I'm shocked at what passes for professional photography?

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  1. Throckmorton

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    blastingcap said to be creative so I posted my picture!

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    I don't want to hijack this thread talking about my picture, but I like open sky. Without enough sky, I get a claustrophobic feel. I think the horizon is pretty close to the golden ratio location, 60% up from the bottom edge (rule of thirds is an approximation of the golden ratio).

    Since the sea is dark it would have been better to put the joint of the cross above the horizon, but I was standing above it on the stairs going down to the beach.
     
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    I can see how you could interpret it that way but I meant for people in general it is easier to criticize, about anything (not just photography), and that if you feel like you can do better than these so-called pros, feel free to start your own photo studio.
     
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    I think a lot of us think we can do better, but it's difficult to get started. Established photographers have a huge advantage. Skills are almost irrelevant, as shown by these horrible photographers who make a living with it.

    I for one am going to try to get paid anyway. I ordered a Sony A35 and I'm going to pick up an old 70-300mm lens to try to sell surf and other sports photos for a few bucks, but I'm not that optimistic.
     
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  5. Zaap

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    I was thinking the same thing.

    I would bet most of her clients are very happy with the results and don't know/care much about the work being better.

    Maybe some of this "why is someone else a 'pro' photographer' pondering comes down to personality? I'm guessing people with more likeable personalities get just as much if not more work than arrogant people who might take great shots but people can't stand having them at their important events. After all, letting someone photograph you can be pretty personal. Just a speculation.
     
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    That is a good point. She is a reasonably attractive and friendly-looking person with a clean, clutter-free website.

    Furthermore, not all professionals are of the finicky landscape variety. Many amateurs like myself *can* take stellar photos, but we can't consistently nail it under pressure. That's important for time-sensitive events like weddings. No second chances, no taking your time. Gotta be quick and accurate the first time.

    To make an analogy, I'm not that bad of a shot with a pistol and given time to aim and lack of pressure, and as many tries as I wanted, I could hit just about any target. But could I do it under pressure, like during a shooting competition? Not likely.

    That said, there are definitely some bad photographers posing as pro wedding photogs, too, but it's harder to fake.
     
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    Sometimes on this forum you never know. :$
     
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    I like that photo. Sort of reminds me of the style used in the movie 300. But then I am not good at taken photos at all. And, I may like what you guys think is crap, I would probably like what you take pictures of also!

    Below reminds me of most photo snobs, my brother included.

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  9. finbarqs

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    lol haha.. In a way, that's pretty true!
     
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