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Garbage In, Garbage Out

November 17, 2013

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There is a term in photography relating to the outcome of your final product dependent on the source material you begin with. It originally derived from computer science in relation to data, because computers are dumb and only do what you feed into it. So if you feed it shit, it will output shit.

From the Wiki:

Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) in the field of computer science or information and communications technology refers to the fact that computers will unquestioningly process unintended, even nonsensical, input data (“garbage in”) and produce undesired, often nonsensical, output (“garbage out”).

The same thing applies to pictures. Photoshop has come a long way from it’s heyday. It can make the ordinary extraordinary. But the same rule applies, the better the quality of the photo going in, the less Photoshop you actually require to make it amazing. And you should never be using Photoshop as a means of constantly trying to save garbage photo’s. Not if your bread and butter is photography!

I saw this photo floating around on Facebook, and it seems that art imitates life is more than an apt way of framing this picture as a snapshot of our current society’s behavior wrt relationships.

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With the exception of the reference to negatives, i would say this picture describes the digital age quite well.

The digital age, even in guilty. My Nikon can take thousands of pics, throw away shots. Part of the strategy is to switch to ‘drive’ mode and continuously take pics hoping one of the many turns into gold, but this is usually for action shots where the motion is frantic.

However i like to think the best shots are the ones you plan ahead for, and with the right education in lighting theory, composition and mastery of your equipment you will get the best source material. The greatest photographers will wait patiently for the perfect shot to present itself, waiting hours for just the right lighting from the greatest light source we have.. the sun, and it’s position in the sky.

Garbage in/garbage out is the motto. Start with the best in-camera picture you can take so you end up using the most minimal amount of post processing (Photoshop) as possible.

In this regard, you can consider Photoshop as an analogy for Game.

Too many people start with garbage in, and then spend way too much time in post trying to ‘fix’ the image, only to give up trying to find details in the blown out areas, over use the sharpen tool to fix blurry photos, spend way too much time trying to use the clone tool to wipe out artifacts and abusing the healing tool to hide the blemishes… only to dump it because it’s just too easy too trash the ‘pic’, and take more garbage shots. Eventually you spend your whole life shooting garbage hoping for the one gem.

Women choose terrible men who only want to pump and dump them because they don’t take the time to close the gates and discover whether the man was worthy of the highest form of validation she could bestow. She takes the shot too quick, because it looked good at the time. No tripod, no image stabilization, to slow a shutter, low depth of field and the wrong white balance. Point and shoot garbage at it’s finest. Women think sex will make men fall in love with them. No. It is only a catalyst. But if there is nothing there beyond the sex, it will flicker out. It’s up to you to find out if there is something there beyond sex before you offer sex. Girl game. We fall in love with the person, not the pussy, and if you chose someone who only was after your pussy, you will be played. No amount of Photoshop will save that picture.

Men are also guilty of choosing terrible women. Most men have no understanding of ‘photography’ and start shooting garbage thinking they have a prize winning photo, simply because they are too eager to take the shot early simply because they want a photo at all costs and don’t want to be known as the guy who can’t take photos. They don’t have the knowledge on how to take good pictures, they just want to take pictures. At first they tell themselves they have a great photo. Then they start trying to convince others they have a good photo, with much pained looks and shaking heads. Then they realize the photo isn’t what they thought it was and attempt to use Photoshop to save the photo, only to realize they have no fucking clue what to do when they load it up. What are these tools? What is the eye dropper for? Levels and Curves? Exposure? Masking? Channels? WTF? So they go to a marriage councilor which amounts to Photoshop for Dummies (and that’s being generous). Then there are other men who take garbage shots because they know they’re Photoshop masters, so they use just enough to make the photo OK, but they’ll tire of it quickly if it’s a stubborn photo or go look for another garbage shot. Eventually they may try to learn the basics instead of just Photoshopping garbage.

The great photographer sets up, scrutinizes, and filters to make the first shot count because he/she remembers that back in the day – when film cost a huge amount of money, you had to make EACH SHOT COUNT!

