The Crap Photographers Have To Deal With

I feel sorry for photographers. People never seem to truly appreciate them for the work they do. Sure, it’s easy to whip out your smartphone, take a photo, add a filter, share it on Instagram and get a bazillion likes; that still doesn’t make you a photographer. To give you an idea of what photographers go through and the crap they have to deal with, The Shoppe designed a few typographical posters depicting the life of a shutterbug.

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steve

that still doesn’t make you a photographer. – is exactly the remark which costs the article any credibility with anyone other then ‘photo snobs’ – those who take photographs are photographers, those who look to make a living at it are professional photographers.

Whilst I have sympathy for the professionals I have none for those who strut around letting everyone know how ‘special’ they are.

Jackson

Hey Steve,

I’m pretty sure that’s what it meant.

dragonmouth

Steve,
Your comments show that you have absolutely no clue of what you are talking about. Does knowing which end of the wrench to use make you a mechanic?!

jon

“can’t we all just get along?”

Dominic P

Web designers have the same problem.

GoCatGo

Yeah … I think photographers, graphic designers, filmmakers … all can identify with these.

GoCatGo

Well, steve … I think context is everything. You are technically correct … pushing a button makes a person (or a chimp?) a “photographer.” But I think you … and everyone else who reads that sentence … understands the intent. Like so many words in the English language, nuances exist with the use of a word like “photographer” … and we must be able to process those nuances if we hope to communicate with one another. The word “professional” is implied here … and I think one must go to some lengths to ignore that so they can accuse others of “strut(ing) around letting everyone know how ‘special’ they are.”

So, my question to you is, what is wrong with pointing out that one person has training, expertise, and experience in a particular field which exceeds that of a layperson?

Finally, although I have been paid to shoot photos, I have sold prints, and my images have been published, I would not call myself a professional photographer. Sure, I fit the “technical” description … but I’m aware enough to know what the phrase “professional photographer” (and, yes, even the single word “photographer”) implies.

GoCatGo

Apologies for the lack of breaks there … they just disappeared …

GoCatGo

Never mind … :-|

Cooper

Pfft, just do your job and shut up. What next, the English major who whines while editing dreary technical data sheets and MSDS? Really, such pretentiousness from emotionally frail pseudo-artists.

go

Just curious Cooper … what do you do for a living?

bev

Cooper… No one is whining.. It is jest. bottom line is everyone wants to be appreciated for what took their time to learn… are you different?

Vamsi K

That’s funny but true,

michel

get over yourselves.

Chase

Thanks for sharing your point of view … as limited as it seems to be.

Mike

When people say to me that camera must take great shots. I say to them when you have a great meal at a restaurant, do you say that the chef must have great pots.

bev

Got that right!

TechnoAngina

No but I might ask them if they get all their food pre-made from Sysco. It’s kind of the same as purchasing a DSLR, a few Photoshop filters, running a few batch processes to color correct and then claiming that makes you a professional. Not knocking some of the truly amazing photogs out there, and this kind of crap annoys me too, but let’s stop calling wedding photography high art here. It’s the ability to follow some very basic training. It’s certainly not as highly skilled of a trade as it used to be. I’ve got a design degree here and I’m in a field that’s going the same way, so it definitely stings, but if we don’t face reality and innovate then we get what we deserve.

AJ

I hear the great camera one all the time – people often mean it as a complement. My current response is “I have a great pair of scissors at home but that doesn’t make me a hairdresser”

eve

brilliant post! love it and so, so true!!!!!

uiouio

You want how much just to design a logo?

MoeDaDean

if it’s so easy to say “just to” before any task you need done, then it must really be easy to do it yourself and be happy with what you come up with. Price problem solved! :)

Jessica L

Great posters and oh so true! That’s the fun and jest of them! To the others in this post what are you arguing at?

Matthew

In the early days of photography, you had to be a professional, or at least an amateur enthusiast, to get the equipment to work.
Now, with a half decent camera, the first “equipment skill” is knowing when you need to correct the automatic function, as simple maybe as dipping the camera while it locks the exposure, to prevent excess bright sky causing it to under-expose.

Compared to a competent amateur, the professional needs/has:
1. Better lighting kit, be it fixed lights or off-camera flashes.
2. Full knowledge of the “set pieces” of weddings (the only time most people will use a professional)
3. Better at handling people, or have an assistant to arrange the set pieces

There are 4 kinds of photographers…
Professional (good)
Professional (as in “paid to do it”, we’ve all seen the horror stories of the messed up “professional” wedding shots).
Amateur (competent)
Amateur (amateurish) – I’ve seen friends post pics that would be VASTLY improved with the “autofix” option in most programs.