I entitle this Photography Annoyances because I sense this will be the first of many such “rants.” It’s not really a rant but an observation. Actually two.
Read any blog about photography and this word will eventually come out. As in “to give this photo more “pop” you need to do such and such. Well, I haven’t been able to define this pop quite yet nor do I think it’s very definable. Like trying to define Umph. Difficult but you know it when you see it. Put a little more Umph into it. You need more pop in this picture. It doesn’t pop like it should. Granted it’s a very minor annoyance as far as annoyances go. And Pet Peeve. Nope
For those old enough to remember these things, if someone says to you to “engage the clutch” when driving, what do you do? Same with disengage. It’s the exact opposite of what you think it is. Most think engaging the clutch is stepping on the pedal. Wrong. It’s the opposite. So then, why not say, “step on the clutch”? It’s more useful and saves people like me from writing about it.
Same way with this dialing down the aperture. Just by reading that sentence I don’t know whether to make the hole bigger or smaller. I get that if I make the hoe larger it’s a smaller number, and making the hole smaller, it’s a larger number. But dialing down? I don’t know. Context doesn’t usually help because if someone’s examining a photo, then says to dial it down an F stop or two. Not a clue what to do. Not a clue.
So, there you have it. Not terrible in the grand scheme of things but nonetheless, worthy of a small post from someone who cares.