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Have you noticed? Technique has disappeared
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Oct 16, 2020 14:29:44   #
SteveR Loc: Dallas
 
Years ago, technique of various kinds was a big part of the discussions in this section. Now it seems it's all about equipment, software or problems relating to the two.

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Oct 16, 2020 14:49:13   #
Jim70 Loc: Delaware
 
yep, that's why I moved back to film.

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Oct 16, 2020 14:53:35   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 


Sign of the times?

Technology rules?

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Oct 16, 2020 15:05:50   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
SteveR wrote:
Years ago, technique of various kinds was a big part of the discussions in this section. Now it seems it's all about equipment, software or problems relating to the two.


I didn’t notice technique has disappeared, but now that you mention it I do agree discussions here are more about software and gear.

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Oct 16, 2020 15:41:36   #
larryepage Loc: North Texas
 
Given today's advances in gear, usable results are much more achievable without worrying about technique. For instance, 98% of folks here seem to believe that VR/IS/whatever is the most important thing in photography. With today's VR, who thinks they need to worry about proper technique for holding a camera and releasing the shutter?

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Oct 16, 2020 15:42:36   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
I wish we could talk more about technique. I believe photography is 80% knowledge / technique and 20% equipment. Just look at some of the award winning cell phone camera images.

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Oct 16, 2020 15:49:55   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
larryepage wrote:
Given today's advances in gear, usable results are much more achievable without worrying about technique. For instance, 98% of folks here seem to believe that VR/IS/whatever is the most important thing in photography. With today's VR, who thinks they need to worry about proper technique for holding a camera and releasing the shutter?

I still do. Does that mean that it extends the VR operation?

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Oct 16, 2020 15:58:03   #
User ID
 
Strodav wrote:
I wish we could talk more about technique. I believe photography is 80% knowledge / technique and 20% equipment. Just look at some of the award winning cell phone camera images.


Uh huh. Phone pix are nearly 100% hardware and nearly zero technique. Most phones offer the user no control over the camera ... unless one thinks that aiming is a technique.

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Oct 16, 2020 16:09:49   #
BebuLamar
 
Longshadow wrote:


Sign of the times?

Technology rules?


So we replaced technique with technology? Similar though right?

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Oct 16, 2020 16:14:07   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
On the 11th I wrote, "Very few long-time members seem interested in hosting educational discussions."

srt101fan observed, "it may not be lack of interest but awareness of the difficulty of doing it and concern regarding the reception your topic might get?"

He has a valid point. Some of my own past main discussion topics became quite the spectacle, so I don't really blame those who are reluctant to try.

But, Steve, if not you then who?

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Oct 16, 2020 16:15:48   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
User ID wrote:
Uh huh. Phone pix are nearly 100% hardware and nearly zero technique. Most phones offer the user no control over the camera ... unless one thinks that aiming is a technique.


But most of the posts here are not about Phone cameras. They are usually about higher performance cameras or software.

So it seems to me that the message is that the complexity of modern cameras, and software, has become the #1 issue for users. Technique is still an issue but it is no longer the #1 issue.

I suggest that gear and software problems occur right away. We see a lot of queries about that. Once the newer users are able to use the camera For a while, then it occurs to them maybe there is some technique they need to learn.

And FYI I’m not a new user, but I am always open to learning new technique.

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Oct 16, 2020 16:17:01   #
via the lens Loc: Northern California, near Yosemite NP
 
It's just this forum, technique is alive and well in other website forums.

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Oct 16, 2020 16:19:02   #
larryepage Loc: North Texas
 
Longshadow wrote:
I still do. Does that mean that it extends the VR operation?


I would say yes. With good technique, it is possible to hand hold a camera at what would seem to be ridiculous shutter open times...like a quarter of a second at 50mm...or even a little longer.

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Oct 16, 2020 16:20:00   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Practice is cheaper than another new camera.

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Oct 16, 2020 16:22:42   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Practice is cheaper than another new camera.

Boy howdy!

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