The Crap Photographers Have To Deal With

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.

Comments (24)
  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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! :)

  • eve

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

  • 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.

    • 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”

    • 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.

    • bev

      Got that right!

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