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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Question For Thought...

I hope that the amazing Tiburon and the phenomenal Melissa don't mind that I borrowed this image..... They do a question for each week, but I couldn't possibly keep up with that----but every once in a while, I would like to post one.

Well....this week, my hubby told me about a person that we know----that decided just this week that he was going to quit his job and become a professional photographer.

He has never taken a class in photography.

He is not an artist.

He does Photoshop.

So, this brought to my mind this question:

Should a self-claimed "photographer" admit that they are really a photo-shop-ographer?
And should they be charging the same for their sitting fees as professional photographers that have studied?......

Just curious about YOUR thoughts.

(Ok, so obviously I am a bit partial to the studied


Mrs. Organic said...

Shouldn't charge the same, but it's just my opinion. I think anyone researching a photographer should ask to see a portfolio - it will become obvious if they don't have a trained eye.

Kristina P. said...

Does he have any type of portfolio? I suspect he will have a hard time making a go of it.

Anonymous said...

Hey baby, you should come right over here and give me some good smooches.

Rhonda said...

Well, after seeing a slick website with and equally slick portfolio and shelling out thousands for a mediocre photographer for Rachel's wedding, (Bountiful) I would say... you just never know.

The best way is to go with a photographer that is highly recommended. By what you have seen in peoples homes. That I guess, is of course...just my opinion.

Rachel said...

I think now a days you get people all the time who say they are a photographer but are not. They just have an expensive camera and took a photoshop class.

I don't think they should be charging the same amount. Especially if you do not have the degree to back it up! That goes with anything!

M-Cat said...

I Don't quite get the mentality of quitting your job to pursue a hobby as a means of business. I believe in following dreams and all that, but in today's economy, really? Just quit your job to do something that you, really don't know how to do?

I don't think he'll be successful, and in the long run, will be sorry for his choice.

And I certainly wouldn't hire a 'photograther' that didn't have a portfolio.

PS i stole the picture from Tib hehe

Omgirl said...

Well, will he actually be taking the shots before he photoshops them? Cause if so, he's a photographer. My other thought is that almost all the photographers who I have had take my/family/kid pics are self-taught or maybe only had basic classes on camera use. I don't think it's something that necessarily requires training (although it obviously helps). Lots of kinds of art can be self-taught. How talented you are will determine whether you get hired or not. If he has no clue what he's doing, his "career" will be short lived. On the other hand, if he has a natural talent for it, maybe he will be good at it. The proof is in the pudding, I think.

Hailey said...

If he takes good pictures, people will hire him, if he doesn't, they won't. Clients don't care if he's a "sell-out," they just want good pictures. That's just the nature of that business, unfortunately.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I don't know too much about photography but I would think he'd need to show some raw stuff to get any business.

Thanks so much for your visit recently. I have been playing catchup! I love your new hair style!

Annie said...

Wow, that is a tough one! I don't think they should charge as much for the sitting fees, but they might create a "touch up" fee if they are super good at photoshop. I know some excellent photographers that don't need photoshop it is all in where your talent lies in my opinion :)

kado! said... long as he does good work i don't think it matters what kind of schooling he had. Some people can be GREAT at what they do and have no formal training...and some people can SUCK at what they do and have expensive schooling. So it really just depends on the quality of his work.

~j. said...

I don't like that. Of course, I don't like 'singers' who are computerized, either, but they're making money, aren't they?

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