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Land of the Living

May 27, 2008

Decided it was in my best interest to stay home again today. I have so many errands piling up, and nothing I can do about them yet. I was parousing some blogs this morning in the hopes that I would come up with some energy but I didn’t. However, for any photographers out there I found a funny post I wanted to share with you.

This was originally posted to the DPReview Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum by user LisaLisaB. She calls it the “12 Steps of Measurebator’s Anonymous” (“measurebators” refers to people who are obsessed with pixel-peeping: analyzing the maximum resolution of digital photographs). I found it on A Night Photography Blog by Andy Fraser.

1. We admitted that we were powerless over pixel-peeping and that our photography had become unmanageable.

2. We came to believe that a power greater than MTF charts and 300% crops could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our attentions towards actually taking photographs.

4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of our all our lenses, and decided to use the ones WE like no matter what the pundits say.

5. Admitted to ourselves that spending more money on gear will NOT make us better photographers.

6. We were entirely ready to quit letting the lens snobs make our decisions for us.

7. Humbly take an honest look at the shortcomings in our photography and realize that our gear is not the problem–we are.

8. Made a list of all people we had harmed in photography forums by dispensing mostly useless advice about buying the latest and greatest.

9. Made direct amends to such people, except when to do so would injure their photography.

10. Continued to take personal inventory on the opinions we dispense to others, and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through actual image making and post-processing to improve our conscious contact with the art of photography, praying only for the ability to improve our skills regardless of the gear we use.

12. Our photography having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps we tried to carry this message to the pixel-peepers and measurebators who still suffer and to stamp out this disease wherever possible.

That Said: And if you’re looking for some cute photos today check out where she has posted some cutie patootie photos of my cousins new baby!!

Please note: I’ve got a birthday party and cake making in my near future. So when I make my comeback be prepared for lots of sugar loaded photos! I can’t wait to enter the land of the living again.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2008 5:3 3

    I agree with the post! That said, there’s nothing wrong with a professional adding pricey pieces of gear when it’s necessary, but I agree that wayyyy too many people get wayyy too caught up in the ‘latest and greatest’. I had a guy at the wedding last weekend, in front of A LOT of people, say “How much was that lens? $700? Looks expensive”. Oy.

  2. May 27, 2008 5:3 3

    Now, now Lori, that guy was just trying to talk sweet to the hot photographer!!

  3. May 28, 2008 5:3 3

    Well, I DID get my hair done the day before 🙂

  4. May 28, 2008 5:3 3

    Great post Charla… All my pricey pieces of gear are necessary… Right? If not don’t let my husband know…hehe

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