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What is the single best thing you've learned on RFF?
Old 07-15-2015   #1
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What is the single best thing you've learned on RFF?

A technique that has become essential to your best photos, a previously un-known-to-you photographer who now inspires you, something that helped you make peace with your gear - what has been your one best take-away to date from this community?
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Old 07-15-2015   #2
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There isn't one. RRF has been a wealth of information as a whole. If I have to pick one, it would be the greater understanding of the ART of photography.
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Old 07-15-2015   #3
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Old 07-15-2015   #4
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Not to take others views, ideas, or recommendations on bodies and lenses whatever the make as definitive.
The only way to figure out if something works for you is to try it out for yourself. Granted that a ball park idea is directing but in the final analysis it's better to base your decisions on your own experience.
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Old 07-15-2015   #5
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New york is bull****.
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Old 07-15-2015   #6
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New york is bull****.
Well sure!

I can’t with any conscience argue for New York with anyone. It’s like Calcutta. But I love the city in an emotional, irrational way, like loving your mother or your father even though they’re a drunk or a thief. I’ve loved the city my whole life — to me, it’s like a great woman.
--Woody Allen

Whoever is born in New York is ill-equipped to deal with any other city: all other cities seem, at best, a mistake, and, at worst, a fraud. No other city is so spitefully incoherent.
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Old 07-15-2015   #7
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Old 07-15-2015   #8
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Not to take others views, ideas, or recommendations on bodies and lenses whatever the make as definitive.
The only way to figure out if something works for you is to try it out for yourself. Granted that a ball park idea is directing but in the final analysis it's better to base your decisions on your own experience.
I'm with you. I learned the hard way. Knew better though.

I also learned that people can be blinded by a brand name (red dot).
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That my photos suck?
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I canít with any conscience argue for New York with anyone. Itís like Calcutta. But I love the city in an emotional, irrational way, like loving your mother or your father even though theyíre a drunk or a thief. Iíve loved the city my whole life ó to me, itís like a great woman.
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I guess creepy old Woody forgot about him hooking up with his great woman's adopted daughter..


Anyway my take away is treat RFF just like the rest of the internet. Just because you read it on RFF does not mean it's true.
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Old 07-15-2015   #11
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i've learned that no matter how many images i post or where i post them...almost no one makes a comment.
i've learned that there sure are lots of good people in this world.
i've learned that gear is a highly personal decision and that there is no perfect camera bag.
i've learned that assholes lurk here and they never seem to learn how to play well with others.
i've learned that my experience here at rff is completely different from yours and his and hers...
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Old 07-15-2015   #12
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That my photos suck?
Nope, just looked at your work and RFF has now taught me that Pherdinand's shots are cool!
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Old 07-15-2015   #13
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i've learned that no matter how many images i post or where i post them...almost no one makes a comment.
i've learned that there sure are lots of good people in this world.
i've learned that gear is a highly personal decision and that there is no perfect camera bag.
i've learned that assholes lurk here and they never seem to learn how to play well with others.
i've learned that my experience here at rff is completely different from yours and his and hers...
Thanks to RFF i also just learnt that heart soul and a camera blogspot is pretty darn cool too.
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Old 07-15-2015   #14
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Not a "thing", but

I learned about Jane Bown from Helen Hill here.
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I have learned how to act more mature with my posts.
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Old 07-15-2015   #16
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I guess creepy old Woody forgot about him hooking up with his great woman's adopted daughter..
I learned that on the RFF people will argue about any post, even if they have no dog in the race.
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Old 07-15-2015   #17
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Thanks to RFF i also just learnt that heart soul and a camera blogspot is pretty darn cool too.
well, thank you!
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Old 07-15-2015   #18
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RFF cured my GAS I had caught on DPREVIEW.
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I have learned how to act more mature with my posts.
no you haven't!

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no you haven't!

Yes he has.
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Yes he has.
HAS NOT!


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Old 07-15-2015   #22
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I learned how to be the purveyor of asinine posts.
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Old 07-15-2015   #23
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"Best" is such a hard word to deal with, but "probably the best" thing I learned here is that ....
there are some very intelligent people who disagree with me at times
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Old 07-15-2015   #25
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That there are other people out in the world who share my lunacy and understand it. Very encouraging!

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Well, I won't come to the defense of NY either, tho' it is my birthplace and home. I do suspect some folks find what they are looking for.

As for what I have learned here: mostly that good photographers are in the habit of seeing things better than most other people. I am trying to follow their lead.
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HAS NOT!


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Has too! You... You... Canadian!
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Has too! You... You... Canadian!
i am dual citizen...born in brooklyn and raised in archie bunker territory...
so there!
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I have learnt that I am not the only die hard shooting film and loving it ! That making a good photo is like a family recipe. We all have our own individual ways and all are equally valid. One may love Rodinal and all but bathe in the stuff, whilst another may hate it passionately. I guess I have learnt to respect difference and celebrate it.
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i am dual citizen...born in brooklyn and raised in archie bunker territory...
so there!
Ah the guy from Queens.
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Old 07-15-2015   #32
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That opinions on film v digital are like ass**le*, everyone has one, and will fight to the death.
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I learned that on the RFF people will argue about any post, even if they have no dog in the race.
That's just not true!!!!

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Old 07-15-2015   #34
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I learned that Leica people are super protective
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Old 07-15-2015   #35
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That there are a LOT less forum members here who suffer from rectal personality disorder than there are over at l-camera-forum.
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Old 07-15-2015   #36
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I've learnt 2 things here.
a. The correct camera bag is proportional to taking pictures.
b. Constantly sending your camera out for repairs to correct the viewfinder makes better photos.
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Old 07-15-2015   #37
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Hello there,
It seems to me that the greater lesson from RFF discussions is that simple cameras leave more space for creativity and fun.
I am having great time with my ZI ZM + Biog35/2 just looking for great images and not struggling with million buttons and various metering possibilities.
Thank you all my RFF friends.
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The most important thing I've learned is that there's a pretty large community of serious and knowledgable RF and film users out there. Sometimes it can feel a bit isolating being the only one around that still shoots film, so I think this forum is a reminder that there's a much larger film culture that still holds a really deep body of information. Sometimes I'm amazed at how there are all these people here that have had decades and decades of experience and all I have to do is post a question on this forum to get often dozens of generous replies.
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In internet photography forum land coming to RFF feels a bit like going from high school to uni - suddenly you realise that you know bugger all and all your work sucks.
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That the good still far outweighs the bad and that there are some very talented people and some very knowledgeable people here, a few are both.

The final thing isn't so much learned as constantly reminded of; people are funny.
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