photographers … so you think P on your camera stands for Professional?
I know, I know .. it’s a funny comment that P stands for professional. But somehow it always irks me to the extent that I just can’t suppress my reply. Maybe it’s the purposeful dumbing-down making it seem okay not to want to know more and continually improve. Maybe that’s what gets to me. Still, I think my reply is more cute.
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your photographs are wonderful – you must have a really nice camera
There is an amusing anecdote doing the rounds as a graphic on Facebook and elsewhere – it’s a quote ascribed to Sam Haskins. Now, if you consider the number of quotes that get propagated on Facebook that are ascribed to Morgan Freeman, I’m surprised Sam Haskins even got a mention. But I digress.
The quote relates a story where a photographer smacks down a socialite in New York for some comment about the photographer’s camera. Well, here it is, and it kinda rankles me …
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Some sayings in photography are thrown out there so often that they’ve achieved a life of their own, and become truisms that are summarily accepted and then perpetuated.
Here they are - the 10 most annoying platitudes in photography …
Actually, I was going to name this post clichés in photography, but that would imply visual clichés. But tastes differ too widely, and I wouldn’t want to be the Style Police and dictate to other photographers which subjects and approaches are deemed cool. Besides, I think the world could always use more photos of pretty girls sitting on train tracks.
So here they are – things that make me grind my teeth:
1. “you have to know the rules to break the rules”
2. “the camera is only a tool” / “it’s the photographer, not the camera”
3. “zoom with your feet”
4. either / or debates
5. circular reasoning in order to rationalize something
6. “fake it until you make it” / “but everyone started somewhere”
7. the superiority of film because of some mystical qualities
8. B&W = art
9. ambient light purists
10. “don’t worry how it looks now, just fix it in Photoshop later”
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