Mathmans wrote in post #17843717
I'm glad someone opened this discussion.
Perhaps it will sound funny to someone but I have always looking for the best possible quality of my photos. I was always afraid, that if I show someone a snapshot, I will be listening to comments as: ''You have top of the line camera with expensive lens and all you can do is this? I can do better with my smartphone.''
When shooting events where my friends and people I know were involved I've spent hours by the computer messing and manipulating RAW files to get the best out of them just to show everyone, how nice photos I can make. I think I've lost the main goal, why I've got myself a DSLR – mainly to shoot memory photos and to enjoy doing that.
Lately I'm forcing myself to shoot jpeg snapshots and just do the basic things in Photoshop (resizing, some sharpening, etc) just to teach myself that not every photo is suppose to be perfect.
That makes much sense to me!
I actually bought the ELPH 330 a couple years ago to help make myself a better photographer. I had the 5DMIII, but I'd seen videos on YouTube from DigitalRev TV from their "Pro Photographer Cheap Camera" series. They give a real pro a stupidly poor camera (Lego Camera, Buzz Lightyear Camera, Barbie Doll video camera, for example) and tell them to shoot with that. The "star", Kai Wang, is annoyingly vulgar so I won't put a link. Regardless, they've had some really good photographers shooting with bad cameras and they can produce really good results. Anyway, the idea behind the ELPH was that I while I can take a decent photo with the DSLR, if I can take a decent one with the pocket point-n-shoot I'm probably doing okay.
Most of us are amateurs here. I'm an amateur. I shoot for me. Sometimes I take studio photos and pro quality photos. Sometimes they're snapshots. Here are two snapshots from marching band.
The first photo was a Friday night after dinner, but before the kids got into uniforms to go up to the football field. They were a bunch of friends. "Hey, can I get your photo?" I get one second for this, that's it. It's b&w, not because it looks artsy (which it does) but because the exposure was all wrong. B&w fixes lots of problems. Lol!
The second was the pit musicians (marimbas, keyboard, et al) in a huddle before a competition. I saw them and left them alone, but I waited until they were through. When they broke up, I said, "Wait, Alice, don't go yet. Can I get one of all of you together like that from down below?"
She said, "You mean laying on the ground?"
Then it got incredible because they did the peace sign thing all on their own. This was their inner sanctum. I had maybe 10 seconds to get the shot. It was imperfect. I should have had a wider lens. The exposure was wrong and had to be corrected in Lightroom. They put this as a double truck image (spanning two pages) in their yearbook.
In both cases these are snapshots. They're photos that couldn't be staged, and they are imperfect. They're also favorites.
Snapshots? Yeah. No worries!