Recently I read a blog post by Anthony Mrvica about 3 Stupidly Simple Reasons Why Most People’s Photography Does Not Improve. The three things are:
1) You don’t take your camera with you
2) You are going to fast
3) You are worried about what people will think
I will admit that I am guilty of all three of these. Although maybe not as much as I was a year ago.
I now rarely go anywhere that I don’t have my camera bag with me. I haven’t gotten to the point that I carry it where ever I go, but it is usually in the car. I guess I learned that the hard way when I didn’t have it with me a few times and wish I had.
I use to go from place to place without looking around me. Lately I have slowed down, not to the point that I am getting beeped by going to slow. I look around and do see things that would be a great picture.
And that’s when the third thing comes in place. I don’t always stop to take the shot. And it usually is with an underlining feeling of what people will think. The person behind me. The helpful individual who may stop and ask me if everything is alright.
But I am starting to move away from doing these things and breaking the rules.
On the surface the question “What do photographers do?” seems like a dumb question. One that could be asked with the question “Don’t photographers take pictures?”
Yes they do.
But is that all?
Some photographers will spend a lot of time working with the subject, adjusting light, position and making camera adjustments trying to get the perfect picture ‘in the camera’. They do very little post production work with software programs such as Light Room, Photoshop and others.
Other photographers will take a picture and then spend hours with the software program working with the picture until it’s what they think is perfect. Sometimes even to the point that the photograph has little resemblance to what was actually shot.
In short there are all sort of photographers and all pretty much do what they want to do. That is unless they are being taught by a photographer and trying to emulate what that person view as being the right things to do and the right way of doing it. I wonder if this isn’t the old adage ‘those that can do, those that can’t teach’.
Some photographers just want to go out and take pictures of things that they see. Call these the amateur photographers, but I’m sure that may experience and professional photographers do this too. In a way isn’t that what photojournalist or event photographers are doing.
There are those who mostly see themselves as artists. The camera and digital image is just the tool and the beginning of their artistic masterpiece, similar to a painter with a paint brush, paints and a canvas. Some even want to take a series of similar shots.
There are those who say they are taking pictures, while others will tell you they are taking photographs. At times the difference between the two is no more than what they themselves call the final result.
So I think the at short answer to the question is, photographers do what they want to do. They follow the rules that they wish to follow. That is even if they know the rules. And break others.
For me. I like to take pictures at events and activities in a photojournalist style. Although that doesn’t preclude me to wanting to explore others area.
It wasn’t the first wedding that I attended. I’ve been to quite a few over the years.Nor was it the first wedding that I took pictures at, but it was the first wedding that I photographed as the official Photographer. Beth and Brent gave me the opportunity to photograph their wedding on June 8, 2013.
It wasn’t your usual type of wedding. It was a casual affair even during the ceremony. That made it easier since Beth and Brent really only wanted photojournalist types of pictures. That is other than the standard shots of the Bride and Groom and family portraits taken right after the service and before the reception.
Thanks Beth and Brent for allowing me photograph your wedding to and to add these to my portfolio.
One thing I know for sure, as long as I am publishing my Web sites, I will have a job as a photographer.
The Chicago Sun Times has just laid off all of their full time photographers, who I would also term as photojournalist. Apparently they are moving in the direction that their journalist armed with iphone can do both the reporting as well as taking photographs.
Will this work? It may but let me relate a personal experience.
I live in a small county and as one person publish information on what’s happening locally in my area. Most of what I publish deals with upcoming recreational and entertainment activities. However, I do attend events and cover them mostly as a photojournalist. I am often there with the local print reporter who also happen to have a camera to take pictures as needed. Often I have been standing beside her and something happens while she is taking notes and I had the camera up to my eye waiting to take a shot. Shots that I have gotten shots that she missed.
My thoughts are what will really happen is the the Chicago Sun Times will still be paying for photographs taken by photographers. It’ll only be now done via one photograph at a time, instead of having the photographers on the payroll. Some of the photographs may come from their former employees. Others from freelance professional photojournalist. And even other just from people on the scene who happen to have a camera.
Now that everyone is walking around with some type of camera, who doesn’t have a cellphone with a camera in it, the professional photographer has changed and will have to adapt. I don’t think that being a professional photographer is a dying breed, just one that has to think of other ways to market themselves.