OH THE HUMANITY! Woes of a Photographer…

Even though I said I wont be able to upload any pictures for a few days, I can still blog.
A few months ago a photographer friend (check out her blog here: Journeys of a Seedling) and I talked about the woes we photographers have to put up with. We came up with a small list that night and we both thought we should blog about it.

Lets begin.

Shutter Disappearance Syndrome/Phenomenon (SDS/SDP)- this has happened to all photographers. Basically what happens here is when a photographer wants their picture with their friend or by a tree or whatever, they usually hand their professional camera off to some random person. Now this is something we all do, so I dont find that a problem. What the problem is here, is that when you hand your fancy camera over to them, they become dumbfounded by its complexities. They look at it and are ultimately confused and of course ask that oh so annoying question, “Do you just push the button?” Now I prefer to give a sarcastic answer to this because its so stupid, but it happens all the time. And of course, you are usually in the middle of a lecture telling them the camera will do all the work, just push the button, so you tend to be captured in some odd, bent, contorted shape and your mouth looks like it was yelling at them to, “JUST PUSH THE BUTTON!!” Oh, its so hard being a photographer. But this is only the beginning of it.

Unflattering Snapshots- Now this happens when your out-and-about with friends or family. See, you’re the photographer, you take the amazing pictures. And see, photographers are willing to risk their life, their health, their sanity, and their sense of comfort, to capture the perfect shot. So usually we will be bent head-over-heels (literally) to get the perfect picture. What tends to happen is, when you’re with your family/friends they tend to think you look rather funny with your “butt in the air” so they pull out their point n’ shoots and take a snapshot of your butt. Of course they think its absolutely hilarious, you find it less then amusing. But to top this all off, when you ask to get their picture by a cactus or tree, they object because their “hair is messy” or their “sweaty.” HELLO PEOPLE!!! You just took a picture of my BUTT!!! Would it kill ya to at least let me get your picture?

Unplugged Moments- This hasnt happened to me much yet, but in a nutshell, its that time when your looking for your card readers cord, your mouse’s cord, keyboard’s cord, external HD cord, camera cord(s), they happen to all be black, stuffed in a bag or draw…hopefully you get my point. Its a mess and confusion and it drives photographers nuts!

Murderous Lag Times- we all like awesome long exposure pictures, but taking them is soooo boring. See back in ye olde days, when we used film (whatever happened to it?) you just took the exposure, picked up camp, and left. Now that we’ve gone digital we have to wait for the exposure to take and then, then, wait for its to process. Which takes as long as you left the camera exposed. Its time consuming, and boring and there is not much you can do during that time.

So this is just a few of the horrors we photographers must endure. Lets recap:

  • Shutter Disappearance Syndrome/Phenomenon (SDS/SDP)
  • Unflattering Snapshots
  • Unplugged Moments
  • Murderous Lag Times

These are just a few of the things we have to put up with, there are more to come.

Please tell your friends about my blog!

Matt :D

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