Post # 1
I rarely do this, but dang, I am getting fed up.
I own a DSLR. I do this because I am really a bad at taking pictures and need all the help I can get, including manual focus and swapping lenses. Sometimes I get lucky though, and get some fantastic shots in. Those go up on Facebook. I am not a professional, I just like taking pictures and sharing with them far away family. I know this.
So why, for the love of all that is holy, is it acceptable for professional photographers to $#@! and moan about amateurs with DSLR’s?
Check out this link:
Ok, so that’s just a link, you say. Ignore it, you say. Well, in at least two instances, I’ve actually had people make nasty comments to my face (well, it was the faux whisper, which may has well have been).
Seriously, why can’t I just take pictures in peace? Why this pretentiousness among professional photographers? It’s almost enough to make me start carrying my husband’s point and shoot. Except, you know, then my pictures would really suck.
Post # 3
I feel a bit of that too. I think it happens in a lot of circles, not just photographers. My guess is that photographers consider themselves artists and some might feel offended/threatened with others trying to break into their art. Plus, it must be frustrating that everyone who can take a picture of a rock can think they’re a photographer. I agree that it’s not nice to make fun of or berate people that are just trying to take good pictures and have an enoyable hobby though!
Post # 4
OMG I THINK I CAN ANSWER THIS!! YAY FOR HELPING!
Because there are people that aren’t like you. There are people that will have like 50 albums on their facebook called “Art” and act like they really are the bees knees. It’s not about the camera, it’s the vision. I can take awesome pictures with my point and shoot and I knew a girl with a DSLR who took portraits and cut people off at the joints. YOU DON’T CUT OFF AT THE KNEES OR ELBOWS!
But anyway. I’ve taken loads of photography classes and it was the track of my art degree. I STILL won’t call myself a photographer, simply because I’m not.
It’s just annoying to work very hard at something when it seems like someone else can just “buy” the title of “photographer” or “artist.”
I mean.. think about this:
If you studied for YEARS to get a Ph.D to become a psychologist, you deserve the title of doctor! Then someone comes along and buys the DSM IV and starts calling themself a doctor. INFURIATIING. (I understand this is a bit different because license/malpractice/legal stuff blah blah blah)
But do you see the point? I think a lot of people just come to this conclusion because they’ve met so many people who honestly think they are just as good as professionals simply because they own a piece of the equipment.
Post # 5
Oh and I wanted to add, we should be more accepting of people starting out. Everyone has to learn sometime. Even famous photographers started out fiddling with cameras and not knowing what each button/switch did. Sometimes we are harsh with the wrong people. It’s difficult. Some people need a dose of reality (sorry but dropping serious $$$ on a camera does NOT make you the next Ansel Adams), others are eager to learn and all we do is slap them in the face with discouragement.