Is everyone here a professional now

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom_N
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Re: It's not about being a professional...
In reply to brianj, Jun 3, 2013

brianj wrote:

I mean anyone could re-morgage the house and go out and buy the best and say hey look what this gear can do.  But what enjoyment would that be, its no accumplishment by the photographer.  Someone demonstrated how some camera could produce a beautiful image at ISO54000, so what.

Just because I'm a hobbyist doesn't mean that I want to be stuck with the limitations of point-and-shoot cameras.  Neither does it mean that I have re-mortgaged my possessions to go out and buy the most expensive SLR and DSLR bodies and lenses that I can find.  There were a lot of fine film SLRs, and currently are a lot of fine DSLRs, that provide most or all of the features that enthusiasts might want, without the breathtaking price tags of the truly "pro" level bodies.  That doesn't mean that the cost (or reduced portability) of a DSLR is for everyone, but it does mean that many people will find the DSLR route an attractive one to take.  Some of those people post here.

If I am not mistaken, there are forums here where posts about digital point-and-shoot cameras – or photos taken with them – are welcome.

As for your claim that pictures taken with "the best" equipment reflect "no accomplishment by the photographer", you couldn't be further off the mark.  A BMW, Honda, Toyota, or Corvette may be a much better, and more expensive, car than a Yugo.  Yet unless the more expensive car is equipped with "self-driving" gear from the likes of Google (or the universities that compete in the DoD's long-distance autonomous driving challenges, or the mythical creators of the fictional TV car 'KITT'), its safe arrival at the proper destination is still the accomplishment of the driver.

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