I ought to precede this piece with the disclaimer that it is meant as “photographer humour” and must be taken as tongue-in-cheek. That said, my tongue is so furiously pressed against the inside of my cheek I’ve developed ulcers.
You see, it’s usually an innocuous comment from a well-meaning aunt or relative. Well, I say well-meaning, but there’s a sense in which the innocence in her comments is merely a thin veil to cover something more barbed. From whichever source and whatever the motive, upon enjoying a photograph you have created a comment comes in one of two forms; the first is a dagger straight to the face: “You must have a good camera!” The second is a fluffier alternative; like a purring cat waiting for you to tickle her belly so she can promptly remove your eyes: “Which camera do you use?”
Why is this a pet peeve of us photographers, both hobbyist and professional alike? Well, the story can have a plethora of beginnings, but allow me to tell the more obvious three of which I have direct experience… [Continue reading on Fstoppers]