One thing that has always bugged me about the photography industry is how much emphasis is placed on camera gear, visual trends and not learning the craft of photography, understanding how light works and how to bend light to your will to create something interesting. Beyond that, learning how to tell good stories with the gear that we already have.
We often compensate creating an interesting, compelling and honest photograph to making shooting everything with super shallow depth of field and applying a film emulation presets.
Before I vent too much, I must admit that I too am guilty of this sin.
I have thought way more about what my bokeh will look like than how interesting the image will be. I've succumbed to the temptation to just stick someone in the shade and open up my aperture and fire away because I know the result I will get.
I get it though, every image can't be the representation of master storytelling and sometimes we just need to get the shot.
But there are other times when we have the freedom and time to really think about how to make an interesting image that draws the viewer in, challenges them, surprises them or maybe just makes them smile.