Is everyone here a professional now

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Re: Is everyone here a professional now
In reply to Chad Gladstone, Jun 5, 2013

Chad Gladstone wrote:

brianj wrote:

Chad Gladstone wrote:

brianj wrote:

When this site began it seemed to be teaming with amatuer and hobbyist photographer who revelled in getting more out of their new 2mp P&S digital cameras, it was really exciting days.

Now when I am reading threads people talk about carrying a P&S for unexpected things like someone runs into their car, but here's the interesting part, they say 'but when I am on a serious shoot' I take out the DSLR.

I take photos all the time and when I go on holidays I take a lot more, I love taking photos, but there is nothing serious about it, its just to record my family's life and have fun.

What is this serious photography that requires a DSLR, is it paid work, or something that their life depends on, will they lose face?

Can anyone please explain what has happened to people these days that everything has become so serious, where is the fun gone?  Is it only over on the Connect site?

Brian

Did not read the responses but I have been shooting DSLR since the original Canon Rebel days and have substantial investment in equipment now.  I often shoot for others, but decline compensation on principle.  I have observed a stark decline in pro photography gear in public, even in places where only a DSLR is sufficiently capable of capturing the image, irrespective of the shooter's relative skill.  At dance recitals or sporting events there are often no other photography enthusiasts who are documenting the event with anything other than a cell phone.  My observations may be spurious, but I cannot help but contend that people are becoming content with mediocrity and further, that there are few (as a percentage of the populations) that remain committed to remain on the bleeding edge of technological improvements and thus, those who continue to post here, are fast becoming a discrete and insular minority.  Whether there needs to be further compartmentalization beyond enthusiast and professional, is more a measure of compensation, rather than talent.  There is no "fun" in photography.  Capturing an event through the perspective of a tiny viewfinder is a pursuit that benefits only those, dwindling few, who appreciate the effort, and understand how monumental an achievement it is.

I pity those who are attempting to make a profession out of it, as it is a long, solitary road, that, while more and more attempt, fewer can and will succeed at.  The democratization of the modern digital camera appears only to be diluting the pool of fine images and requires, one, by necessity, to wade through the chaff for wheat.  It seems anyone with a few hundred dollars to spend can incorporate, print business cards, and fancy themselves a professional and subject the public to their suspect abilities.  Few are born with it, the rest of us spend a lifetime, chasing after and trying to capture it.

"There is no "fun" in photography."

A wise man once said, 'don't turn your hobby into your work, as you will end up hating it'.

Brian

I seriously doubt that that "wise man" was a successful photographer.  I have noting against the hobby as a form of diversion, but achieving a combination of light, color, precision timing, framing, whilst balancing barely enough depth of field, shutterspeeds verging on disaster and iso as low as is humanly possible all while viewing an event through a miniscule viewfinder is a work of self deprecation, irrespective of how much enjoyment one is provided by the undertaking or mastery of the subject matter.  Sometimes, it is nice to just sit back and be a spectator.  The problem is that few seem inclined to take up the mantle, and fewer still have the equipment or wherewithal to make the endeavor a worthwhile undertaking.

Some climb Mt Everest while others stroll in the park and smell the roses.

The loss of the profession of the "professional photographer,"  as an occupation unto itself, will only be missed by the remaining few that appreciate the effort.  With this generation, the masses appear satisfied with convenience over quality and do not see the relative value in it pursuing what is possible to achieve or on the other hand, willing to compensate another for a skill set that they don't even know that the lack (except perhaps, for the obligatory "cut rate" wedding photographer which I have heretofore remarked upon).  This is shameful when the equipment is finally becoming mature and remarkably more capable than just a few short generations ago.  Perhaps one day, it will even be "fun".  For now, at least, it is hard work.  Made more challenging by a horizontally integrated field composed primarily with point and shoot aficionados (not that there is anything wrong with that - but there is a substantial lag between the consumer products potential and the specialty of precision instrument in capable hands).  I, for one, am increasingly appearing out of place at events with my huge DLSR, giant lenses and tripod when the arena is speckled with row after row of iphones and androids devices with none of the other spectators being the wiser.  Why would they be when they are sharing them via facebook or instagram, anyway?

I understand your feeling of loss, anyone who is over 50 is probably feeling similair, its not only photography that has been dumbed down or disappeared completely, but that is the way it is, none of us can stop it.

Brian

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