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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.

  1. Matthew
    October 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    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.

  2. Jessica L
    October 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    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?

  3. uiouio
    September 25, 2013 at 6:25 am

    You want how much just to design a logo?

    • MoeDaDean
      October 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      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! :)

  4. eve
    September 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm

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

  5. Mike
    September 15, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    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
      September 16, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Got that right!

    • TechnoAngina
      September 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      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
      September 17, 2013 at 7:05 am

      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"

  6. michel
    September 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    get over yourselves.

    • Chase
      September 16, 2013 at 5:42 am

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

  7. Vamsi K
    September 15, 2013 at 5:16 am

    That's funny but true,

  8. Cooper
    September 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    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
      September 15, 2013 at 1:54 am

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

    • bev
      September 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

      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?

  9. GoCatGo
    September 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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

    • GoCatGo
      September 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Never mind … :-|

  10. GoCatGo
    September 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    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.

  11. Dominic P
    September 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Web designers have the same problem.

    • GoCatGo
      September 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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

  12. steve
    September 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    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
      September 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Hey Steve,

      I'm pretty sure that's what it meant.

    • dragonmouth
      September 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

      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
      September 18, 2013 at 1:52 am

      "can't we all just get along?"

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