Conversations – L’Amusement

Me: Woo hoo! My swish new camera has just arrived! *happy face*

Professional Photographer Friend: You total bloody gearhead. You know, you can make perfectly decent pictures on any old pile of junk. The key is to have a good command of the gear you do have, and to learn how to work within its limitations, dear. Nowadays it’s all rich kids kids with expensive gear, working all on Auto. Amateurs are sweeping away the professional photographers by giving away their rubbish pictures for free exposure! Bah. And humbug.

(Later)

Same Professional Photographer Friend: Woo hoo! My shiny new Samsung Galaxy S2 phone has arrived! *happy face*

Me: Oh, swish new phone! You total bloody gearhead. You know, you can send perfectly decent messages on any old pile of junk. The key is to have a good command of the fundamentals, like vocabulary, and sarcasm. Learn to type within your limitations, dear. Back in my day, my god, we even had to know things like spelling, which you rich kids kids today with your new fangled does-it-all multi-button tech gadgets can bypass entirely. Amateurs are sweeping away the professional raconteurs by texting people their poorly conjugated thoughts for free exposure. The travesty! *faints*

Partially paraphrased but entirely true recent conversation between ST84Photo and Professional Photographer Friend.

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  1. #1 by juliamcameron on November 8, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    Gear buffs…..masters of their own kit! Does that sound rude?!

  2. #2 by simonfive on November 8, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    It’s all true. I cycle round the city with £2,500 worth of gear on the back of my bike. Just so I can take a few photos. Lol

  3. #3 by john mcdonald on November 8, 2011 - 9:43 pm

    How did it feel to open the box and hold your new camera for the first time? What did it smell like? What were your feelings about the possible images this machine would capture in your photographic future? So many photographers are gear heads but so many of us have been inspired to start photography because of the beauty of these amazing machines. Technology that can help you make art.

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