15 Lies about Photography
I thought I would follow up my previous article, 15 Truths about Photography, with one focusing on common lies, errors and misconceptions that get thrown around in forums and photography gatherings world wide. I’m sure you’ll recognise many of them. I’m preparing an article explaining why each assertion is not true, but feel free to question my choices in the comments section.
- You can fix it later in Photoshop.
- Long focal length lenses have a shallower depth of field.*
- Full-frame DSLRs are better than APS-C DSLRs.
- Film is better than digital.
- Digital is better than film.
- Film is dead.
- Digital is dead.
- I only take photos for myself.
- Real photographers shoot JPEG.
- The only way to make great photographs is by using the most expensive equipment. (Corollary: you can’t make good photographs with a P&S.)
- I take pretty landscape and flower pictures, and that qualifies me to shoot a wedding.
- Real photographers don’t have websites.
- The pop-up flash is useless.
- You need at least 12 megapixels if you plan to make 8×10 prints.
- Photography blogs suck.
*: This is actually true at medium to large distances from your subject (see the article linked below for clarification).
You might like to read Justifying 15 Lies about Photography after reading this list, to know what was going through my mind.