Okay, so there seems to be this little problem nowadays where everyone thinks they're a photographer. The problem is: these "photographers" are showcasing poorly shot images, using terrible lighting, having myspace angles. Yeah, photography this does not make, kids. You can enjoy taking your pictures all you want, but it's not really too artistic.
Photographers actually set up an image in order for it to be aesthetically pleasing. There's a lot of work behind getting that perfect shot.
Hobbyist photographers, while they may not take everything into consideration, still use at least composition, lighting, and exposure.
If anyone cares to know what the faster frames say its: composition, lighting, line, value, shape, form, space, texture, contrast, colour, movement, emphasis, pattern, proportion, unity, perspective, balance, exposure, quality. These are factors taken into consideration when the photographer is behind a camera. They are the elements and principles of photography, along with a couple other miscellaneous points.
I, personally, want to get into the photography field, but I feel as though I'm not going to be taken seriously due to my age and the various "photographers" in my age bracket that really don't pay too much mind to how things are set up. It's depressing really.
So I decided to make this stamp for my own personal use as there were no other ones that I could find with this sort of message. I hope you guys can find use for it, as well.
Oh, and if anyone goes to look for my photography to see if I have the right to say this and only finds crappy snapshots, that's because this isn't my photo account. XD It's *Mih43l.
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No it doesn't, and no they're not. The word photographer has connotations to it, and those connotations are professional in nature. This means that a photographer is a person who can, and often does, make money with their trade. A person who exclusively takes selfies and terribly executed snapshots does not fall under this category, and thus are not photographers. They could be considered hobbyists, though, I suppose. The artist issue is a different topic entirely as the word "artist" does not carry the same expectations.
I agree with everything in this stamp! I'm not very good at photography right now, I'll admit that, since all the pictures I take right now are pretty amature looking. But I'm really wanting it to be my career some day, and my family all tell me I have a natural talent for it. I'm going to technology school next year to learn photography as well. So, I may not know everything about photography now, but i keep my fingers crossed for the future.
exactly. It irks me when people take crappy snapshots and think that they're on a professional level. especially when they do it withreally nice cameras. Just because someone has a professional grade camera doesnt make them a photographer. I mean, you could use a disposable camera and still get really good shots. it all depends on what is being photographed, not just what is photographing it. That myspace-mirror-photo is still shitty, no matter the equipment.
I've been looking for a stamp like this for so long! I couldn't agree more. I found an amazing picture when looking at photography pictures once then I went to their gallery and went into their photography album and that was the only thing close to photography in there. The rest were MySpace angles of themselves. They were a waste of a Nikon D7000, and they aren't the only ones I've seen like that.
I hate when girls have nice Canon's with great focus, but they take pictures of themselves in the mirror, and MySpace angle pictures of them, and then take random pictures of like, their underwear. I'm planning on being a photographer when I'm older, and I'm practicing now. I say I'm pretty good, but what camera do I use? A Kodak EasyShare.
I'm a professional photographer and I take every one of these points you mentioned into consideration.
Thank you, this is a problem to try to help fix. I also don't like it when people take pictures on photos or iphones and call it art. In my book, you really need the huge, expensive camera and all the equipment to come out with a decent quality shot that is even worthy to put up here. This may not be your view of things, but it's mine. To each their own.
i used a point and shoot for quite some time and it took just as good quality photos as my slr despite me not having full control over it my instructor, a professional who teaches on the side, was even impressed with some of them so it's not really the type of camera you use, it's what you do with it but i will certainly agree that iPhone photos rarely qualify as art. there's only, like, one lo-fi photographer that i know of that's managed to do some pretty cool things using various photography apps
so did I, that was before I got my really nice, expensive camera. Yes, they do have their moments. Like this was taken with a point and shoot. [link]
It's partly the type of camera, your amount of skill, and how you use it. My dad just got a new ipod four and he has all these photography apps on it, but i hate it. He's like raving about it all the time. It turns out being very bad quality and very very tiny when it comes to the photo size. nice.
lady-emeraldeyesFeatured By OwnerOct 11, 2011Hobbyist Photographer
SOOOO true. I have friends that just got their first digital cameras and are like, "ZOMG mai furst camera nao I iz a fotografer!!" and it disgusts me when I see the pictures of their reflection and snapshots of their feet. Having a camera does not make you a photographer, just as holding a baby doesn't make you a parent.
SelkiePhotographyFeatured By OwnerJul 31, 2011Hobbyist Photographer
I know what you mean. Granted, my pictures don't always have the best exposure because I just use a digital camera, but I know where your coming from. If you don't put forth EFFORT to TRY and get a good shot, then it's basically just snapshots.
ShariCampbellFeatured By OwnerJun 9, 2011Hobbyist General Artist
I only don't take that stuff into consideration cause... I don't know what any of it is... >.< A lot of people love my photography, reguardless of my sh*tty camera. But now that I think about it, maybe I do. Cause when I'm walking around I'll see something and wish I had my camera, and I start thinking about the perfect angle and such and maybe I really do, just subconciously. ?
Photography is photography. There's good photographers and bad ones. nothing "real" about anything, because like all art, it's all just subjective. Photography is a meeting of art and science and being of those two main components, each photographer has their share of artistic view and technical perfection.
In any respect, one who takes photos is a photographer and I think it is just kind of lame to try to make it some exclusive thing when the truth is that everyone takes photos at some point.
Granted, it does annoy me when people show no humility in their art, no matter how good they are. When people say "I'm a photographer" doesn't mean they are saying, "I'm a pro"
So do you consider those crappy myspace photos, for example, photography? Cause I don't. Those are the things I'm talking about. I'm bloody sick of people who take nothing but in the mirror photos or myspace photos, low quality where you can see nothing but grain, calling themselves photographers.
I'd say it's crappy myspace photography, but photography nonetheless. People are going to do whatever they like but as long as they don't get some kind of super glamorized fame from it, I don't have a problem with it.
I don't really have a problem with it either, as long as they don't strictly call themselves photographers. Cause they're not. The definition of photographer is someone who takes photos professionally; one who practices or is skilled in photography. Honestly, I see no skill in holding a camera over their head and squeezing the button.
When I do anything I don't think about the technical bullshit that goes a long with it. I just do it. Not just with photography. With everything. Everything has a technical point to doing it but I never think about it while doing it. And when I take photos I take pictures of stuff that I think is beautiful or creative or interesting.
And I actually had a point and shoot camera for the longest time I was taking shots with and I knew that, that camera only took good photos without store lighting (dunno why guess there is more lighting) and outside. So that is the only time I used that camera. I did take some indoor photos but they did not come out as good.
I know I am not a photographer but I still love taking photos. And I feel that a lot of my photos have an artistic edge but that is me. That is my opinion. You may think I am like the rest of those people in that bracket and you may say my photos are not artistic but that is your opinion. What I am trying to say is that art is kind of like beauty it is in the eye of the beholder. You could look at my deviations and say they are shit and not artistic and I could do the same for you. Not saying either one of us has done this (*sobs*) but it happens all the time.
I do agree that myspace shots are not really artistic. I like using those as references though for vectors. Hehe! My sister does a lot of myspace photography. LMAO!