First off I am not a grumpy old git (I am old, I can be grumpy and I can be a git, but seldom all three at the same time)
I have been making a reasonable living with a camera for over 30 years but am still happy to be an early adopter of new technology, and since starting to move over to digital when Canon launched the D60 (that is D60 not 60D) I have stayed relatively consistent with their developments (see gear list).
I have been reasonably active on POTN for many years, and it has been great to see how much it has grown, in my early days here there were many people simply trying to work things out as many were in the same place as me in that they were transferring years of knowledge from the film world into the digital age.
Over the last few days I have had a bit more time to venture into parts of the forum that I have not been into for a very long time and I am really surprised by some of the things I have seen.
- There are people giving advice that is simply wrong.
- There are people offering opinions and then defending them as if they were set in stone and handed down to Moses on the mountain.
- And despite some of the best moderators on the WWW there is often an undercurrent of rudeness and intolerance that is unpleasant but may just be a sign of the times.
The world has definitely changed, the pace of change has accelerated unbelievably, I used the same pair of manual Pentax cameras for over 15 years and my Bronca kit was over 25 years old when it went into the draw for the last time. I honestly think that in this age of instant gratification and low cost, people are missing out on the opportunity to actually learn.
When I started out professional photographic gear was in the second mortgage range and every time I activated the shutter it cost me money. I had to learn everything I needed to know or go bankrupt. I would go to a wedding with 6 roles of 15 exposure 120 film and without the benefit of the LCD screen have to leave knowing that I had got what was needed, and there simply was not the opportunity save in PP.
I am not saying that that was better; it is just the way it was. Today the learning curve is less steep and the consequences of error less damaging and therefore I think people do not fully understand the principles and science that help them deliver the results they are getting. Which to me is sad.
I was joking with another old git a few nights ago and we thought that Canon, Nikon and all the other manufactures should put a CC reader in their cameras and charge 50p (or 50 cents) for every shutter click for the first year of usage, it may push people to a more academic approach to their photography.
This is not a rant, it is simply a post from an old git with too much time on his hands.