There was this period of time when my old camera (a Kodak budget compact) had died and I was deciding on which camera to get as a replacement. During that brief duration of time there are many people who tried to sell me different thoughts and opinions.
A large number of those poison-spreaders pointed my direction to DSLR
Myth 1: With a DSLR, no matter how you shoot the photo will come out nice.
Truth: It takes a lot more time, knowledge, effort and work to produce good pictures with a DSLR.
Myth 2: All good pictures must have good bokeh (blurred or defocused background) and DSLR can help you achieve that.
Truth: I do agree that DSLR helps to achieve better bokeh, but a great photograph does not necessarily need any bokeh at all. I personally prefer tack sharp images from frame to frame, depending on shooting conditions.
Myth 3: DSLR outperforms a compact camera in every photography aspect.
Truth: Now lets talk about macro performance. Many compact cameras nowadays offer built in macro close up capability as stunningly near to the subject as 1 cm. For DSLR, you will need a macro lens, and baby, it ain’t cheap.
Truth: Besides macro performance, how about the flash sync speed? Built in flashes on DSLR has common limitations to shutter speed of 1/250 seconds or slower, which cripples the possibility of achieving achieve high speed photography on DSLR with built in flash in comparison to compact cameras.
Myth 4: Image Stabilization (or known as Vibration Reduction on Nikon and SteadyShot on Sony) works wonders. It eliminates all blurring due to shake.
Truth: Image stabilization reduces blurring due to hand shaking, but it does not completely eliminate it. Furthermore it only works to a certain extent under permissible circumstances.
Myth 5: Skin will appear smoother and physiques will turn out slimmer and more attractive if you shoot people with a DSLR.
Truth: I do not have to explain what a bullshit this is, yet so many ugly looking girls will hopelessly expect their pictures to miraculously transform into sexy beach models being taken with a DSLR. If somehow you could not fulfil their ridiculous fantasies and they are not happy with your pictures, they would turn into lionesses and chew your balls alive. Fun facts: What you see in the mirror is what you get captured on the camera.
Myth 6: Do not worry if you could not get the shot that you desire, you can make anything happen with Photoshop (or any Photo-Editing software).
Truth: I believe Photo-Editing is necessary to further improve or enhance an already good and usable shot. It should not be applied excessively which would negate the original art of photography.
There are a lot more myths to be added to the list, but I guess I should make a stop here before it goes too long.
As I have mentioned on the earlier entries, I have been to the Mid Valley on past weekend and shot a couple sessions of Fashion Shows, themed Chinese New Year. Nothing particularly stunning about this session I am posting in this entry. LIke usual I always have complaints on the distracting and messy background setup, rendering the entire picture very cluttered and missing the focus on the models.
Also the lighting was quite badly setup, not being evenly distributed over the entire stage, as the models walk around there were parts of the place which was rather dark.
Limitations aside, I do like the outcome this time. I shot everything in simplicity, and I guess sometimes we do not have to worry that much but just enjoy the shooting process, as well as the fashion show itself.
More Fashion show pictures coming up in following entries.