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What Are Your Weaknesses?  
User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1642 posts, RR: 15
Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5907 times:

I'm sure many of you have them, so if you don't mind sharing, what aren't you so good at when it comes to photography?
Personally, I'm pretty useless at catching those contrailers. I think I have one contrail shot in the DB and I can't see that number growing any time soon!! I also get caught out a lot with the wrong settings set, resulting in (more often than not) burnt out, useless files. I totally messed a great DC-10 movement in MIA with a Tv of 1/15s set. Could've died!!

EOS1D4, 7D, 30D, 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, 70-200/2.8 L IS2 USM, 17-40 f4 L USM, 24-105 f4 L IS USM, 85 f1.8 USM
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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3254 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5897 times:


My big weakness is expensive lenses. Recently, I haven't been able to stop spending money on them.  


Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
User currently onlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4509 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5889 times:

Photos with (a bit of) grain in it. I'm almost never able to turn it into a succes.

User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5855 times:

My inability to afford a DSLR mainly. But my main weakness with the very nice bridge camera I use today is limiting grain, and I'm not sure whether that's me or the camera. I'm experimenting with different editing methods, but I just need to keep shooting and get used to the camera. I had a similar learning curve with my last camera that took me a few months, but once I was good, I was good.

Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1093 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

Big white lenses...expensive weakness as well..

User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4938 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5745 times:

Editing, editing, editing.....


User currently offlinegphoto From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 840 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5708 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 5):
Editing, editing, editing.....


I'll second that. I mean my own work, not yours!

Above all though, my biggest failing is not having an 'artistic' approach to photography, it's not natural to me. But knowing that allows me to remind myself when out in the field to try to think a bit more about composition. It's getting easier over time.

Best regards,


Erm, is this thing on?
User currently offlineNPeterman From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

Panning, shooting props at slow enough shutter speeds to get prop blur. I'ts something I continue to try and work on, as no one like frozen props!  

User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1658 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5436 times:

I'd say my biggest weakness is agonizing over whether a particular photo is good enough quality to even consider working on and uploading. I'm pretty sure at this point that my particular 70-200 isn't the sharpest out there, but under the right conditions it can really shine. Also, I'm still getting a feel for exactly how much sharpening a particular photograph can take and when to just give up.

However (since I don't want to turn this into a downer post), I would say my best strength is predicting action, staying one step ahead of aircraft during airshows and other events, and envisioning the shot I want before it happens. It's just like sports photography - you gain a big advantage and your job is made way easier when you know the ins and outs of the subject and what is going to happen next.

B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
User currently offlineilpavone2004 From UK - England, joined Feb 2008, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5429 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 5):
Editing, editing, editing.....


Same here...

User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5398 times:

I regularly fail at keeping the horizon level. During editing, I sometimes need to apply rotation of 3° or more. This has led to problems with a couple of shots, where I did not leave enough dead space to be cropped away.

User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5262 times:

Everything. I think I've been rejected from the database for every reason except maybe having a watermark on the photo, at this point. But the grain/sharpness balance is killer.

User currently offlineEpten From Macedonia, joined Sep 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Shaky hands. Must shoot ISO400 for no other reason than that.

User currently offlinelinco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1389 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

Probably not taking an airliner photo in the past 18 months.....

Really must sort that out.


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