kin2son wrote in post #15780721
Not all types of photography is about creativity...
Bifs, airshows, sports photography etc are all about 'getting the shot'.
In those situation, gear is just as important as skills, creativity means very little if any.
Try giving a pro a XTi + 18-55 kit lens vs a noob with 1DX + 70-200II to shoot an indoor basketball match. I bet the noob with half a brain will most likely produce better results than the pro...
I had to re-read this, because the first time I read it I had trouble believing that someone really wrote it.
Birds in flight. Airshows. Sports. Yes, it is about "getting the shot". But that shot that you get - how compelling is it? How beautiful is it? That is the important thing. Just "getting the shot" means little (or nothing) if that shot is not appealing.
Let's take a few moments to think thru the creativity needed to take great images of birds in flight. Just getting a picture of a bird in flight is no great accomplishment, if the resultant image is not compelling and/or beautiful.
It takes artistic vision to determine what background you want to have behind the bird. It takes creativity to know whether or not some motion blur will be aesthetically appealing, and, if so, just how much motion blur.
It takes creativity to know when to shoot wide and when to shoot tight . . . and exactly how wide or how tight to shoot. Sometimes you want to include several of the birds. Sometimes you want to include only a single bird. Perhaps you want to include only two birds - a pair, male and female.
Sometimes you want to include a certain amount of "habitat" around the bird. If you're shooting wide to include some more of the surroundings, you usually want more room in front of the bird - but not always. The photographer's creative vision determines when to comply with such rules and when to break them.
Light? Well, there are times when a creative photographer will want to have the flying bird backlit or side-lit. This could be based on particularities of the species of bird being photographed - it is up to the photographer to know both the ambient light and the various birds well enough to instantly recognize if a particular species would benefit from soft side-lighting, or classic front-lighting . . . or when to use straight-away backlight to create a true silhouette image.
Often times, the photographer can determine which direction he/she photographs the flying bird from. Birds must take off and land into the wind. Many birds have routes that they fly over and over again - such as from one favorite perch to another. Other times a photographer will be shooting birds on the flush - the direction from which the birds are approached will often have an affect on which direction they fly when they take off. A photographer who knows exactly how he wants the light to fall upon the bird will use this knowledge to set up in a place that will put the birds at the right angle.
A good photographer will not just go out looking for a bird in flight, then aim the camera at the bird and snap the photo. So much more goes into it than that, if the photographer is a true creative who envisions his/her images beforehand and then attempts to create what is in his/her mind's eye. This is the very essence of creativity.
Oh, yeah - the basketball game you mentioned. Do you really think the novice with better gear will get better images than the pro with inferior gear? How will the novice know where to shoot from? How will he know when to get down as low as possible, placing the camera on the floor itself and shooting up at the action? And how will he know when he should be shooting from a kneeling position? From a standing position?
How will he know how to time his shot so as to achieve some separation between the main subject and the players in the background? If he is paying attention to the background players, will he have the skills to keep the active AF point on the main subject, and not allow it to wander off-target?
How will he know when the most aesthetically appealing image will be taken from a head-on view, with the ballhandler driving straight at the camera . . . and when it would be better to shoot the same action from a side view?
How will he know, when photographing a player in a light colored jersey, to align him with the darker background elements? And, conversely, to shoot a player with a darker colored uniform (or with darker skin) against the lighter background elements?
I could go on and on and on with these types of specifics. There is a great need for photographic experience and artistic vision when it comes to creating excellent images of sports action. And with airshows. And with birds in flight. Gear is so much less significant than that.
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