Is everyone here a professional now

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
brianj
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Re: Is everyone here a professional now
In reply to rosiesphoto, Jun 5, 2013

rosiesphoto 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

You’re missing the point. Photography is the art of taking pictures, not the gear. If you consider yourself a "photographer" than you are continuously learning and challenging yourself to produce the best with the equipment you have. Personally when I pick up my P&S or DSLR my mindset changes, I expect the best out of myself.

And of course at times taking photos of the kids running around you are reacting and there is no time to think. When on Holiday you are serious in that you pose the family in the correct background and lighting. How many times have you seen people taking pictures and you say to yourself I would do this or that. Is this a sign that you take photography seriously.

The serious shoot for me as an "Avid photography hobbyist" is applying all the techniques I learned to find different compositions and using my DSLR to its maximum capabilities.

I agree, and that is what I also do, its just that I carry a smaller camera.  But I don't make a big point of it and say I only pick up my P&S when I am on a serious outting.

The point of the OP is that we don't need DSLR owners shoving it in our face all the time how their camera is the only one that can be used if you are a real photographer or going to do some real shooting.

Brian

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