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June 09, 2017
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Doing A Camera 

Photography is full of terminology. Much of the jargon is spurious. In other words, photography is made more complicated than it needs to be. This presents somewhat of a paradox. Manufacturers are spending greater and greater amounts of advertising revenue on promoting camera automation which is no longer limited to only cheap, basic, entry-level models: ‘point & shoot’ capabilities are now built into all but very top-of-the-range dSLR cameras. The excessive use of terminology is a shame. On bokeh photographic Photography Training Courses I always point out the most important leaning point which is the fundamentals of taking a photograph are actually rather simple. Granted, a degree of decision-making is required (NB: the knowledge, skills and confidence to make decisions are gained via completing my Introduction to Photography course) but it is important to remember that a (correct) exposure requires the manipulation of only three core parameters: Shutter, Aperture and ISO, or four parameters if you include White Balance.

I encountered a completely different type of terminology when photographing these common poppies I spotted in a local field of oilseed rape last year. The children from the village primary school were undertaking a cycling proficiency lesson on the lane running past the field. One shouted out as he was pedalling past “are you doing a camera?” I replied “if you mean am I taking a photograph – yes – of the poppies”. Nudging his mate he said: “You see, I told you so he is doing a camera”. The second lad then commented: “never seen anyone doing a camera before – me mum just uses her phone”. Whilst I was completely prepared for the fact that the younger generation wouldn’t be familiar with analogue (i.e. film) photography I was rather taken aback that a ‘proper’ camera would be such a novel experience. Overall, something which not only makes me feel old but also very out of touch with kids lingo!

I’m hopeful that the poppies will put on an equally spectacular show this year. I ran past the field the other day. A couple of flowers were starting to show. Although it’s obvious to state that a field of poppies is a beautiful scene it’s also a great sight in an arguably more important way. The very presence of poppies signifies that the field hasn’t been sprayed with broad-spectrum pre/post-emergence herbicide such as Nimbus (Mazachlor & Clomazone - a replacement for Trifluralin), to manage 'weeds' such as black grass which I sometimes encounter when photographing various agricultural crops as a 'fork-to-fork' Food & Drink Photographer. One downside of spraying is that most chemical treatments kill off wildflowers which were once common in fields and meadows. Farmers generally classify any vegetation that isn’t a crop as a weed even if the rest of the population would regard most of them as attractive wildflowers. Unfortunately herbicides also negatively affect wildlife, especially birds, as there are fewer flowering plants (which help attract crop pollinators!), weed seeds and invertebrates in monoculture for farmland birds to feed on. A single non-sprayed field perhaps can't make a huge difference in biodiversity but in the hour or so I spent photographing the poppies last year I noted skylarks, yellowhammers, goldfinches and meadow pipits. May it continue this year!

   
     

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