Clean Gene wrote in post #16712762
And I also think it's a little bit amusing that this topic quickly turned into a discussion about white balances and exposures and histograms. Lots of comments on that stuff, but very few questions such as "what do you shoot" or "what do you want your art to say?" And I wouldn't expect anything else from a CANON photography forum.
And look...nothing against these forums, I like them. But let's make no mistake that this place is largely tech oriented. ...
I don't talk about it much here, because it is indeed a place mainly concerned with the technical aspects of photography, but most of the time I put into improving my photography is actually spent at galleries looking at the visual arts in general (including, of course, photography, now that it has "arrived" in the view of curators). I think there are probably many similar posters here: just because we tell you something technical about photography doesn't mean we actually think it's the most important thing. It just happens to be the kind of thing easy to talk about in an online forum. It certainly shouldn't be occupying most of your attention when making a photograph.
The sub-thread arguing the niceties of ETTR is amusing and an object lesson for the OP: I repeat, it's almost never worth the effort with modern equipment. See here, for a master printer (and PhD physicist) who agrees with me. I give this link not to prolong/reactivate the discussion, but to point out that it's OK not to care about such things. The sky will not fall in, and evidently you can make a living selling prints and writing about photography.
By and large, forums make the technical aspects of photography seem harder than they really are, because people like to argue about things and long ago they ran out of things that really mattered.
OhLook wrote in post #16713329
I'm bewildered by the advice frequently given at POTN to beginners who want help with both aspects of photography. People say "Start by getting the technical proficiency because this is easier to learn.
I agree with you, and have in the past advised beginners to (i) shoot JPEG, and (ii) use Av at <insert suitable f-stop>, and (iii) use that white balance button.
I would also not be surprised if some of the museum works I've seen have been by photographers who are technically clueless in some aspect of the craft. It's perfectly possible, for example, to use cookbook exposure settings someone gave you, and be a master studio portrait photographer.