I would just like to highlight a situation I encountered today.
If you have friends in NUS, you would know that this week is the Commencement Ceremony and will last till next tuesday if I'm not mistaken.
So I was there today helping my friends take some casual shots - the usual group shots and throwing mortarboard shots.
Then there was this photography company who had a booth there and was sort of the official photographers of the ceremony. They were shooting there and after shooting they will hand you a ticket where you can go to their booth to buy the photos. I had a pleasant experience with their photographers yesterday, but today I met one whose attitude kinda pissed me off. I shan't name the company but their company color is orange and they are the only company stationed in the ceremony.
So one of the photographers gathered my friends to a location just outside of the hall and started shooting them, so after he finished his shots and left, I just casually told my friends that my shots are for free, and started shooting.
After shooting he came up to me privately and without even looking at any of my shots, he just said, "Your flash is too weak, your shots surely too dark" and walked off into the crowd before I had time to respond to him. I was like WTF was that supposed to mean?
He was probably using a 5DMkII, but I'm not sure because I'm neither a Canon or Nikon user, but having expensive equipment doesnt give him the right to criticise people like that. And for the record, my shots were well exposed. And my equipment isn't that lousy to begin with. Maybe he was just prejudiced against non-canon/nikon DSLRs.
Maybe he was peeved that I was "stealing" his business, but WTF these people graduating are my closest friends!
Too bad I didn't get that guy's name, the other photographers were pretty friendly.
If you are that photographer, please wake up your idea and demonstrate some professionalism. I don't ever believe in such criticism. Even I, as a hobbyist (I wont call myself a photographer), will never shoot people down like this no matter what camera they are using. If you want to criticise, please exercise constructive criticism, FOOL.