Don’t Take the Clickbait

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Stop! Put the camera down! You are doing it wrong! … Welcome to clickbait for photographers!

Ever feel like that’s what photography magazines and websites are telling you? We must all have seen headlines like this: 10 Embarrasing Mistakes that Beginner Photographers Make… or… How to Avoid These Common Landscape Photo Errors.

These are the photographer version of the clickbait you see everywhere on the the internet: He Opened His Car Door. You won’t Believe What Happened Next! “What did happen next?” I think. It’s the same when you read one of these headlines. “Crikey I must be doing photography all wrong,” I think. “Must click and find out why.”

Obviously, with the torrent of content out there it takes a lot to catch people’s attention. But do  media really have to brazenly exploit photographer’s insecurities just to get some eyeballs? Woudn’t it be great if people could just enjoy their photography without worrying if they are doing it right?

It’s a cliche to say that it’s the person not the camera that takes the photo. But to an extent it’s also true that is isn’t the technique that takes the photo either. So what if you don’t have perfect technique? Who does? Photos don’t always have be perfectly in focus, perfectly composed. Sometimes it’s fun to break the rules. Often worrying about the technical side of things means you miss the moment and the inspiration disappears. It’s certainly takes away a lot of the fun.

Of course, I’m always trying to improve as a photographer, technique or otherwise. And there’s enough useful content out there for lifetimes of study. It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have in your hand. It’s also true that the best technique you have is the technique you have now. Like the camera, it’s all you have now. Don’t worry about the errors. Don’t take the clickbait!

Well. glad I got that off my chest. Now I’ll go out and take some photos. You Won’t Believe What Happens Next! Follow the Link to Find Out. 😉