Famous Photographer Lottery

Famous Photographer Lottery
People buy very large and expensive cameras.

Like buying a lottery ticket, when there is only a one in 10 million chance of winning.

Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Monday, February 11, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---

I enjoy learning about photography, I enjoy learning. I keep searching for teachers. I search for experts to learn from or even copy their techniques.

I was sitting in front of the hotel with Andrew Boy Genius from India; we see this fat man and women sit down at the restaurant across the lane. He plops this huge camera on the table, must weigh as much as chicken with that extra large size battery and lens.

Andrew said,
- Why do people buy these cameras? -

I have been musing, mulling this question around in my brain for years now, and I truly cannot see a clear path to why. I finally said,
- I think they want to be a famous photographer. -
- They hope they will take that one photo that will make them famous. -

Andrew said,
- They think the camera will take the photo. -

I read often on site where a person says they are a,
- Photographer. -

I said,
- I guess everyone is a photographer, because they take photos. -

The power of fame is interesting, it is amazing to me that a person can write mean and nasty emails because I do not put my photo on pages.

Giving a person the opportunity to become famous makes many web sites famous. I have never been on facebook.com, because they want me to sign up to use. I think it is analogous to a very nice phonebook or yellow pages to promote yourself.

I was reading a page explaining the Google.com Philosophy.

The first point was:

1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.

Google is a search site, so they give good search, but they also allow every site to get into their search engine. Yahoo.com is on the way out of business because they refused to allow the users to enter.

Facebook.com opened up to allow anyone to be a face, and I guess enter the lottery. (Note, I really do not know anything about this site and do not plan to learn.)

I share how I travel, and how I succeed as one theme to focus on users. I feel the best way to learn to take photos is to find how great photographers take photos, and focus on their skills more than their camera.

I have learned, it is not possible to find a professional photographer by looking at their camera. I am still searching for professionals, and slowly I am creating some interview questions.

Famous Photographer Lottery


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I had a friend who was an absolutely amazing photographer. I mean, she was good. She just used a regular $30 point and shoot camera without any zoom or any special features. A little kid camera, if you will. I asked her about this and she told me that her photography professor once told her that if she wanted to be a good photographer that she should just use a point and shoot camera. Because if she did this, she would have to position HERSELF in a position to take a good photo, and not rely on the camera. She would have to be bold and step right out and into the face of what she was photographing. You can not take a good photo with a 35mm camera if you are hiding. You can not even take a good photo with any camera if you are hiding. This is what the girl did. She was bold, and she would just walk up to anyone in the street and tell them that whe was going to photograph them . . and they would pose happily for her to take the photo. I am sure that it helped her cause that she was very beautiful, blond, had very large and well shaped breast, and a very direct and attractive personality. But, humor aside, I think the lesson still stands that it is the photographer and not the camera that makes for a good photograph.


Wade: I think that you are absolutely right in all regards. But if you feel like getting the most out of your images, if you want that picture perfect clarity, then buying a good camera will help you make the picture look clearer, larger, and whatever. The camera doesn't always make you a better photographer... It's that nowadays there's photoshop, and people edit the crap out of their photos, and they aren't real photographers, they are editors. The digital photography revolution has made people become "photographers" in a sense that if their picture looks bad, a crop here, and an intense adjustment there, and that's it, you've got yourself a nice picture. This is why we should have more respect for those film photographers, who don't usually get the chance to edit their photography all sorts of fancy ways with photo editing tools. Not to shoot all digital photographers down, because there are a seldom few, who don't do any different editing than you can do in a darkroom with photo editing tools.


Marina you said,
"This is why we should have more respect for those film photographers"

This was an excellent concept.

I take many photo and have only doctored a few of them. I feel the great enjoyment of taking photos is to shoot them. I mean "Shoot them" like shooting and animal. If I shoot them great than I am good predator.

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