One of my the most popular comments on my YouTube channel is "Hey! Nice job, keep it up". Those type of comments often inspire me and to be quite honest, at times, they're what keeps me going. The other popular comment is quite the opposite. I don't have a quote for it, but people often tell me I suck... They then follow it up by saying the way I shoot is improper and that if I did XYZ I would be better.
Now those comments I tend to ignore, but recently I decided to reply to one. My response in a nutshell was, I shoot the way I shoot, when I go out and shoot you have no idea what I'm looking for, your style of photography may be humor, mine may be emotion... You simply can't tell someone else what they should and should not be doing, if what they are doing is what they want to do... Does that make sense?
Here's an example. Let's say you're a street photographer and you shoot in auto and during your street walk you meet another street photographer and he says "Yo, I only shoot manual, if you want more control of your photos then you need to shoot manual otherwise it's not right... Bresson shot manual". Now this would be great advice if I was unsure what manual was or I lacked the skill set to use it... But if I'm intentionally shooting auto then you can't tell me I'm wrong...
Okay, rant over! Remember it's okay to be different or have your own style when shooting street. I shoot on aperture priority and burst mode. That doesn't make me less of a photographer, nor does you doing the opposite make you better.
Again guys, I'm trying to do short blog post to give you guys more time to shoot. If you like this style let me know or if you prefer the old format then drop a comment and tell me. Hopefully, this blog inspired you and just reaffirmed the notion that it's okay to be different. Thanks for viewing the blog, until tomorrow.