Good morning from Esquire Photography HQ everyone! Before I kick off an awesome day of projects in my office, I read this list from one of my colleagues; Skip Cohen who was sharing a list from another colleague; Scott Bourne and I just had to share it with you.
I believe the title is perfect & even though there’s quite a bit of humour in this list – the fact remains, people really think they’re a professional photographer if they have these attributes or behaviours.
So with that said, I give you; “You Might Be A Bad Photographer If:”
1. You think that merely owning a Leica means your images will hang in a museum.
2. You know nothing about and care nothing about your subject.
3. You need to get drunk or stoned before you think making pictures is fun.
4. You think that paying extra for the “PRO” account on Flickr makes you a professional photographer.
5. You spend more time explaining your photographs than you do making them.
6. You think that picking up your camera once a year during a national holiday means you’re avoiding getting rusty.
7. You spend more time on camera forums belittling other people’s photographs than you do trying to figure out how to make your own better.
8. You spend ANY time complaining that your pictures don’t get enough LIKES on Facebook or Flickr.
9. You’re more interested in making photographs that cause the cool kids to promote you on Google+ than you are telling stories with your camera that matter to your subjects.
10. You think that pixel-peeping and measure-beating will cause you to be a successful and famous artist – or – to get that girl you met in college to like you.
11. You’re too tired and hungover at any of the big conventions to make the workshop programs you signed up for, so you spend the day in bed.
12. Your website galleries have way too many images that are no better than what “Uncle Harry” could shoot.
13. You’ve spent too much time talking about your camera gear instead of showing you know how to use it.
14. Your holiday cards were bought at CVS rather than created with your own images.
15. Your portfolio is loaded with images from workshops where you stood right behind the instructor during a hands-on shooting session.
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Not too bad huh! If you have any you’d like to add to this, be sure to add them in the comments below.
Now that you have an idea of the many things going on in my slice of the world and if you’re thinking… Hey – I’d really like to get to know this international photographer who loves say it like it is, feel free to contact me anytime.
I hope you’re having a great start to your New Year and stay tuned for more amazing events that I’m sharing. From San Diego to Newport Beach, all the way out to London, Paris, Costa Rica, Germany and Switzerland.