That’s the analogy of yesteryear to today. They looked at every picture through the lens of permanence because it simply cost too much investment in film to take bullshit shots you wouldn’t keep and have to start again, so you took the time to make sure your first shot was priceless! So too should you look at your relationships through a lens of permanence because it will COST YOU over the long run if you keep disposing your pictures after such heavy initial investments, that will only get heavier trying to salvage them or keep them going by running inordinate amounts of Game to hang onto something that was flawed from the start.

If you have a woman who’s incredibly vapid, gold digging, drama mama, narcissistic self centered and shit testing you to no end driving you up the wall AND you’re letting her walk all over you because you count yourself lucky to have ended up with someone like her… you filtered wrong and took a garbage shot [ and showing how few options and doormatish you actually are you beta shlub ]. If you find you’re spending too much time and running an exhaustive amount of brutal Game [ Alpha ] or spending too much on gifts to keep her around [ Beta ].. you’re fucking around too much in Photoshop.

If you have men who repeatedly leave you or end all contact with you shortly after giving up sex way too early, you filtered wrong and took a garbage shot [ and telegraphing to the world you are a shitty photographer you slut 😉 ]. If you find you’re doing everything in your power to hang onto your man, including not being respected, getting treated like shit, turning a blind eye to being cheated on or being physically abused and telling your friends that he’s not really that bad, they just don’t know him like you do…. you’re fucking around too much in Photoshop.

After taking my first shot (marriage) and using all the lackluster Photoshop skills i could muster (Beta Game) to try and save a shot i never should have tried to Photoshop in the first place (One-itus)… i instead waited(MGTOW) and filtered(inner game) for nearly 2 years before taking my next shot nearly perfectly, and now i barely have to use any Photoshop(Game) at all, even tho i have now mastered a majority of the Photoshop tool-set.

Becoming MGTOW gave me the time to learn and the freedom and latitude to employ it.

And I haven’t reached for the healing brush yet!

Don’t depend on Photoshop…

nk81223389If a quality relationship is what you seek, ignore the garbage and learn how to capture the best picture on the very first shot!

Make your first shot count!

9 comments

  1. Interesting analogy. It seems a lot of people don’t know how to get the kind of relationship they are looking for. Sometimes they go into it not know what they want, but sometimes they do and the person they snag is just not it, yet they want to take time to change it rather than looking for someone else all together. Nit very effective.

    Also, a side thought: I think it’s mostly the younger women who think guys are going to like/love them more once they have sex. It only takes them once or twice of experience to learn “Well that doesn’t work” unless they are just plain stupid. Then they start to “go their own way” of sorts in the way that they start to have sex for the enjoyment of the sex rather than to try to pin a guy down for commitment or to get him to like her more.


  2. Wow, this is an original thought turned into a powerful argument. “Looking at relationships thru the lens of permanence”… that is key.
    I would also add that the expanding digital capabilities of our daily devices (namely iPhones and cameras) have somehow corrupted people’s critical thinking and diluted the power of intentional action; like finding a person with great qualities instead of mediocre substance.
    Great writing, look forward to more.


  3. I lol’d at that photo.

    After taking my first shot (marriage) and using all the lackluster Photoshop skills i could muster (Beta Game) to try and save a shot i never should have tried to Photoshop in the first place (One-itus)… i instead waited(MGTOW) and filtered(inner game) for nearly 2 years before taking my next shot nearly perfectly, and now i barely have to use any Photoshop(Game) at all, even tho i have now mastered a majority of the Photoshop tool-set.

    Well-said.


  4. Beautiful and powerful stuff, M3. Obviously you’re talking from a standpoint of romantic/intimate relationship advice…but in this age of “me, myself, I and never you” I’d say it could be extrapolated to work for friendships as well.

    If you’ve got a “friend” who is never there for you, constantly borrows money, takes everything you do for granted, doesn’t take the time to even say thanks, AND they act like you’re asking for too much if you want something in return…Well, that’s not a friend. That’s a leech, and you took a bad shot.


  5. […] There is a term in photography relating to the outcome of your final product dependent on the source material you begin with.  […]


  6. […] Too many people start with garbage in, and then spend way too much time in post trying to ‘fix’ … […]


  7. Reblogged this on The New Century Man and commented:
    I reblog rarely but this is a GREAT piece written about MGTOW.
    Enjoy!


  8. Good post, man!


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