Just doing

I spend less and less time reading and going to photography forums. These places are filled with photographers or aspiring photographers, and a lot of cranky people.

So much time and effort is spent in the weeds. People argue about stuff that doesn’t matter, and people are quick to say NO DON’T DO IT, IT WILL NEVER WORK! Im a big believer in just doing something. I mean if it isn’t a matter of life or death and massive amounts of time and money aren’t involved there really is no problem.

If someone wants to do sunny 16, sunny22 or sunny 11, just do it.

If someone wants to see if over or under exposing their negative is easier to scan or print, just do it.

If someone wants to use pine needles as a film developer, just do it.

Online forums these days seem to be filled with people who are comfortable with whatever THEY do, and uncomfortable with whatever you might be interested in. If the person who (wanting to do the 6 things listed above) asks questions in a forum they are likely to hear how they are wasting their time and money and just keep doing what they were doing before, and the people who answer these questions typically have no experience and are just there to make remarks and give the website “interesting content” not help people.

When I was on these forums my advice was always from experience and I was always the person who suggested to just do it and see what happens.

My advice is still, just do it. Who knows maybe you will see what happens, or doesn’t happen, and if you do get advice from someone on a forum, click their online gallery and see if they are even real. One would hope people who post advice would have some sort of visual presence that might give a clue about their experience .. and then act accordingly.

Author: jnanian

I am a Freelance Photographer in Rhode Island. I make photographs using a variety of methods with and without a camera. I make photo emulsions from scratch, I coat my own photo paper and make cyanotypes too. I am a huge fan of Caffenol, and instead of instant coffee, I roast my own beans and sell them. I also sell silver recovery products.