Great Photos! What Camera Are You Using?
Many photographers have heard that very phrase, or something similar to that. The person who made that statement meant well; he loved the shots and was curious as to what equipment we were using to get those photos. As photographers, not only do we capture the photos that everyone loves so well - we need to educate them (a little) as to how we get the shots.
I state this more than anything else for the sake of basics: it's not the cameras that makes the biggest difference (although it helps); it's the photographers that capture those moments that use their knowledge to determine what is a good photograph and what isn't. It doesn't really matter what kind of camera one uses - smartphone, point-and-shoot, bridge, DSLR or something else; we as photographers must know how to use the most important part of our arsenal, and use it well. Now, we don't want to get into a long drawn-out explanation as to how we get what we get on our cameras because before long we'll see that glaze appear in their eyes. At that point, we know that we've gone to far. I've done this with my wife more than once; just ask her and she'll tell you. Oh, and let's not get into the Canon vs Nikon, full frame vs APS-C, or Lightroom vs Photoshop vs whatever photo editor arguments either. See, that glaze is already appearing in your eyes; I told you.
What I mean is that we just need to keep it extremely simple. What I do is simply tell the person asking that question what I'm using but also kindly explain that no matter what camera anyone may use, it takes the person behind the camera to know what he is doing, and that can take years to learn and master. If said person asks more questions, then yes...oblige. But keep the answers simple and (hopefully) easy to understand.
But the most important thing to show someone, anyone, is that you love what you do and that you have the passion for it. I most certainly have that, I tell my clients; the only regret is that I didn't realize it years ago and take the plunge.
We need to be approachable to our clients, both current and potential. The last thing that we should do as photographers is to use so much jargon that we scare people off, but at the same time explain just enough so that person will undertand (at least to a point) and then move on. Then, we can get back to whatever we were doing previously. It only takes a few minutes.
Has the glaze disappeared from your eyes now? Good. Now let me tell you about color temperature in a photograph...
Thanks for reading! See you again soon.
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