A lot has been said about fauxtographers
In fact whole websites have been devoted to putting down want-to-be photographers.
Momarazzis, a play on the word paparazzi, is another term that has been used a lot too.
A post I wrote asking pros and amateurs photographers to call for a truce on Rising Black Star a while back showed me this labeling and making denigrating remarks about other photographers is an exercise in frivolity.
In the film days, having darkroom experience might have been a criteria to separate the want-to-be from the ones who are not as serious about their photography.
That is not to say that all hobbyists shooting film back then don’t know how to work in darkrooms.
I exposed miles and miles of transparency film before I went to school to formally learn how to develop film, work in the darkroom and learn how to use lighting in photography.
Mind you, the formal degree in photography doesn’t even make you a photographer.
Remember, everyone has to start somewhere. Continue reading Pretender or real, thanks to technology, we’re all photographers
If you photograph people, it’s a good idea to get in front of the camera every so often.
I didn’t always realize this until I started teaching.
I don’t consider myself vain or the sort who spends hours preening in front of the mirror.
In fact I’ve been known to spot a flat-top when I don’t want to bother about running a comb through my hair.
Continue reading Getting in front of the camera
While cleaning up the other day I came across my old TLR camera– a Yashica Mat 124G.–a Twin Lens Reflex camera.
I also found a roll of 120mm BW film.
It had been sitting around in a drawer a good ten years, by my best guess, so it is way past its expiration date.
I will develop it in a week or two when the darkrooms open up during the winter session since BW film is notorious for having a good shelf life if it hasn’t been subjected to extreme temperatures.
Shiva and Tempe naturally found the camera interesting especially when they peered into the waist-level finder. Continue reading It’s not about how many exposure you can make
Lately I’ve been asking myself how important a formal photography education is.
According to photographer Tony Blei, the degree gives you credibility, and offers you an opportunity to network.
My guest speaker Rick Sforza said a formal education in photography places you in an environment which fosters collaboration betweenÂ like-minded individuals .
Clearly both of them believe some sort of education is important.
I’m in agreement with them but the problem Â is often the photography curriculum in the schools. Continue reading Self confidence in your photo skills will trump a photo degree