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Magnum photographer using Professional mode on his camera...

Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
13 August 2015 05:28
RedChecker
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It seems Martin Parr does according to this

So if a Magnum photographer can get away with it, it pretty much proves the snobbery is unfounded cheeky
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w4pictures is off-line
13 August 2015 05:36
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It makes sense for a documentary photographer not to be burdened with the technicalities. The old joke about choosing the f-stop on the film box had more than a grain of common usage. Cloudy bright, f11 or full sun, f16 gave a pretty accurate exposure for many.


Alan Johnson is off-line
14 August 2015 03:36
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That comes as no surprise,  Program mode is exceptionally useful.  It's one of the best tools in my bag
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Ellesse Photography is off-lineSilver Member
14 August 2015 05:27
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Quote from RedChecker
It seems Martin Parr does according to this



...but his horizon is way off in that first pic, unforgivable..........


HowardJ is off-line
14 August 2015 05:29
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You should be able to use full auto mode for photographing ice creams.


Profile Pictures is off-line
14 August 2015 06:00
profilepictures
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Suffolk
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I was all set to defend the concept based on the premise that a picture can be compelling without being technically special, so whatever gets the picture is fine. I then had a look at this blokes work, and his photoshop technique.

It falls firmly into the 'something and profilepictures is a naughty person all' school to my way of thinking. For all the money and opportunity presented to him, I didn't see a single picture I'd be proud of on his website. Good luck to him, he's an impressive blagger from what I can tell so far.


Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
14 August 2015 06:08
RedChecker
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Stoke Mandeville

I remember reading that Magnum almost ripped itself in half when Parr was made a member as his work & style divided opinion so thoroughly among its other members (can't say I agree with it when you see some of the other names both past and present who've been part of it).

It does tickle me though that whenever you get newbies asking for advice, you always get the snobs who insist that auto/semi-auto modes should never be used as you'll never learn anything (I disagree as composition and at least semi-auto modes remove one of the variables to worry about).
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Profile Pictures is off-line
14 August 2015 06:43
profilepictures
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Suffolk
Bury St Edmunds

Don't get me started on jokers who waffle in about only ever shooting manual ( or analogue for that matter) suggesting either mastery of their art or some Zen like path to enlightenment ) but their pictures are laughable.

If the hair shirt brigade are that bloody purist, go the whole hog and take a bit of paper and a pencil to record the scene.

I'll freely admit I use AV with exposure comp 80% of the time, probably 5% TV and the rest manual. I don't use programme modes but I know several,good photographers who do and make,great pictures.


raw and the cooked is off-line
14 August 2015 07:36
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No surprise to me! Though usually my preferred semi auto mode is aperture priority! I've had guys come up to me at weddings almost incensed to find I'm in an auto mode! If the light is changing rapidly, and your shooting on the fly, program will get you there eight times out of ten! The other two times, compensate! Manual is for consistent light conditions and studio work. Nothing magic about it.....


MR T is off-line
14 August 2015 09:44
pixels2pictures
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It would seem the only people interested in how an image was captured are, amateur photographers, camera club members and purists who insist it all has to be perfect in camera.

Let's face facts no client is in the slightest concerned how the image was captured, if it meets the brief and is what was required then they are happy.

If Mr Parr was to read this thread, I doubt that will happen, he would no doubt fall off his chair laughing and continue to laugh all the way to the bank to pay in his photography fees.

I just wonder how many photographers on here actually make that journey to the bank.
Light is at the heart of every image, however it is how we choose to use it that makes the difference.



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