Awesome, now there's another article I can link when showing how dumb he can sometimes mostly
Photographers don't carry their gear in backpacks because they can't shoot out of them.
Backpacks are for carrying stuff that you don't need until you reach your campsite, like cooking gear and tent pegs.
Backpacks are not for carrying anything you need as you're walking around, like cameras or lenses.
Bag makers sell a lot of expensive packs to a lot of people new to the hobby. Don't fall into this trap.
I guess National Geographic photographers are mediocre, thanks for pointing that out Ken.
Carrying too much stuff
Pros know exactly what they need and only bring it.
It's OK to buy and own everything ever made, just never try to bring more than a camera and lens or two anyplace at once.
People with less experience, just like inexperienced or infrequent travelers, bring everything out of fear that they "might need it."
"Might" isn't a strong enough need to justify carrying something with you. Carry only what you actually do use.
Never carry more than two or three lenses (preferable bring just one), and never carry any lens with any focal lengths duplicated by any other lens you're carrying.
See Carry Less for more.
Correct you are!
Photographers never EVER have a body fail on them or a lens get damaged on the go. And we all know that two to three lenses can cover every situation, right!?
Polarizer over UV filter, or polarizer used all the time
Doing either of these is silly.
It's inelegant to put a polarizer over a UV filter. You might get vignetting with a wide lens, and you're inviting extra ghosts and flare from the unneeded UV filter that should have been removed before you placed any other filter over the lens. The UV is just a mechanical prophylactic, it doesn't do anything optically today.
Only use a polarizer if you need it, which is rarely. If you don't need it, it costs you about two stops of light, meaning you'll have to shoot at larger apertures, slower shutter speeds or higher ISOs to get the same result as you would if you took off your polarizer and replaced it with your UV filter.
I'm the laziest guy around, and I only put on a polarizer when I need it, and then it comes right off and I put the UV filter back on.
This is why I'm so adamant about picking your lenses to have the same filter size as each other: you only need to carry one set of filters.
I've never seen a person use a polarizer all the time. But people who are new do put CPL's on UV's... you might have won this time Ken...
I don't know of any fulltime pro who uses, or even owns, a midrange zoom.
Pros use a wide zoom, a tele zoom, and maybe a small, fast fixed-focal-length normal lens for low light.
In the pro's bag, the fixed normal lens, if carried at all, replaces the midrange zoom because it's much faster for low light.
Pros know that you don't need any lenses between where the wide zoom leaves off and the tele zoom picks up, so why carry a big midrage zoom? If you get stuck, pull out your normal, or just take a few steps forward or back.
Newcomers to the hobby freak out, and think they'll die if they don't have every millimeter covered, while guys like me will shoot for weeks on end with just a few fixed lenses of wildly different focal length.
When I shoot in any format, I usually only bring three fixed lenses equivalent to 20mm, 40mm and 85mm.
OH MY GOSH KEN, YOU'RE ON AN EPIC WIN ROLL TODAY.
We all know those midrange zooms are garbage. There's a huge reason why Canons 24-70 f/2.8L, Nikons 24-70mm f/2.8 and Sonys 24-70mm f/2.8 are so unpopular. You'll never run into a situation where you need a very high quality zoom which can cover the needed focal lengths when walking around. Yes, we all like to carry around multiple lenses and change them at the speed of light when needed.
Pros use their gear so much that it gets thrashed.
Here's what my friend Karl Grobl's gear looks like. He earns his living with this gear every day, and by now it looks even worse than when he took those photos.
The surest way to spot a hobbyist is that all his gear and tripods look brand new, and they probably are.
You hear that, stop taking care of your expensive equipment! Go cake your camera in mud and bang it against a rail, that's the only way to be a pro. No way will your photos prove otherwise.
Everyone reads the Internet and thinks they need the newest DSLR.
Every amateur buys a brand-new DSLR, and that's fine.
Pros use beat-up old gear, and love to shoot film on their off hours for personal work.
There are plenty of pros earning their livings today with Canon 10Ds and Nikon D70s. A pro is a pro because he's in this to make a profit, not to buy more gear.
Yep, like you proved before, those National Geographic photographers are amateurs. I can't imagine why one would need a 1Ds Mark III with a 24-70mm, ultimate house-wife setup.
Lens caps and cap keepers
Pros work too fast for lens caps.
They use protective filters, and then usually just throw their filtered lenses in their bag.
It takes too long to fiddle with lens caps, which lead to lost photos.
The most foolish thing is cap keepers. This give you all the disadvantages of caps, and also leaves it dangling below your lens to annoy the heck out of you.
Yay, UV filters are the new lens caps.
Using a tripod in daylight
For photography's first hundred years or so (1850 - 1950), ISO 32 film was a reasonably fast normal film. Color film was slower, usually ISO 10.
Even in broad daylight, you were making long exposures at large apertures.
You needed to use a tripod to allow slower speeds for smaller apertures for depth-of-field, otherwise nothing was in focus.
A typical color exposure in broad daylight was f/4 at 1/125. If you wanted more depth-of-field, wanted to use a telephoto lens or if it got cloudy, you needed a tripod.
When decent film reached ISO 100, which was a speed almost unheard of up through the 1950s, the tripod went away for daylight use, and with digital, they aren't needed, even at night.
See Digital Killed My Tripod.
Someone shooting with a DSLR on a tripod in daylight probably has a few screws loose. VR further eliminates the need for tripods. If I shoot a 15-pound 400mm lens, I use a monopod; not to steady it, but just to hold the weight.
You here that GoneTomorrow, you're crazy for purchasing a ND filter and using a tripod for long exposures on water falls. You should have been able to do it without a tripod!
Hood on backwards
If you use a hood, leave it on the lens in the shooting position.
If you can't carry it (or leave it in your bag) that way, leave it home.
Do not store the hood in the reversed position. It takes too long to right it when you need to shoot.
I don't know how many times I see people out shooting with hoods attached in reverse! All this does is get in the way of you controlling the lens, and does nothing to reduce flare.
If you can't store the lens with the hood in the shooting position, ditch the hood.
I use caps that fit over the front of any hoods that I use. No one promotes this, but often a larger cap size will fit in the front of a hood. This is a lot better than having to unscrew a hood each time, and the round cap inside the front of the hood helps keep the hood from getting bangs in a bag.
You heard the man. Now go find some bags that can fit all your lenses with the hoods on in the regular position. And they can't be backpacks either, he said they suck.
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