Not All "Photographers" Are Photographers December 26 2011, 0 Comments

There comes a time when one must stand up and be counted. For to fail to do so, to stay silent, gives consent. This blog is not politically correct or even polite. I love the saying that reads, “If the truth hurts, maybe it should”.

This blog is for all those out there who call themselves “photographers” but couldn’t set an F-Stop and a Shutter Speed to save their souls. I believe that if you are going to call yourself a “photographer” and take money from people to create photographs for them or to sell them an image, you should have a working knowledge of photography, understand principals of light and NOT use other peoples intellectual property, namely software, to fix your bad images because you didn’t know how to take a photo in the first place. Spending hours after the fact working on a computer “fixing” your photos and presenting them as your work, not only is a misrepresentation of yourself, it is a lie to those who might hand over their hard earned dollars.

Over the past year and a half, I have met several of these “photographers”. One was a repair man who simply tried to copy other peoples work. One was a retired person who couldn’t hold the camera steady, let alone make a print.  Buyers beware. If you need to hire a photographer, hire someone who actually makes a living in the art of photography. In my experience over the past twenty years, most others will be suspect. Those who have studied photography do not need to alter their images on a computer nor do they generally believe that altering an image brings integrity to their work. The art of their images is in knowing how to capture the light at that perfect moment. It is in capturing that special look, laughter, or event. As with any art form, years of study, experience and talent make their images stand out. They are technically accurate. These folks could use a wooden box with a hole in it to capture light because they know how to set an F-Stop and a Shutter Speed.

For those of you out there who are taking money from honest folks, STOP. Study. Educate yourself or fess up to unsuspecting customers and clients. Let them know that you can work a computer but not a camera. They are entitled. You are risking their events and their once in a lifetime moments. Misrepresenting yourself is bad enough but you damage the true integrity of photographic industry. If you could make a living as an artist you would be. All the software in the world isn’t going to make you a photographer or an artist of any kind. But let’s face it, not everyone is. We all have dreams. I mean, I would like to be 5’10 and blonde, but in this life I’m 5’3 and a brunette.