It’s a golden age to be starting off as a photographer these days. A multitude of learning resources are readily available, and there are a lot of photography gurus in different forums and social media discussion groups. If you’re a beginner photographer and have a question that pops up in your head, you can simply ask your heart out in those forums. But wait, is that the right thing to do? Photographer and instructor Michael Andrew feels that it’s not always right to:
“Information is so readily available today, sometimes it is easier to be lazy.”
It’s easy to ask questions online. So easy that many beginners tend to ask the same question almost every other day. This shows how lazy we have become. A good idea is thus to spend some time doing your own research on the topic before asking it publicly. Chances are that your query might have already been answered.
Then there’s the instance of how beginners want you to make the tough decision of choosing the right gear for them. It’s okay to recommend gear based on your expertise, but it really sucks when they come back some time later and blame you if they don’t like it. So, avoid making such decisions for them.
And how can we forget those questions about comparing gear, or asking you to teach them a certain look that you’re known for. Responding to such questions make no sense at all.
If you’re a beginner and have been going around asking such questions, understand that you need to stop. Put in some effort to do your research. And if you’re a pro in the field, start responding selectively. By answering every question that’s thrown at you, you might be doing more bad than good.
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