In another post, in another group some women got on her higher than thou horse and basically said that she is ticked at the world; or any one that can afford a better camera than she has. Fail. That these so called "mom-ographers" were taking all of her "business" away and that basically only real photographers go through school. Lame.
I'm a "real" photographer. I have my own business, as well as I do get hired from time to time from other bigger named photographers to help them out. I've been into photography since I was 8. I am currently finishing up school for photography. I learned Photography on film cameras.
I get a majority of my business by word of mouth. Either work from old professors, current professors, friends, friends of friends, family members, family members friends, family members friends of friends, etc. I have a ton of word of mouth business. However, I do not think I'm "too good" to stop and help someone who is new to the art figure it out. I don't think I'm "too good" to say, hey, you can get a much better photo at this setting, etc. (If asked or warrented, which seriously is asked of me like ALL the time.) I don't mind, everyone has to start somewhere. Right?
And since when did photography and art become about the materials and or tools used? Isn't photography about the skill and the eye for it? Just saying. You can have the badest and biggest camera, tri pod, lens, etc, and still basically get okay shots. I personally shoot with my Rebel t2i. I have two other canon dslr bodies. A Mark III and a 7D. I still get the same amazing shot on my t2 as I do with the Mark and the 7D. Stop blaming your equipment, and start blaming your ability. Perhaps you are in the wrong profession if the only thing that matters to you is your equipment and the fact that you are apparently a struggling artists and can not "upgrade".
Honestly I can take my Sony point and shoot camera and STILL get amazing shots like in my dslr's. The error is NOT the equipment, the error is the user. No amount of money spent on equipment will make you a better photographer.
Rules of a True Photographer: (To those who think that they are too good to be bothered to help others, or think that even "mom-ographers" are not capable of learning a few tricks of the trade..... Honestly good for these mothers learning. What harm does it do to you?)
You must KNOW your camera inside and out. How it works, how it opperates, use it in manual mode.
You must be willing to help other photographers come into their craft.
KNOW aperture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO and how ALL of this affects your end photo.
Practice, practice, practice! And then practice some more.
Sorry, I will get down off of my soap box. I just do not understand the thinking of some women, some "photographers" that are not willing to get off of their high horse and help newbies. How very selfish of them, and what bad PR to their clients. I have to say that a GOOD majority of my client base actually came from random people in parks, on vacations, etc asking me if I mind to take their family, couple, personal photo of them, because they noticed a dslr hanging around my neck. I always said sure. Or someone seeing on my LCD this beautiful and stunning photo, and asked how I got that photo, and I took the time to show and tell them what settings I had chose and why. I'm not saying you have to go in great detail, I'm just saying a little friendly, sure, yes, this is why, can and DOES go a LONG way.
This month I have only worked 6 days. 6 seperate clients. I have made more this month than I would in a 6 month period working a full time (40 hours a week) min wage job. Pretty impressive for only being marketed as word of mouth at the moment. Think of the potential once I start marketing my business next month with the launch of my new web page and re designed facebook fan page and blog page.
It's very poor professionalisim to NOT help another photographer. One day they can be your boss, or your colleague. Think of the bad PR you will get then.