The thread starter Deadpoet made it obvious that his intention was not to annoy or offend the professionals in the trade.Originally Posted by jopel
Similarly, I want to make this clear that this is not intended to deliberately or directly insult the professionals, or even the freelancers, or amateurs or newbies or any person of average IQ. However, you may find this very
In Melbourne, I know of an Aussie man who is a freelance event photographer. He gets work not very often, but good enough for me to see him walk into the photo lab where I work at roughly 1-3 times per month to develop his films. While his shots are not aesthetically fantastic like National Geographic or some press, they are technically passable... meaning exposure is not severely flawed (or beyond rescue on Fuji Frontier machine) and focus is not hopelessly off.
I believe all of his gear are 2nd hand. He uses Canon EOS 50E, and recently upgraded to a EOS 1. I have seen him using Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Sigma 15-30mm lens, and I suspect he has a tele zoom. He uses a Sunpak tower flash and a Sunpak hotshoe-mounted flash, both fairly powerful, enough to mount a softbox.
Here's the insulting bit. This man is on a mental disability pension! (Ehh... you didn't get that? Those words too dense?) He has lower than average IQ. He is a mental patient. He still sees a psychiatrist regularly.
Guess what? He doesn't even know what exposure compensation is! He's got difficulty resetting his exposure compensation dial on the EOS 1 back to zero after accidentally turning the dial.
Ouch! That hurts doesn't it? As I already said in my earlier post, doing event photography is not really that difficult. It's nearly a no-brainer.
Don't flame me. I'm only sharing my true encounter. And the truth hurts.