Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2509 times:
A good photographer visualizes and plans his shot and then he goes out and gets it right the first time. What equipment he uses doesn't matter, but whatever equipment he has got, he knows how to use. Most important though is that his photos are appealing, and that's very subjective.
INNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 62 Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
The most important factor:
Even the best photographer is uninteresting if he's an *a..hole*. If his personality is right, you can look at his work. I would not want to have a spotter as colleague just because his work is good, he has to be a nice person.
I also like persons who like to try new things... At a large airport, you can always discover new spots and shoot at new angles... This is what photography is all about in my opinion.
Everybody can go to the same good old spot everyday and shoot the same angles... I'm getting bored rather quick when doing this.
So, exploring new angles and spots, this is a feature every top photographer should have
Tu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 667 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
I totally agree that whomever it is, first off they have to be a nice person AND be able to take a joke and laugh at themselves!!!!!!! Everything else will come!!!! 99% of all spotters I have met have been great people, and we all have a common intrest so it is easy to get along! Every once in a great while you will meet someone who gaurds everything like it is a big secret!!!! WHY?????? One of the biggest thrills is to help someone get more out of the hobby!!!! I always find it funny when one of my overseas friends "freaks out" on a DL MD-88 or UA Airbus, but yet it puts into perspective how broad our hobby is!!!!!!! Just because I see a certain type or livery 1000 times doesn't mean that everyone does!!!!!! I'm sure they laugh at me clicking away at BA Airbus or LH planes while I am over there!!!! Point is we have a great time and I have learned volumes just by listening and watching!
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 530 posts, RR: 18 Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2353 times:
I think there's a bit of a difference in what makes a pleasant spotting companion and a good photographer. Fact is, I've know some right miserable buggers who were great photographers - indeed, as is the case of many artists, perhaps it is the fact that they aren't good communicators in general that makes them so good at expressing them selves through their chosen medium.
Of course, I know some nice photographers as well
What makes a good photographer? Well I think the most important thing is the ability to see the image. Dump 2 people in a field, an empty street, wherever. The non-photographer will quickly become bored and frustrated. The photographer will start seeing pictures and create interesting images out of seemingly the most mundane material. Its a gift which some have, but I do think it can be at least partially aquired through practice and perserverance.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 530 posts, RR: 18 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2313 times:
Now it gets more interesting
I'd say photography is both - there are great photographers who (IMHO) are primarily brilliant craftsmen (I'd put Ansel Adams in that category). Others are artists with an ability to see the critical moment (Cartier-Bresson?) and create something significant from the mundane.
But its not an all or nothing thing - the craftsman must still be able to know what will make a good pic, and the artist must have the technical ability to realise his/her vision.