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The Things You Don't Do...If You Consider Yourself A Real Photographer...

by Dave Kallaway

One of my favorite photogs is Scott Kelby..love his work and love his instruction and direction on how to become a better photographer. But he had a discussion online that needs to be looked at..a bit of a debate among photographers. Do you consider yourself a "real" photographer? I do...but I keep hearing about rules and things that photographers should never do. Scott Kelby told the story of a picture that accidently made it into one of his instructional books..heaven forbid..a "selective color" picture. Scott looked at it as a mistake..and is trying to make sure that the e-book version at least does not include the selective color picture. I'm including a picture of mine with "selective color" in this blog so you'll see what we're talking about here. I colored just the apple in the picture..the rest of it is black and white. The more I talk to photogs..the more I hear that selective color, pictures of cats, railroad tracks, over using HDR, pictures of sunsets are not to be done by "real photographers." My take on this is...forget the rules. You'll take selective color pictures..especially you wedding photogs..you take pics of cats..of railroad tracks...hell..do all of these subject matters in one picture and then make it an HDR pic...because somebody will tell you they love it. Post production tools are just that. They're tools. If a client likes your work..they buy your work. They don't care what you did to get a certain look. They just like your picture. Don't deny them that. The conversation will continue forever on what real photogs should or should not do...take pictures of whatever you want...