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skanter
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Re: Earning it... really?
In reply to Jerry-astro, Sep 15, 2013

Jerry-astro wrote:

skanter wrote:

People certainly have a right spend large sums of money on equipment and use it however they want. But I find it inappropriate for people with little understanding of the creative aspects of photography to buy expensive, top flight equipment. Some people buy gear and just keep testing it, without taking any real photos. What's the point? Just collecting high-tech toys? One needn't be a "great artist" to start learning about the principles of composition, and what makes a good photograph.

IMO people should "earn" the quality of equipment they use by putting in the time and effort needed to achieve some level of skill and understanding.

Sam, I agree that there are an awful lot of people out there with near zero skills who buy expensive equipment because they can and really haven't a notion how to use it. That said, your comment about "earning" the quality of equipment comes across as elitist and arrogant, though I doubt you meant it that way. Frankly, people can spend as much as they want on camera equipment and it's no business of yours or mine.

Why is it that no one seems to have read the first sentence of my post, "People certainly have a right spend large sums of money on equipment and use it however they want."

As far as being none of  our business, I see nothing wrong with giving opinions about it. I'm not appealing to congress for a law making it illegal to do so, but I can speak out against this type of foolishness.

It might seem like a terrible waste, but to use a parallel example, should someone well-heeled enough to buy a Lamborghini have to "earn" the privilege to do so by being professionally trained as a driver? Don't think so. I guess one can wish they had the same means.

The word "earned" may not have been the best, but it was the best I could come up with at the time.  I think any intelligent person, even if wealthy, should realize that it might not be appropriate to spend huge amounts of money on expensive cameras and lenses without knowing the first the first thing about photography.

Again, i don't see it the same as buying expensive watches, clothes or cars. These are not tools for aesthetic expression. I do see a parallel to people who buy an $80,000 Steinway grand to play chopsticks.  They have every right - but what a waste!

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