ok, seriously. who is that little twat in the "photography rant" you reblogged? and she's what, 22 at the most? the funniest part is she's there in the photo pit doing exactly the shit she's bitching about but she's a ~*real*~ photographer because SHE HAS PASSION. what a self important, arrogant little idiot.
Yeah that’s what was funny to me about it. I know I’ve bitched about it in the past because people will even use their camera phones, but I at least know that I’m not better than them just because i have a passion for it or because I have a bigger camera. If this was someone who actually gets paid to do this then alright.
Just because you have a nice camera and know how to push the shutter button, that doesn’t make you a photographer. Just because you can capture an image of a squirrel running up a tree and you can make it black & white and have grain on photoshop, that doesn’t make you a photographer. Just because you can somehow get a photo-pass to a concert (some managers/publicists are a lot more lenient), that doesn’t make you a (band) photographer. Everything takes practice. You can’t just assume because you’re getting a DSLR that you’re a photographer. Just like you most likely wouldn’t tell somebody in a band that you’re a guitarist if you’ve taken lessons for 5 months, you’d be like “because of you I started taking guitar lessons! I want to be just like you when I’m older.” You shouldn’t tell somebody who does photography seriously, or is planning on doing it seriously how you’re mom/dad is getting you a DSLR for your birthday so you’re planning on shooting shows and making a website to get photo-passes. Like seriously, the photo-pit is clogged up with shitty photographers already. Practice on small shows first, practice on taking photos indoors without flash first, practice taking pictures of your friends and family first. Then when you know you love it, move on to bigger and better things. Don’t just decide that you can start from the top. Most of us who can get passes to basically any show started small too, or else the bands were just A LOT smaller when we started out. I don’t want to be a band photographer when I grow up. I want to be a photographer who makes money taking photos. This is my passion, this is not a hobby for me, it is my passion and I can’t see myself without a camera anytime in the future.
tl;dr: Everybody wants to be a fucking photographer. Being a photographer isn’t a fucking easy thing to just decide one day you’re going to be. You have to be passionate about something that will most likely only keep a roof over your head, and a shitty one at that. HAVING A NICE CAMERA DOESN’T MEAN YOU KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY. BEING ABLE TO GET A PHOTO-PASS AT A CONCERT DOESN’T MAKE YOU ESTABLISHED.