Five Photography Myths

Words by Scott Bourne - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

Photography is a beautiful art form that allows us to capture and preserve moments, emotions, and memories. However, there are many myths and misconceptions about photography that can be misleading. In this blog post, we will debunk five (and a bonus) common photography myths and provide you with insight that we hope will help you improve your photographic skills and creativity.

Myth 1: Expensive gear equals great photos
One of the most common myths in photography is that you need expensive equipment to take great photos. While high-end cameras and lenses can help, they are not the only factors that contribute to excellent images. A skilled photographer can capture stunning photos with a basic camera, while a beginner with the most expensive gear may still struggle to take compelling photos.

Myth 2: The more megapixels, the better
Megapixels are often used to measure the quality of a camera, but they are not the only factor that determines image quality. Megapixels only determine the resolution of the image, not the overall quality. Other factors such as the size of the sensor, lens quality, and image processing software are just as important.

Myth 3: A sharp photo is always better than a blurry one
While sharpness is essential for many types of photography, blur can also be used creatively to add mood and movement to an image. Blurred images can convey a sense of speed, motion, or softness, and can create a beautiful effect.

Myth 4: The more light, the better
While light is crucial for photography, too much light can also create harsh shadows, blown-out highlights, and flat images. Understanding how to control light through techniques such as exposure, aperture, and shutter speed can help you create balanced and creative images.

Myth 5: Landscape photography requires wide-angle lenses
While wide-angle lenses are popular for landscape photography, they are not always the best option. Other lenses, such as telephoto and standard lenses, can provide unique and creative perspectives, such as isolating details or compressing the scene.

Bonus Myth: Photoshop can fix anything
Photoshop is a powerful tool for editing photos, but it cannot fix everything. Poor composition, bad lighting, and other fundamental issues cannot be fixed in post-processing. Learning to get it right in camera can save you time and produce better results.

Myths are for lazy photographers. The fact that you are here reading this blog proves to us you aren't lazy. So apply some critical thinking, look at all sides of each of these issues and make informed choices based on facts - not myths. And don't let the people in the Internet camera forums send you down the wrong road.

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