've taken some fireworks during NDP preview, all comment it's excellent while I say it's bad. To me they barely pass.
A friend with DSLR knows little about photography, acquire a 50mm f1.8 and use it occasionally to shoot portrait (snapshot I would say), photos which I saw was soft and have very poor bokeh due to using it wide open. She find them to be quite good, nothing wrong.
They tell me there is no difference in quality for photos taken with DSLR and a pns, even if it's shooting the same thing. What I can easily see in most their photos are blown highlights/shadows, artificial colours, poor bokeh.
I wonder if it's better if I don't learn at all, continue using pns and be easily satisfied with my shots. Anyone got such experience/thinking before?