I'm often annoyed by one little thing. I have a dSLR camera and I love to take photos. As a matter of fact, it's my passion. It's also a dream of my mine to have my own thriving business full-time doing this thing that I love.
I've spent many years reading and learning and trying to take better photographs. I practice different exposures, lighting, composition, subjects--you name it! Am I the best? No way! I have so much to learn and look for inspiration daily. There are so many photographers out there that are my muses.
This being said, there is still one giant pet peeve that I have.
"What a great photo! What kind of camera do you use?"
I found a blog that had a great list including the top 10 annoying things to say to a wildlife photographer.
The #1 thing...
1. Wow, you must have a really nice camera!
Yeah, and that painter must have had a really great easel. Seriously, a nice camera? Are you referring to my new K-Tel Autocapture 3000 that not only takes care of all of those confusing exposure calculations, won’t let me make an image that isn’t optimally composed and automatically chooses the perfect instant to make a photograph? Sure, quality tools will help produce a quality photograph. But until the Autocapture 3000 actually ships, it is still the photographer who makes decisions on exposure, subject, setting, timing, and composition.
I have this argument all the time with those that know me really well. And I have comebacks like, yes, and that guitar plays really good melodies. Or, hey, give me your pencil! I can sketch like you can, Picasso!
Now, I'm not saying I'm the greatest, but, have a little respect for the person BEHIND the camera. You know, the person actually composing this photograph. It isn't the camera doing all the work. I bet you I can hand off my camera to some of these people and give them the same subject and we will turn out very different images. This is not dissimilar to writing a poem or even a novel. We are all different and have our own talents. Don't downplay the photographer by trying to pretend it was the camera that did all the work.