NavyShrink wrote in post #14300581
No, it was another post I saw...but this is certainly in the same vein.
Prob some of the stuff I said. You should hear me talk about my own work.
I really never criticize any photography. After all, a crappy shot can be really cool if it there's a bit of science or technological trickery at play. It's like the novelty of stringing two tin cans together and talking to your kids through them. Does the audio quality suck? Well sure, but for what it is, it's really awesome!
Where these people are opening themselves up for criticism is where they call it "fine art" or place it in a gallery making it a representation of themselves as professionals providing a service to the public... and as we all know fine art is a matter of personal taste. Most times, people either love it or hate it. It's just the nature of the business - so if you're going to do "artistic" shots that are supposed to convey feeling, emotion, or a message then you'd better go ahead and expect it to be criticized harshly and often. Just how it goes. What makes it worthwhile are those who like it. If someone tells me my artsy stuff is crap I ask "why?" Not to argue, but to see if from their point of view. I'll either disagree and chalk it up to personal differences in taste, or see what they're saying, agree with them, and better myself for it.
What makes this criticism okay is the fact that these people are offering these levels of photography as a service and calling it professional. For money... Notice we're not going around just everywhere pulling "bad photos" off people's wall feeds. This is no different than reviewing a bad product on Amazon and saying "horrible product! cheap and does not function as expected!" Now no one says "awww.. poor product engineer.. stop hurting his feelings!!.." See where I'm going with this? Anyone doing this professionally or even thinking about it sure better learn to separate themselves from their work. If someone can't, then they'd best keep it a hobby because it will ruin it for them for sure.
I see a lot of this actually, and it probably is what's driving this thread a bit. Anyone mad at all the green box soccer moms out there starting to sell their snapshots and competing with the rest of us has already lost half the battle. Those of you that applies to please stop: you're fighting mad and the number one rule of fighting is "If you get mad, you will lose." That's why boxers will talk trash before fights. They try to make it personal so the other person will get mad. When you get mad your vision tunnels and your lose the ability to analyze your current situation and make clear decisions. That said, I think this thread is a healthy "venting" session and oasis for those struggling in the business due to heavy lackluster competition. Especially for those who only find out they got underbid without seeing the results. If they can remember this thread and say "this is what they're going to get instead of the quality I offer" then it's been of value.
Of course, this is just how I feel about it. You can call me mean and cruel and I'll hear honest and consistent. Won't hurt my feelings in the least. I'm of the camp that would like to see things a LOT less politically correct. Please, flame away. It makes us all better. We see what smiling and saying "oh you're so talented!" gets us: Those first few weeks of American Idol where all those thousands of horrible singers can't understand why they weren't selected. Are you really happy with the world that creates? Grown men in their 20s crying like babies when they encounter real honesty? I cry for them too. God knows how much energy they've wasted pursuing something because their mamas told them they were great when they could have been finding their true calling. That is the real tragedy of the situation.
Yes, I have severe Equipment Deficiency. No, the pills don't fix it.