Frustration (or, a short treatise on photography blogging)

Anyone notice how I haven’t been blogging in months?

Yeah, thought so. But anyway.

So why is that? Not that no one noticed, but that I haven’t been writing anything for anyone to notice? And if it seems to you like I only use this blog to bitch about my inability to blog consistently, you’re not wrong; but keep reading, because I’ll actually get to a different subject after this introduction. I swear.

Part of the problem obviously is that frustrating idea of shouting into the void – why write for a blog nobody cares about, right? On the other hand, yeah, why should anyone care about a blog that’s devoid of content and doesn’t get regular posts? So yeah, totally my own fault.

The other – actually bigger – part of the problem is subject matter. Like, I literally can’t think of something interesting to blog about. So I look to other photography blogs for inspiration (this is where I finally stop navel gazing and discuss an actual topic) and that in itself is becoming an exercise in frustration. For numerous reasons.

  1. The repetition. Oh, the repetition. I have quite a number of big photo blogs in my RSS feed and the redundancy is appalling. Something big (not not so big, but interesting or amusing or enraging) happens in the world of photography, and every photo blog has a story about it. And while that makes complete sense (after all, news events aren’t exclusive to one newspaper either), it makes scrolling through my feed feel like navigating a hall of mirrors. And yes, a lot of these issues or news items interest or amuse or enrage me too, sometimes enough that I start formulating my own post about it, only to stop. Because why should I add to the noise by regurgitating stuff in my own words that I’ve already seen half a dozen people regurgitate in their words? And that’s without even mentioning the hundreds of cases where one blogger actually comes up with something original and every other photo blogger and their dog post a slightly reworded version of the original post.
  2. The clickbait. Oh, the clickbait. You’ve all seen it. „Three mistakes every photographer makes“, „Five essential accessories you NEED in your camera bag“, „Ten incredibly creative portrait ideas“, etc etc. It feels like half the content on photography blogs these days is written by Buzzfeed. And you know what’s even worse? The worst part is that, dumb fuck that I am, I keep falling for it, thinking „Hey, these guys have a successful with tens of thousands of readers, they obviously know their shit“ and „Well, maybe one of those five accessories really is something I don’t know about“. And like a complete sucker I click on and scroll though the hundredth article telling me that „THE SECRET TO GETTING TACK SHARP PHOTOS“ is using a fucking tripod. Thank you, Captain Obvious. And don’t even get me started on the trend of labeling every fifteen minute video tutorial a „masterclass“ these days…
  3. Which brings me nicely to the third problem, which is the basics. Oh, the basics. Sometimes I feel like if I see another post praising a tutorial explaining Rembrandt lighting as if it was the epitome of new hot shit, I’ll scream. And that’s the moderately advanced stuff. I mean, there are people out there writing several pages long guides on back button focus. I actually saw ads for an ebook about BBF. Let that sink in. A book about freaking BACK BUTTON FOCUS. Like, what did the author even fill the pages with after writing „Use the button on the back of your camera to focus so you can focus and recompose more easily, oh, and it also keeps you from accidentally refocusing when pressing the shutter release.“? And for a short moment, I ask myself „Why don’t I just blog about these basics, it’s easy enough that even I could do it?“ and I stop myself because, again, why add to the noise by regurgitating the same stuff that’s already been regurgitated a million times?

So yeah. Subject matter. Seriously, what is there to blog abut in a world that’s so saturated with photography blogs that seem to be turning into the same more every day?

So, ask me anything (well, anything related to my photography). Maybe you’ll give me a decent subject to blog about.