PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE CRAFTSMEN
It is so sad that these days the term 'photographer' is viewed in a skeptical fashion. Too many "I capture your moments" tagline. Too many gear porn addicts. Too much profile picture of covering the face while squinting an eye with the camera's brand. Too much faded vintage look with blown highlights. Too much of a number game of followers and likes. Too much Facebook comment noise. Too much Instagram pollution. Yes, I get it. You can press a button. Yes, I get it. You can apply a preset. Yes, I get it. You spray and fucking pray all day. Yes, I get it. You pose next to your lens or a vintage camera that you bought on Ebay. I get the "look at me, I'm a cool photographer, now someone please validate my life with a like or a follow". I get all your noise. But where is the signal? But where is your body of work?
Maybe it's time for you to learn what the hell that little black box of yours does for a change? Maybe try out new lighting techniques? Maybe, just maybe, practice the craft of photography and not be distracted with the unnecessary things attached to the craft. In all other words, maybe it's time for you to finally stop performing like a photographer and actually BE ONE! Photographers are craftsmen. A good craftsman can produce a piece of art regardless the tools at his disposal.
Photography is all about creatively shaping and molding light. Repeat it. Photography is all about light. Once more. Photography is all about light. The camera is simply a tool to express your creativity. For lack of a better term, the whole megapixel and brand wars is equal to measuring and comparing your dick size to whomever. You got one right? It functions right? Then focus on using it properly than bragging about it! Drops mic. Open Letter by Swizzy and Jay-Z starts to play.