(the different types of photographers)
(does it really matter?)
Disclaimer: The following names and descriptions came from my head and are not intended to offend anyone. Think of it as a work of fiction and learn what you can from it. We’ve all been there or will be at some point.
Picture this: A group of enthusiasts are out on a photo taking adventure, whether it’s in an urban setting or out on the trails. You get all kinds of folks with a wide range of cameras, lenses, bags, tripods, monopods and other accoutrements.
Often, you will see certain types come together, such as the gearheads (those who love to get the latest and greatest in lenses and bodies and, of course, love to show them off) and the elitists (those who often are closely related to the gearheads in what they are carrying but tilt their nose a bit upward if you aren’t part of their own little clique). Gearheads tend to think that the equipment will make all the difference, regardless of skill. Elitists think that they know everything about taking good photographs and are unwilling to learn anything new unless it’s from another elitist. They often have similar gear to the gearheads, by the way.
At the other end of the spectrum are the noobs (those who just got their first entry-level DSLR and are trying to learn what they can) and the snappers (these are the participants who are equipped solely their point-and-shoot camera or even their smartphone). These people are by far the most eager to learn and often the most intimidated by the other types.
Somewhere in the middle are the enthusiasts. These people likely started out in one of the aforementioned groups and probably had belonged to more than one over time. These are the ones who will welcome any and all groups and will also likely help the noobs with advice if they see them struggling and ask to see the images taken by the snappers. Not surprisingly, you can sometimes find an entusiast walking amongst them as a fellow snapper or noob. Why? Because they are trying something new. They like to experiment.
I’m a bit dismayed when one judges another by the gear he owns or how much experience he may or may not have. Especially that with today’s cameras and phones, one can take an excellent photo with their choice of gear. I’ve seen photographs taken on a point-and-shoot that were superior to those taken on my D90 on the same subject and lighting. Still, the elitists and gearheads will scoff at an image taken on a point and shoot: simply because of what was used. They can also be a bit condescending towards noobs coming along with their kit lenses.
I choose to shoot pretty much exclusively with my DSLR because I love the control (or lack thereof) provided by being able to change lenses, add filters, adjust exposure via shutter speed and/or aperture. I love making mistakes. I absolutely love it when a photograph comes out exactly the way I envisioned it and knowing that it was me who did it and not necessarily the camera (and we all know I didn’t give enough credit to how much the camera helped).
My daughter prefers her point-and-shoot. She likes the simplicity and doesn’t want to bother with all the settings and lens changing. OH! She does a great job with it too. When she sometimes does use my DSLR, it’s set on AUTO. Every time.
Whether you are a noob, snapper, enthusiast, gearhead or elitist: Don’t judge. Accept everyone’s creative choice and have fun!