The Dunning-Kruger Peak of Photography


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Source: ars via PetaPixel

This humorous graphic was created by Lee Hutchinson over at Ars Technica in a recent article comparing the iPhone 6 Plus to a Canon DSLR. It suggests that people who are just starting out in photography commonly experience a period of delusion in which they suddenly think they are much greater at photography than they actually are.

Here’s how Hutchinson explains the graph:

The point labeled “Dunning-Kruger peak” is that surge of self-confidence one gets when one acquires some small amount of skill in a thing and, emboldened by that skill, decides that they are awesome at that thing. However, repeated use of the skill typically disabuses one of that illusion [...] Once you’re across the peak, reality settles in, and you realize that the things you don’t know massively outweigh the things you’ve learned [...]

Only with a lot of time and effort can you realistically self-assess your skill.

mmm I think I am suffering this effect ... at least I am pass the delusional stage and heading fast into the trough of despair :biggrin:

Taken from PetaPixel.

Now I have said it I feel better :)

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