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Unveiling Photography Myths with Tyler Stalman

2/29/2024 Matt 0 Comments

In the ever-evolving world of photography, misconceptions and myths often cloud the creative lens. Photographer Tyler Stalman dives deep into the realm of these widely held beliefs, challenging the status quo and shedding light on the truths behind the art form. 

In this article, Tyler explores two prevalent myths that even professional photographers may not fully comprehend.

Myth 1: Wide Angle Lenses Don't Cause Distortion, Telephoto Lenses Don't Cause Compression

Tyler Stalman boldly confronts a controversial claim that wide-angle lenses do not cause distortion, and telephoto lenses do not cause compression. With a series of captivating images taken on different lenses and cameras, Stalman dismantles the myth, asserting that distortion and compression are not inherent properties of the lens but are, in fact, influenced by the distance between the subject and the camera.

Myth 2: Shooting Manual is a Must for Professional Photographers

The second myth Stalman addresses is the belief that shooting in manual mode is essential for professional photographers. While acknowledging the importance of understanding the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, Stalman reveals that most professional photographers predominantly use aperture priority. He emphasizes that manual mode finds its place in controlled environments like studios or filmmaking, where consistent settings are crucial.

Stalman encourages new photographers to grasp the fundamentals but reassures them that shooting in manual mode is not a prerequisite for professionalism. Understanding one's camera thoroughly is vital, and Stalman suggests exploring this through Skillshare, an online learning platform, which he proudly endorses.

Bonus Myth: Color Science and Camera Brands

Tyler Stalman dispels the myth that color science is synonymous with specific camera brands. By analyzing images taken with different cameras, he reveals that color science primarily affects JPEGs and has minimal impact on RAW images. Stalman emphasizes the significance of post-processing in achieving desired color tones, challenging the notion that certain brands possess unique color signatures.

About Tyler Stalman:

Professional photographer & cinematographer with an endless love of gear, technology and style. Let's Get Connected: | Listen to the podcast | Twitter | Instagram

Images and video via Tyler Stalman