7th September 2003, 02:03 AM
I believe everybody dream to own a DSLR. But no point having 1 without knowing how to make use of it. For me personally, I understand the limitation of my current prosumer camera. Thats why I want to buy DSLR, not because I can buy one. But still I need to save for few months to get DSLR and some nice lens. Anyway dont be jealous with others, let them play with their toys.
7th September 2003, 02:14 AM
It not so much about the equipment which makes a good picture. Though I can't deny the fact that in commercialism, you will need high, sharp quality images most of the time. But this is because they need the technical quality for reproduction purposes.
I think many people have a wrong perception to what quality is all about. There are 2 sets of quality standards. one is the techincal quality for production purposes, and another standard of quality is the artistic quality of the image. Technical quality can be acheive easily as long as you have the equipments knowledge and infrastructure. However, artistic quality is about the person's sensitivity, asthetics and flair.
7th September 2003, 02:21 AM
Camera+Man without photos to show=cameraman
Camera+Man with photos to show=photographer
7th September 2003, 03:13 AM
erm...... i think the word professional photographer means his/her photography works earn him/her enough money to feed himself/herself without him having to take up another job.
just like a professional soccer player is someone who earns enough money to feed himself without having to work a second job.
no comments on the looking down part...... :-)
i am a film SLR shooter too......
carry a digital PNS camera......
7th September 2003, 09:28 AM
7th September 2003, 02:03 PM
Everybody sees things differently. Iím not trying to impose my personal views on others, but why do people think that good gear are to be owned by good photographers? Iíve never associated the gear people carry with their skill levels. Itís like thinking that people who own BMWs are very good drivers? I think not. When I see a BMW, I think ĎThatís a very nice car.í I donít go ĎHe/She must be a very good driver to be able to drive that.í Itís still a car; you drive it like any other.
What is ĎActing Proí anyway? Howís a Pro supposed to act? I know some Pros who think that they are the final authority in photography and some people who just discovered the beauty of photography and are willing to spend more on good gear so their creativity are not hindered.
I do not think people who use DSLR looks down on people still using SLR. Maybe they just donít understand why some people are still using them now. When people ask me, I show them my slides. Come to think of it, whatís there to look down on? Using a film based SLR is more costly in the long run and the fact that you will only discovered that you screwed up the shots when you get them back makes it altogether more difficult.
7th September 2003, 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by hanoman
Sadly, no matter how much we try to explain, there will still be people who thinks that they are professionals as long as they have the equipments and basic knowledge to use it. They can even make it into a full time business. Could we consider that professionals? The problem is that they compete in terms of price and quantity and volume sale. And at the end of the day, they don't make money from 'proffesional' fees but volume sale. Just like fast food restaurants.
But are we wrong to critcise them? There's no wrong or right in our world in the first place. There's no laws to state that this method of working is wrong or right. And as a matter of fact, these photographers still produce 'adequate' quality of work which still has the appeal to masses.
I don't not know if this only happens in Asia. But I guess in europe, people are more quality concious. I think it's got to do with their pride and arrogance. Apart from that, they don't sell themselves cheap. i.e fashion brands. On our side, we compete in terms of pricing, but placing less emphasis on quality and experimentation. Perhaps, that is why we are always unsure of ourselves. We never dare to say, this work is good or bad because we never really been on the extreme. Thus alot of local professional or artists suffer because of this. One fine example is perhaps our famous stephanie sun whom only gain regconition after she got famous from overseas.