Navigating the plethora of advice from other photographers in videos, articles, and comment sections can be a tricky journey. Some tips are indeed helpful and while others, even though well-intentioned, are repeated ad nauseam without being challenged enough.
In this video, Adam Karnacz, of First Man Photography, talks us through five pieces of bad advice that he regularly hears being given to other photographers. The part I connected with most was the point about staying in your lane. Not that I've necessarily said it to anyone or had it said to me, but it's the type of advice — or criticism — is something that I see on a regular basis in comment sections on Fstoppers and on YouTube.
There's nothing wrong with arguing against an opinion or advice that you don't agree with. But to declare that someone isn't entitled to said opinion, purely because they might not have the same experience as others, comes across as a little arrogant. Its's also indicative of a culture of gate-keeping. Of course, this depends on what exactly is being talked about, e.g. a non-medical professional giving advice on open heart surgery to a room full of cardiac surgeons is just silly — but you get my point. Other photographers who see this type of belittling commentary might be dissuaded from trying new things. People have to start somewhere and I would always encourage others to step outside of their comfort zones.
What bad photography advice have you received in the past?