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What Are Your Weaknesses?

Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:13 pm

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!!
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:39 pm


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

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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:00 pm

Photos with (a bit of) grain in it. I'm almost never able to turn it into a succes.
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:58 am

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.
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:13 pm

Big white lenses...expensive weakness as well..
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:02 pm

Editing, editing, editing.....

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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:34 pm

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.

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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:11 pm

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!  
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:45 am

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.
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:07 am

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


Same here...
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:10 pm

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.
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:43 am

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.
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:06 am

Shaky hands. Must shoot ISO400 for no other reason than that.
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RE: What Are Your Weaknesses?

Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:12 am

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

Really must sort that out.


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