Photographers Can Be Snobs

If you are a professional photographer and clicked this, you know there’s an element of truth to it.

A friend sent me this link: http://youarenotaphotographer.com. And while the site is funny, it is chock full of arrogance. Oddly, the tagline for this site is “You Can’t Buy Talent.” This is wrong, but more on that later.

Let me tell you why they are in such a bad mood:

  1. Photographers hate that nice cameras are getting more affordable all of the time.
  2. They hate that these cameras enable people to take better pictures because it reduces the demand for their services.
  3. Photographers can be like most artists, in that their opinion is the only one that counts, people with bad taste aren’t potential customers to them — they are idiots.
  4. Many photographers hate Instagr.am and Pixlr-o-matic because it allows normal people to edit photos in ways they used to with really expensive software.

Let’s go in reverse order — Of course people upload really dumb pictures through services like Instagr.am, but some photos look pretty darn cool. My college friend Brit took this and it came out really well, in my opinion. Some photographers never edit their work, others do. Either way, they just don’t like instagr.am and for dumb reasons.

Potential customers can have bad taste, as evidenced by this photo. Photographers, too, have bad taste. Everyone has bad taste to somebody else. Just because people have poor taste doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have photos taken, even if they are ugly.

This is a big sticking point. It must really pain some of these folks to see camera commercials where people remark “you took that?” to their friends’ picture of a tree. Further, every reduction in price must be pins and needles for them.

But to the most important part where the byline says “You can’t  buy talent.”
This is wrong for so many reasons, but here are just two:  you can hire photographers and you can buy their artwork.

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