Im sure many of yall are photographers if your reading this, so im sure you are in atleast one photography group on FaceBook, Tumblr, ect. They are great sources for inspiration, knowledge, insight into all kinds of different styles of photography and editing. I joined one in particular, Photoshop and Lightroom, because I wanted to learn from some of the most talented people in the world. The things they share and how well they explain the processes keeps me a member, but I never share. Actually i have a few times, a few CCs but there is always some “Smart Guy” that has to make overtly obvious comments just to make me feel less of talent than him.
This happens way too often and it begs the question, “Are you trying to make me quit and take up knitting?”
In the group rules it states, “Gentle CC” but some assholes feel it is an invite to rip someones work apart. Making comments about the models after the photographer asks for cc on the edit, making rude comments about the models weight, making comments on photos that are not good but being mean instead of helping them correct their mistakes, or telling them it isnt worth trying to fix at all when their clients were happy with it and they were just sharing what they thought was a successful job. The list goes on and on with the rude crap they say including equipment shaming. In my opinion its not what you shoot with that makes it a great photo, sure having a camera that shoots in RAW is beneficial but not debilitating to the photographers craft. Some photographers do not like sharing the title ‘photographer’ with people who use their phones instead of an actual camera. Like photography has to be one way to make it acceptable. Mobile photography is a real artform. The main word being ART.
Art to me is an extention of ones soul, a piece of them they choose to share, no matter the form. So for someone to bash another person for sharing a peice of themselves, trying to break their confidence, is unacceptable, especially from fellow artists. That is why i consider myself a Creator of Random Visual Awesomeness. I enjoy photographing all things and i shoot with my phone, and with a point and shoot Nikon. I use hdr apps on my phone as well photomatrix on my pc. I believe I bring some magic with my little POS, but im a stay at home mom who doesnt have the extra 900 dollars to buy the camera i really want. Nonetheless, i still share, i still have fans, i still keep trying to better myself, bc im an artists no matter what weapons i weild.
This is the response I gave lastnight to one of said assholes who were being too harsh and discouraging to someone who asked for cc on her background switch edit:
“F.Rodrigue CC doesnt call for bullying someone who is putting themselves out there. This is a site dedicated to growing and sharing Photography that incorporates Photoshop or Lightroom. Telling someone not to post their sh:t here is unnecessary. Where should the “not so perfect” folks (Myself included) share to receive advice to learn from. I mean did you offer a solution, so she could step up her game next time. I wouldn’t want my children to treat another child like that when they are more skilled than them. I consider that aggressive behaviour, which should not be acceptable from grown adults. Not just grown, but an artist. Offer her a suggestion on how to get the focus right or recommend a setting or something. Administrative folks, im sure this is considered off topic and will be erased, but I had to say something. Its like he wants us to quit and take up knitting scarves. If this is acceptable behavior please let me know, because this group may not be where i should turn to for inspiration and knowledge .. I mean yall are all Mister Miagees of photography, we are mearly young grasshoppas👍 … Stepping off my soap box…”
Point to this Post:
encourage dont discourage a fellow photographer. We all start out at “Young Grasshoppa” Level but we sometimes need help to get to be ” Mister Miagee” Status. (reference to karate kid in case some of you are like ” WTF is this chick talking about)
And take the wise words from Thumpers Mom, “If you cant say anything nice, keep that shit to your self.” ok not an actual quote but my interpretation.
FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR OPINION WITH ME, even if its a “Shut the F. up”