Very interesting discussion!
Does owning a camera make you a photographer? Does being a photographer mean you need to have the skills and resources to efficiently document others lives? What is the true definition of a photographer?
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- So, does the whole argument boil down to whether or not one considers himself an artist or not? If a photographer TAKES photos (which is the literal meaning I know), and an artist CREATES images then who determines which category you fall into? I work full-time at a small college where I am the resident picture guy. I shoot everything from sports, to classes, to products, to portraits. But, I do an occasional wedding, family photo shoot and senior portrait now and again. The college photos are being TAKEN to capture the moment, but the portrait work is being CREATED to record memories. Which arena would qualify one as a photographer?Aug 31, 2011
- , yes, Ansel Adams made some images that are breath taking. In my humble opinion, he is a photographer and artist.
, we can eat up lots of bandwidth discussing when does a picture/photograph becomes art, and I don't want to go there. I do agree with you that, post processing needs to be done such as cropping, color/brightness adjustments, "light" dodging/burning, but the original premise of this thread isn't about what's done afterwards, it's what posted, and I'll paraphrase his question - hopefully I won't take it out of context too much, "does owning a camera make you a photographer". I think affirms the essence of my comment on 's question.I responded in essence, a person that takes a picture is a photographer, anything beyond that, you're an artist (well, the word "anything" is debatable).Aug 31, 2011
- But a true 'photographer' never crops. At least that was how I was trained and I still hold true to that rule. I like to frame the shot, like I want it, in camera. That's how you learn to see compositions. Makes you THINK about taking the photo before you take it.
But I agree with the fact that because I own pro gear, that fact alone makes me a PRO-photographer! Right? oops :D I think I got that wrong... lol
But you would be surprised how many people think that taking/making great shots, takes a lot of expensive gear.Aug 31, 2011
- Basically I'm on the verge of retiring from I.T. However, mentally I figure that I'm about 21, except when I need to act older, and since I plan on living until I'm 102 (God willing, that is) I try to keep busy so that the time will go by fast and I won't be able to think about how old I really am. Just my way of staying a little on the "wacko" side and just enjoy life as much as I can... :-)Aug 31, 2011
- This will make you laugh (I hope) cause otherwise I do NOT consider you a photographer!
http://blog.gemstoneimages.com/2011/04/12/critiquing-the-masters/Aug 31, 2011
- Hahaha that link is fantastic...Sep 1, 2011