Source: PixelatedImage Blog
The best digital negative was the one with the most information and the right half of the histogram is capable of storing exponentially more information in it than the left half. There isn’t much information at all in the dark. More information means better image quality and more flexibility in the digital darkroom before noise becomes an issue.
it’s important to remember that for most of us it’s more critical that the colour balance of the image be an ally in what we’re trying to communicate than to be perfectly accurate. It is, to put it another way, completely subjective. It’s a matter of interpretation. Want to know the top-secret way I deal with colour-balance? I set the camera to Auto White Balance. I shoot in RAW. I bring the image into Lightroom and push sliders around until it looks the way I want it to.
When we create an image, from the split-second difference between blinks to the 5 minute difference between sunset and dusk, is no small matter. It doesn’t help make the image better, it makes the image. Period.
Photography is an aesthetic art and when something – whether that’s gear or settings – affects the aesthetics of an image, it matters as much as the painter’s choice of brush does. Sensor size affects your potential depth of field. Why do some images look more film-like and “professional”? Better glass, yes, but I’d wager that the images had a better-than-good chance of being shot on a full-frame sensor.
The exotic is easy. The common is hard.
If you really want to hone yourself as a photographer, then point your lens at the people, places and things around you everyday. When you can routinely craft an image that captures a new way of seeing the common, then you are truly growing as a photographer.
The manual should be read several times
No matter how smart you are, no matter how much you use your gear, there will come a day when a mental hiccup blocks out that one technical step that gets you the shot you want. Today’s DSLRs and speedlights have so many features that it’s no longer manly (or smart) to ignore the manual.