I suppose we should do what makes us happy. For me, photography is not just the phrase ‘’go out and shoot’’. It’s the whole package. I like to shoot and I also like the technical stuff about cameras and lenses like how sharp are my lenses, what’s about focus breathing, limits of the focusing system, how different sensors perform, how much shadows can I pull before banding, how different light affects focusing….etc. Sometimes I put my camera on tripod and test lenses for front and back focus. That’s my hobby and I like doing all that.
Sometimes I just do a few difficult photos to see, which software would render them better. Yes; I have a few RAW converters and I like to play to see, which converter is better for specific task.
Sometimes I intentionally clip blacks and highlights on some of my photos. Sometimes I overdo my photos with contrast slider. I find Jared Polin videos amusing how much contrast he puts in his photos. It’s his style and somehow I like it.
I also like to talk about technicalities regarding cameras and lenses with my friends. Some of them shoot Canon, some Nikon and Sony and one of them shoots Samsung. We sometimes compare which camera performs better in given situation.
Roger Cicala from Lensrentals enjoys testing and measuring lenses and I enjoy reading his articles. Optics is his life. Would you say someone like him ‘’just go out and shoot’’?.
Tony Northrup said in one of his videos that he enjoys comparing cameras. He analyses photos at 100% to see, which camera gives better details and less noise and I like to watch those kind of videos. Nothing wrong with that in my book.
The same goes for pixel peeping. I press OK button on camera (100%) to see, if the image is sharp. I also sharpen images on screen at 100%.
A agree with this statement: Sometimes responses entered and read on the screen give an inaccurate impression.
The same goes for my writing. English is not my native language so I suppose I sometimes put words in wrong order and my writings sounds offensive. Not my intention at all.
I also agree with this statement: Sometimes it is a compulsion that leads a photographer down a dead-end. As photographers we have to use our judgement to figure out when this is important, and when it isn’t.
But if someone finds a joy in constantly analyzing and pixel peeping his images then why not.
One of my friends recently replaced his D810 with D850 and he only buys the most expensive prime Nikon lenses like the new 105mm f1.4 E ED, 28mm f1.4 E ED, 58mm f1.4….etc.
He believes that you can’t make a good photo with cheap lenses. Hmm; would like to hear what he thinks about my photos....I only have cheap lenses (35 f1.8, 50 f1.8, 85 f1.8, Sigma 17-50 f2.8,….). He also only shoots on f1.4 no matter if he is shooting portraits or landscapes.
I can’t say I agree with him but it doesn’t bothers me. Whatever floats his boat.
So back to pixel peeping. It doesn’t bother me if most of you don’t pixel peep unless you are offensive to me because I do.
Hmm; does my writings makes sense? Sometimes I wonder what I’m trying to say.