do f-stops and shutter really matter?

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by alef, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. sajana

    sajana ting ting da ting

  2. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

  3. stdPikachu

    stdPikachu Plughole in bathtub curve

    You can't add details with photoshop that weren't in the image to begin with (unless you want to fabricate the entire scene, in which case learning 3DS Max would probably be a more worthwhile hobby). Image editing suites are fine for changing scratches, colour balances and the like (getting correct temperature pictures on slide film under varied FL lighting is next to impossible) Hence the image needs to be properly exposed in the first place.

    All these people saying that mucking about with different f-stops and the like is pointless obviously haven't done any technically taxing photography, such as macro work. Sure, there's a time and a plce for auto-everything, but don't knock the tried and tested approach of "getting it right".
  4. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    Bang on. It's everything in commercial photography.
    One of the first questions I ask my art directors on a job is what DOP are we going for. It toatally gives the feel and accent of the work context. eg when I shoot for magazine A, the 'look' as dictated by the DOP that there readers respond to is mid range, quite long (11 - 16): For mag B the look may be full open (2.8 - 4.5) for product still life it's usually tight as - every tiny detail in focus (45 - 64).
    It's the cornerstone of creative image making.
  5. Chorlton

    Chorlton CEO of Stupid

    time spent worrying about DOF and the rest in the field would be better spent taking pics and worrying about it later in tattieshop...

    Original - not arsed about DOF:

    Potatoshopped afterwards to remedy that:

  6. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    No, that's just lazy practise.
    Get a grip on DOP (which is not rocket science) and you wouldn't need to 'worry' about it - you'd be able to apply it creativly and not have to dick around in p'shop later. "I'll sort it out in photoshop" is the mantra of the photographer who can't be arsed to properly learn the skill of taking an image in camera.
  7. Chorlton

    Chorlton CEO of Stupid

    darn straight....

    its also the mantra of a photographer who doesn't want to spend all day dicking about outside and can be relaxing with a can and a bat in front of photshop later....

    i am of course, saying these comments tongue in cheek, but it is something that i has been crossing my mind, better to learn the art of photography the way it was or to embrace technology and learn how to maxmise the potential of potatoshop? I think no one would argue its a wee bit of both but i think that knowing your way round after effects is becoming much more imporant in these days of more forgiving cameras and more pwerful editing tools

    I think there is mibbe a wee bit of snobbery creeping in about photoshop and i'm not sure where its coming from - of course some people will always go overboard with it, its like anything else but subtle tweaks in photoshop are surely no different to dark-room trickery of the past? except maybe its easier and more immediate which may be the problem
  8. Barking_Mad

    Barking_Mad Non sibi sed omnibus

    In answer to the original question it all depends on what you are trying to achieve with your photograph. Good photo's can exist without knowledge of f-stops and shutter speeds, but try taking a photo of a fast moving object without a high shutter speed and you won't get what you want. Or try taking a photo of a night scene with a disposable camera and you'll get a heap of crap.
  9. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    As a professional I do both but the later is redundant without the former.

    Mis-guided. Again relying on your camera - or rather the camera's computer to 'forgive' you is lazy. I do not rely on my re toucher to forgive any mistakes. I give him images that are as near perfect as I can create them in camera and then we work magic so the client has exactly what they want. If the source is of poor quality (and I'm not talking file size!), there is some but not much p'shop can do.

    No snobbery mate :D Last week I was working on a £25k Imacon/Hassleblad system with the captures going down the pipe to a retoucher on a duel pro G5 and at the end of the day, one file ran to 78 layers and 2.8GB - 6 images to make one image - but each composite had to be photographicly bang on to start with... IN CAMERA.

    As a professional, I just wouldn't get away with not knowing in detail, every aspect of how to take a picture traditionally - And it's something I feel strongly about - that's all ;)
  10. Chorlton

    Chorlton CEO of Stupid

    ahhh... we're coming at this from very different angles then - i'm firing shots off on a budget D-SLR while i'm at a wedding or at on a mountain walk - not paying my mortgage with them - so yes i take your point it is very important for you. And not so for me.
  11. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    BTW, what's the potential of ordering root crops online got to do with f stops? :p ;)
  12. atomik

    atomik Banned Banned

    Hmmm. Sounds like inverse snobbery to me.

    While it's perfectly possible to take a blinding picture with zero knowledge of photography (and gawd knows, I've taken enough of those in my time!), understanding the technical functions of your camera can only enhance your ability to produce such shots on demand. Looking back over my old photos, I curse some of the opportunities I missed because I lacked a proper understanding of photography.

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