When you're a new photographer, there is an abundance of information to take in, some of it useful, much of it not. The question is, what is white noise? Here are six things that one photographer believes people new to craft ought to ignore.
Can you remember when you first started photography? Perhaps you have only just started photography. I remember a lot about my start, and as exciting as it was, I remember it felt as if the volumes of "crucial" information were tantamount to unknowable. In a way, that's correct, but the word in inverted commas is where it all hinges. A lot of information has importance attributed to it that isn't truly reflective and it can be difficult to decipher what you ought to listen to, and what you ought to ignore.
There is a lot I would counsel new photographers to ignore, and Omar Gonzalez does a good job of covering some of the major ones. The largest and most pernicious, for me at least, is anyone who tries to dictate your path in photography — ignore those people. You will be told there's no money in this, or anyone can do that, or that style isn't on trend anymore. Similarly, people will tell you medium format is pointless, or lenses have to be a certain widest aperture, or you should avoid a certain brand. By all means, listen to what people have to say, but do your own research and do what you enjoy. I liked macro photography (and still do) and I was told there is pretty much no money in such a niche even though I wasn't looking to make any. I found plenty of work using macro anyway, and those people no doubt went on to tell more, new photographers their own shortcomings and opinions at every opportunity.
What do you think new photographers should ignore?