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Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA
7 Responses
  1. Photoshop Tim

    Ha! I can’t even tell u how many times this has happened to me. people saying things like “oh, you are using aperture mode, my friend only shoots manual and he’s a real photographer.” What does that even mean? I mean, aperture and shutter modes are there for a real purpose, manual mode is not always the best or fastest shooting mode to be in, nor does it mean you are a “better” phototog for using it.

    Great post, nice to know i am not alone here.

  2. Sylive

    I think sometimes people feel that by giving you their opinion, they are trying to help you. While their intentions may be good, if you are not looking for help it may not be welcome.

  3. Great response to a troubling question Dave. The only thing I might have added… Oops! LOL! Very well put my friend. There are times when we let people, whether experienced or not, affect the way we feel about what we are striving to do. You have given us a great perspective in how to deal with such instances.

  4. Bartek

    Stay positive even when you’re shooting flash directly info artist’s face on a non-flash concert. Enter the stage and disturb the band, you are the media and are entitled to with your DSLR and kit lens. So many times I’ve been info such situations and guess what: never hesitated to actually tell people politely that they’re doing in wrong. Does it make me a “naysayer”? My advice would be simple: stay humble. Do not waste your time arguing with so-called pros, learn from the ones just trying to help you. Even if the latter may be embarassing sometimes or make you feel so small.

    1. Thanks for the comment @Baretk. I think we are talking about two completely different topics though.

      Inconsiderate people (including the type of photographer you mentioned) should be put in their place, or better yet, leave society all together. I have absolutely ZERO tolerance for people who are ignorant of their inconsideration of others, so no, that doesn’t make you a naysayer for pointing out their selfishness.

      I do have a big problem with people who feel the need to belittle someone else who is minding their own business though. Especially the jerks who feel they need to tell a new photographer that their gear isn’t good enough, or that they should learn another craft because the industry “is so competitive,” etc… People have absolutely no business pushing their opinions on others, just as photographers have no business getting in the way of others as you described.

      If someone approached me on a shoot and made a negative remark, I’d reply as I suggested in my post. However, if they approached me and said “Could I offer you a suggestion?” I’d be listening intently 🙂

  5. Great points of view. I have seen pro wedding photographers go after newbies trying to break into the business. I agree everyone starts somewhere, even myself. I try to help new photogs with a smile.

  6. darrask

    Hi Dave,
    All that is well said… why don’t you publish on dpreview forums?

    Everytime I have a look at the most discussed topics of this “venerable” greatest photographers community forum, I am wondering…

    Why do so many idiots (sorry Dave) Why do so many people just spend their time on this forum to wage a war against other photographers, putting down their gear, their style of photography, and every single sentence that does not fully fit their personal view of things? I read so many insidious and cynical posts, that led me to think: Are so many people just bad?
    Just who they think they are, all-knowing gods who are the only ones entitled to make good photographs? What is the result of that, is it productive, is it satisfying, do they sell their photos better afterwards or what?

    There is so much arrogance, it is simply off-putting. I wonder why so many people don’t understand the simple fact that art is not an exact science, and that aesthetism and beauty are a PERSONAL thing, that depends on your background and your personal taste.

    Owning a pro camera and knowing all about the technical stuff does not mean that you are the only one who makes food photos. Even being an art professional or selling lots of photos does not give you the right to decrete what is beautiful and what isn’t, simply because that it is RELATIVE.

    It’s a big step from saying: “This picture is bad” and saying “It’s not my taste, I personnally don’t like it”.

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