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As a hobbyist/amateur/beginner (HAB) photographer I find photography blog comment sections less than hospitable and typically obnoxious. I generalize, of course, because not all respondents are dicks but the vibe can be stuffy and the arrogance is palpable.

Interestingly what is quite off-putting is how so-called, so-perceived, professionals debate with each other over taking photos. It’s nutty how disrespectful people are to peers in their industry.

Obviously there are trolls who enjoy disrupting the tranquil existence of well-meaning dialogue. Perhaps even this post is an example of this behavior.

I suppose as a HAB I am necessarily not wanted in the top tier of creative image freezing websites. I would think that the advertisers on these establishments might otherwise disagree as THEY couldn’t care less if I knew what a back focus button was (or is it back button focus?) as long as USD flowed out of my wallet for a satisfactorily exchange of goods. But I digress.

I think many making bank in the industry are threatened by the sheer number of photographers plying their own brand of trade. Whatever edge they think they have is not to be shared with the witless P mode shooters. I get it.

Oh yea, the good old days of film. The days when a photographer could make a camera and the process of still images look like magic to anyone who remotely gave a crap. Film made photography exclusive.

Not today, buddy. Everybody is a photographer. Yet, there are still people who act like photography should be some kind of privileged event for only the most learned people who have PITT (put in their time). The only time a great photo needs today is the second that is clicked on an iPhone and the 10 seconds needed to post on Instagram and apply a filter that would have otherwise taken the pro 3 hours to do 5 years ago.

Change is scary. Photography has become commoditized. I would suggest photography has become boring to anyone but you. I used to look at photos like those featured on the bottom of sites like F-stoppers and be impressed. No doubt a lot of work went into it but the thrill is gone now. Everything looks like the same over-processed, hyper reality magazine quality crap to me.

Takes a lot to impress these days and it seems like folks are trying really, REALLY hard for attention. Competition is fierce for those trying to make money in photography. Who doesn’t want to get paid to be a photographer? It’s fun. The art of photography is not exactly difficult. Challenging? Technical? Sure. Stressful? Maybe. That depends if the client is an asshole or not.

I think people are really trying hard to hold close to their vest the magic they perceive is photography. Yep, there are tons of talented photographers. But that is the point. There are tons. And all but the photography geeks and editors care that a photo is technically correct.

I took a bunch of photos on full Manual mode while on vacation. I really stretched myself to “get the shot”. I came home and dropped them into Lightroom and made the edits I liked. Slung a few into Photoshop to remove this and that. Showed the photos to the family and friends and they were like AWESOME! Love them. Thanks for doing this!

Went on a mission trip and used a compact camera for the most part. Everything shot in RAW and P-mode. Just wanted to capture the moments and I captured A LOT of moments. Came home and fed them into LR/PS. Showed the photos to family, friends and church groups. Some were even published in the diocese newsletter. AWESOME! Love them. Thanks for doing this!

Nobody peeped at the pixels. Nobody critiqued the saturation. Nobody asked about the ISO.

All anybody cared about was the story. The point is that only the geeks care about the tech.

And when one ventures into the garbage pit of photography blog comments just about all you see are geeks pounding each other over stuff that nobody cares about.

One thing I hardly ever see in photo blog comment sections is women. My guess is they steer themselves to more helpful areas of information rather than participate in incivility.

It’s always interesting to read a blog post that is obviously steered toward a less professional reader. You know that post the editors post for those that just wants to be informed or entertained by some harmless take on tech or process or opinion.

The damn post is not even 2 minutes dry before some asshat pops in to wail “what, another iPhone photography post?” And of course subsequent follow-ups about how the CaNikony 840 TSi4 takes better photos than a smartphone ever could because the sensor….zzzzz.

The Nikon vs Canon vs Sony tech fights are hilarious. Dinosaurs fighting robots while the Panasonic and Olympus folks are shrugging their shoulders and filling SD cards.

It’s annoying. It will continue, the Web being the Web and all. Every topic you can think of has its range of elitist jerks to hapless amateurs.