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Gee, your camera takes great pictures...

 
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Jul 29, 2013 21:24 |  #76

LV Moose wrote in post #16164493 (external link)
.... It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me my Canon is useless. Without my Canon, I am useless. I must fire my Canon true. I must shoot straighter than the Nikonian who is trying to humiliate me. I must best him before he bests me. I will. My Canon and I know that what counts in photography is not the sensor size we use, the speed of our burst, or the shutter-count we rack up. We know that it is the image that counts. We will nail it.

But aren't there also people who are serious about photography? ;)


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Mar 14, 2014 23:02 as a reply to  @ OhLook's post |  #77

I had the opposite experience today.

Was hanging out in the zoo taking pictures of a new Tawny Frogmouth chick and a lady who was also taking pictures asked if she could see what I got when I said I thought I got a decent shot. I don't normally show people my LCD, actually try not to, but she seemed friendly enough.

Anyway she looks at the shots and just said 'well you have a really nice camera' sort of as in 'your shots are crap, but at least you have a nice camera'.

I don't think she meant it like that, but maybe she did, either way it may be chuckle.


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Mar 14, 2014 23:21 |  #78

I can Share a story of this nature, While on Vacation with my father in Montana His friends came with him and one of them was a Photographer wanna be and he was critiquing everyone's shots He would say Lemmee see it and Ill tell you what your doing wrong.....
he had a TI1 I think So I took some really out of focus shot of the Mountains and asked him how to get them into focus I handed him my 70D and said set it to take pictures correctly.... He said Take it off Manual and put it in Program or AI (Automatic ISO) He had some really Goofy shots. And After the trip in the Airport I told him His shots looks like he needs to Take lessons.... He got real Quiet..


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Mar 14, 2014 23:34 |  #79

LV Moose wrote in post #16164527 (external link)
Oorah!

Oorah, indeed! That was excellent, Moose!


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Mar 15, 2014 20:29 |  #80

Honestly, it really doesn't bother me when people say that 'you must have a great camera'...because I do. And I also realize they are in fact, complimenting me.

As far as gear vs skill, it would be foolish to minimize the impact of great gear. No more than to expect the most skilled Nascar driver to win the next race if we put them in a Yugo.

Gear does play a role. That being said...the best gear in the world in the hands of someone that understands light, composition will always win vs an unskilled person with the same gear.


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Mar 15, 2014 22:32 |  #81

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...As far as gear vs skill, it would be foolish to minimize the impact of great gear. No more than to expect the most skilled Nascar driver to win the next race if we put them in a Yugo...

Great gear for photography can be a pinhole camera, or as one might say, the "Yugo" of cameras. Great photography cannot be measured by a stopwatch.


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Mar 15, 2014 22:49 |  #82

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Great gear for photography can be a pinhole camera, or as one might say, the "Yugo" of cameras. Great photography cannot be measured by a stopwatch.

Well said. I have a really good friend that show an amazing body of work wit ha Holga. She had several large exhibits with the work. It was powerful and that was the perfect tool for the that project and they way the images needed to look for the intent. So that Holga was great gear for what she needed to achieve with that project. I own on of the pieces for that body of work.




  
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Mar 15, 2014 22:51 |  #83

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Oorah, indeed! That was excellent, Moose!

Stand at ease jarheads.




  
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Mar 16, 2014 00:38 |  #84

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Stand at ease jarheads.

Ah, Marines! Those with necks of leather and heads of jar!




  
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Mar 16, 2014 00:41 |  #85

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As far as gear vs skill, it would be foolish to minimize the impact of great gear. No more than to expect the most skilled Nascar driver to win the next race if we put them in a Yugo.

Yugo?! Isn't that what you holler out the window at every light if you're driving one? "Yugo! I'm stuck!"




  
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Nov 11, 2016 11:05 |  #86

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From personal experience, the best and simplest answer is "Thanks."

I take sports shots for the school and club teams to share with fellow parents. Probably every 5th "thank you" makes some comment like this one.

"Those are amazing pics! So fun to see what you capture with your high speed shutter and zoom lens. Thanks so much!"


I'm so tempted to make clever responses that illustrate their misplaced gratitude and ignorance about what it really takes; but they do mean well.

In the end I just say "Thanks, glad you enjoyed them." I'm such a chicken - but it does make for keeping friendships.  :p


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My wife generally posts my shots of family events on Facebook. I get lots of compliments and encouragement. "You're take such nice pictures. You should be a pro." No thanks. I enjoy what I do way too much to ruin it with other folks' expectations. But at least they compliment me, not my gear. (And they don't see the 80-90% of shots I discard before my wife gets to them.)

I was in a local park recently, shooting ducks, squirrels, and scantily dressed... never mind. Anyway, a local TV-news reporter approached me to ask the "Community question of the day". I obliged and we had a nice 3-minute conversation. Afterwards, she asked is she could see my photos. I asked her camera man if I could see today's footage. They both understood. I made the evening news anyway.




  
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Nov 12, 2016 13:05 |  #88

I really think that when the average person says, "Your camera takes good pictures" that is exactly what they mean. Typically they aren't noticing the lighting, composition, DOF, post processing, etc. that are the result of your artistic skill so much as the technical aspects of the photo that result from good glass, a large sensor, fast shutter, good dynamic range, etc. Ask them what they like about the photo and I bet more often than not the response will be, "It's so sharp!".

Anyway, I agree that the best response is, "Thank you, I appreciate that."

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Nov 23, 2016 15:24 |  #89

My mother used to say they looked just like postcards. Technically a little insulting to the creativity angle of my shots, but I knew she meant well and decided to take it as she meant it.


Then I heard remark on someones really crappy picture, by any standard. Looks just like a postcard.

Sooo, she either has a really bad postcard source, or she has no idea what a good picture should look like.


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Nov 24, 2016 08:55 |  #90

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I finally saw the perfect response to the comment, "Gee, your camera takes great pictures".

Thanks to Shoppesatire (external link), (a subblog of The Shoppe - Actions and Designs (external link)) my new response is "Thanks, I taught it everything it knows."


(Best of the batch at Bored Panda (external link))

Actually, I think inserting a little more obnoxious sarcasm would drive home the point more permanently.

Here's a good response.

Say "Thank you. Let me show you how it works!" Then put your camera down on a rock, a table, the floor - wherever you are. Then stand over it and stare at it for a while. Then say "Well, gee. I guess the camera doesn't take pictures by itself. Funny that! I guess it needs someone to operate it and create the pictures."

Then grab your camera and walk away. Unless the person is completely dense, they'll get it.


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