10 things to hate about photography
That headline is pretty self-explanatory, isn't it?
In no particular order, here are 10 things that drive me up the wall when it comes to painting with light.
1. The Canon vs. Nikon debate
Why not tackle the elephant in the room first? Ladies and gentlemen, there is no "right" camera brand, nor is one superior to the other. Nikon girls and Canon boys can live happily ever after. It's about what you do with the equipment that matters, not what insignia graces the front of your camera.
Each system has its limitations, so it's about learning to work around problems you have. Finally, if you get really fed up, go ahead and change. No one is going to call you out once they see that your photos are exactly the same, or better, than before.
2. There's so much proprietary technology
Photographers themselves are great people. When it comes to camera systems, however, things just don't play nice with one another. Where's our universal RAW format? Why should I have to buy a specific external viewfinder that only works in one camera's hotshoe and not in another's?
3. A camera isn't the same as your eye
As much as imaging technology tries to replicate the intricacies of the human eye, it's still not possible for a lens or camera to see in the same way as we do. For many applications, this is a good thing; after all, seeing the world through a fish-eye every day would get pretty tiresome. But even with incredible improvements in areas such as high ISO performance, it's still not the same rich, vivid image we see when viewing with our own eyes.
4. It can be ridiculously expensive
This is probably true about most hobbies, but photography can be a bottomless pit of expenses. Invest in any number of filters, lenses, memory cards or tripods, and expect a stern talking-to from your bank manager. There's always another piece of equipment that would round out your kit perfectly.
Willpower is an amazing tool — thank goodness it doesn't cost a thing.
5. Photoshop can't fix everything
Photo-editing software is making great leaps and bounds, like the amazing applications for content-aware fill in CS6. Still, there are plenty of things that Photoshop can't do, like refocus a dodgy shot. Lytro, please mature more quickly.
6. The perils of storage
Staying organised with a vast collection of photographs can be difficult. For example, I have boxes of negatives gathering dust in one corner, and then there's my Flickr account, Snapjoy storage and several hard drives filled with images. Not to mention all of those photos on Google and Facebook.
For many applications, having photos in different places works well; I like to keep more personal photos on one site, accessible to only a select few. Most of the time, I just want to know that my photos are all safe and sound in one place — without having to remember an infinite number of log-ins.
7. Not being quick enough to capture that photo
There have been so many situations where I see an absolutely beautiful shot on the street, or a glint in my subject's eye that I would love to capture for posterity, but I'm just too late to capture it.
This one falls sorely into the realm of user error if it's to do with adjusting an exposure or changing focus. Most of the time, it's actually to do with not being brave enough to capture that photo. I can't wait for the Google Glass project to finally see the light of day, because it might actually mean that all of these photos can be taken.
8. Connectivity shouldn't be an optional extra
This one is specifically to do with digital cameras. It's taken so long for manufacturers to think about integrating some sort of wireless solution into their products that they have been well and truly beaten by the smartphone. As consumers, we expect our products to work seamlessly, and we shouldn't have to go through an elaborate process of taking out memory cards, and then manually transferring images over to a sharing service. Make it easy and transparent to win our hearts, and our dollars.
9. Digital is better than film, or vice versa
Rather than the Canon versus Nikon debate, which is all about brand loyalty, the film and digital debate is about fidelity. Some photographers spend more time arguing about the merits of film's dynamic range rather than actually taking photos. Then there are those digital photographers who turn their nose up at film shooters for being stuck in the dark ages. Needless to say, they're probably also the ones who go and run the "Add Noise" filter in Photoshop for that vintage look.
10. Sometimes, I forget to take the lens cap off
Admit it. You've done it as well.
Let me know what things irk you about photography in the comments below.