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What Makes You A Photographer?

May 14, 2010 by Galvin Tan in Daily Rants, Photography with 9 Comments




What really amazes me is the increasing trend of teenagers carrying/owning a DLSR camera. Gone were the days when SLR cameras are for the member of the photography elites and usually cost at least 3 months of your paycheck.

Just a decade ago, Nikon and Canon are the epitome of all camera brands and owning one of them would consider you to be with the likes of Alfred Eisenstaedt and Steve McCurry. But with DSLR camera being more affordable and accessible to the public, EVERYONE owns at least one of them.

I’ve been a Canon fan since I had my first EOS 500. Back then, photography is a very expensive hobby. As a student, one can easily spend up to a hundred ringgit a week (Yes, a hundred ringgit is a lot of money for a student back then). At some point of my life, I’ve even consider quitting photography until I had my first DLSR. Even so, I’ve never see myself being a professional photographer.

So, what makes you a photographer?

Is he/she someone who takes photo for a news agency? Or is he/she someone who owns a studio with all the fancy studio lightings? Perhaps it’s the camera and the abundance of camera gears packed is his/her camera bag?

Now anyone with a DSLR camera can take ‘professional-like’ photographs too. With the right photoshop skill, any photo can become a masterpiece.

So tell me, how can one be considered a photographer?

I hate to say this but owning a DLSR camera does not automatically qualify you as a photographer. It only makes you a camera owner. *smiles*



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Mannie2many
Mannie2many

Seeing the beauty of everything and capturing it on a camera, and seeing it the way it was...thats what i think a photographer is :]

galvin
galvin

Shame on them indeed.

@KY: Well said!

galvin
galvin

Shame on them indeed.

@KY: Well said!

KY
KY

many people can be photographers, but few are artists who express themselves with a camera

KY
KY

many people can be photographers, but few are artists who express themselves with a camera

KY
KY

many people can be photographers, but few are artists who express themselves with a camera

Glo-w
Glo-w

Agreed! I've met ppl with huge DSLRs but no skills yet they call themselves photographers. Shame on them.

Glo-w
Glo-w

Agreed! I've met ppl with huge DSLRs but no skills yet they call themselves photographers. Shame on them.

Glo-w
Glo-w

Agreed! I've met ppl with huge DSLRs but no skills yet they call themselves photographers. Shame on them.

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