Saturday, March 24, 2007

A little vent this morning...

OK, I know I am not the greatest photographer in the world. I have many photographers whose work I admire, and I strive to learn from. I respect them. I have never been jealous of another photographer's work. I only try to figure out how to achieve similar results in my own work.

So I get really ticked off when a newbie asks for advice, and then tells me I'm rude, disrespectful, and jealous when I give her the advice she asked for! If all you want is Attaboys, then don't ask for anything else. Don't ask for advice or constructive criticism. Because you know what? People might actually give it to you!

OK, vent over. Time to go shopping!

7 comments:

Tania (2peas) said...

Don't let it get to you, you are a great photographer and your advice is valued by many. Enjoy shopping!

Ellen said...

Ugh, that sounds like a crappy situation. Don't let it get to you though, the people who can't take good advice will never get anywhere. Hope you enjoyed shopping, I love a good pity shop :)

Renee said...

Hey! I just found your blog...

Did you have fun shopping?

Sherry B said...

Rant Away! That's one of the good things about blogging!! :)

In my experience, I think some people just want to take the "easy way out" by asking "a photographer" and when there is no easy answer...they get irritated at you.
Although I don't mind helping people, some things they really must learn on their own (either you can't teach it or it wouldn't help if you did).

Me said...

I have to say I love your work. I was ready to join that forum because i would love to learn from people like you but after seeing that thread and a few others decided to stay clear of it. You gave great advice and your work can back up that you have the knowledge to give it!

Donna said...

Isn't shopping the best cure-all? I give you a lot of credit for helping new photographers! I was just at WPPI in Vegas this week and a photographer I truly admire pointed out that the success of his business is helping others who want to share his passion for photography. So keep doing it for those who truly want it!

Danna said...

this is pretty common with new photographers who are used to their families singing their praises. Often people ask for cc only becasue they want to hear how wonderful they are. You would have been doing this photographer and our industry a huge disservice by not being honest. Don't worry about these kinds of things. In my experience only those who take cc and learn from it improve, while those who get offended tend to never really improve enough to stand out in the crowd. :-)