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    of course it makes me a photographer! if not buy for what? zzz

    cos if i'm a photographer, i can finally get to talk to girls and impress them with my big, long lens. then i can tell them this lens is the latest has VR IS USM EF-S DX IF HMC technology and costs $5000! then they will be so impressed that they will want to hold my big long lens..then i can ask them for their msn/email, then chat online...cos if not i no friends leh.

    oh no! now the girls starting to ignore me already...i think time to buy a new lens.. where cheap to buy har?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antacid View Post
    of course it makes me a photographer! if not buy for what? zzz

    cos if i'm a photographer, i can finally get to talk to girls and impress them with my big, long lens. then i can tell them this lens is the latest has VR IS USM EF-S DX IF HMC technology and costs $5000! then they will be so impressed that they will want to hold my big long lens..then i can ask them for their msn/email, then chat online...cos if not i no friends leh.

    oh no! now the girls starting to ignore me already...i think time to buy a new lens.. where cheap to buy har?

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    LOL, so its time to get the Sigma 200-500 f2.8 then? Like that sure have a lot of friends one

    Back to the qn, nope, holding SLR doesn't really make one a photographer (although technically you are one ), I've been called 'camera man'/GWC (those less charitable 'friends') at times , really makes you wonder what you are really
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapier84 View Post
    LOL, so its time to get the Sigma 200-500 f2.8 then? Like that sure have a lot of friends one

    Back to the qn, nope, holding SLR doesn't really make one a photographer (although technically you are one ), I've been called 'camera man'/GWC (those less charitable 'friends') at times , really makes you wonder what you are really
    well of coz it analogous to say that anybody who belts out songs via karaoke is a singer. and we all know they're not.
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    >If owning only a DSLR makes you a photographer... I don't know what do you make of Ansel Adams, Steve McCurry etc...

    Hur? Is the photographer tag so exclusive? Geez, wow this is new..

    >A photographer is a person who takes a photograph using a camera. A professional photographer uses photography to make a living.

    Of course!
    You drive a car, you're a driver, you paint, you're an artist, but that says nothing your skill. That should be same for all who takes photos with a camera, be it pns, DSLR, medium format...They're ALL photographers!

    Not so sure abt camera phone though, for now. But that may change in near future...lol
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    owning a photograph makes me a photographer

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    There will always be wannabes who are always on the look out for acknowledgment of any sort as to their status. Whether they seek for recognition or they proclaim themselves to be, end of the day its self esteem and confidence of one self. Usually empty vessels sound the loudest !

    If u know who you are and what you are capable of, then ... "let your pictures do the talking" regardless of whether you are labeled a photographer or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapier84 View Post
    LOL, so its time to get the Sigma 200-500 f2.8 then? Like that sure have a lot of friends one

    Back to the qn, nope, holding SLR doesn't really make one a photographer (although technically you are one ), I've been called 'camera man'/GWC (those less charitable 'friends') at times , really makes you wonder what you are really
    everytime someone faces me and calls "camera man! help us take photo!!", i'll turn around and pretend to see who they're calling, and then continue on my work..

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    Owning a SLR per se does not make you a photographer, but if you use the SLR to take photographs, then you can be termed a photographer. I echo Dream Merchant's views on this topic.

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    owning a car makes me a driver

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    ehhh... got a lot of unkers out there own many cars but is not driver lehs...
    sigh.

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    wah this topic again.

    does owning a knife makes you a killer?

    I would think photographer is someone who paints with light. be he/she a good or lousy photography, as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
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    I can buy a stethoscope and be a doctor already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar View Post
    everytime someone faces me and calls "camera man! help us take photo!!", i'll turn around and pretend to see who they're calling, and then continue on my work..
    hahahah!
    I LOVE this!
    the camera man title is too humiliating for a photographer!
    i am not a pro, nor i can condiser myself as a photographer,
    i am just someone who are into nice photograph.
    dun ask me to define NICE.. it is all about personal prefernce.
    The thing that i fear the most, is that my pictures will bore you to death...

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    just because I have the keys to an Enzo Ferrari, does not automatically make me an elite driver. I am still a driver of the car per se, but one can't juxtapose that to being a Formula 1 driver.

    same thing with photography/photographers. any Tom/Dick/Harry/Jane/Sally with a device capable of capturing light into a still image is considered a photographer. whether he's any good, is another matter altogether.

    that being said, I like how people say that they're into photography, when all they do is just take pictures of themselves in front of the mirror. I guess you have to start somewhere, no?
    chicken fight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terryansimon View Post
    that being said, I like how people say that they're into photography, when all they do is just take pictures of themselves in front of the mirror. I guess you have to start somewhere, no?
    hahahah, cam-whoring...wonder how or why that term came about...
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    to me: not really then

    i am just someone who like to take photo that all!!
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    Sure you can, but you can be sure you will not have much business, and may even run foul of the law in certain countries.

    Quote Originally Posted by GDSNP View Post
    I can buy a stethoscope and be a doctor already.

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    Does owning a pen make me a herder of sheep
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmonsoon View Post
    >If owning only a DSLR makes you a photographer... I don't know what do you make of Ansel Adams, Steve McCurry etc...

    Hur? Is the photographer tag so exclusive? Geez, wow this is new..

    >A photographer is a person who takes a photograph using a camera. A professional photographer uses photography to make a living.

    Of course!
    You drive a car, you're a driver, you paint, you're an artist, but that says nothing your skill. That should be same for all who takes photos with a camera, be it pns, DSLR, medium format...They're ALL photographers!

    Not so sure abt camera phone though, for now. But that may change in near future...lol
    Lol... I put their names down because they didn't use DSLRs to photograph before... What about the large format cameras and even medium format cameras? What about the old film cameras? I used their names because they are the people who have made provocative pictures, that's what made them famous... if I mentioned say... myself, would you take notice? I doubt so... haha...

    I was trying to make a point that it's not the machine which defines who you are, but rather the person operating that machine that truly makes the person what they intend to be.

    I think a photographer is a person who tries to convey their experiences or emotions through a photograph.
    The equipment can only bring you so far - the rest of the photographic journey is done by you.

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    Actually, its both the machine and the person. To have one without the other will not work.

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