Respect Your Photographer!
When I’m on location doing a photo shoot or shooting a wedding unfortunately I can’t just focus on what camera settings i’m using (that would be nice if that was my only worry) but I also have to know what direction the light is in, what color is the light surrounding my subject & what temperature is it burning in, where do the shadows fall, what’s the best composition to use, what type of lighting to use for this shot, what’s the best pose for my subject, The list goes on! In addition to all of that we also have to focus on camera settings on the fly all while trying not to miss great shots. So we have to be very knowledgeable about our camera, photography gear & our surroundings.
But I’m not here to make a post about the technical side of photography I just needed to give you a little insight on what’s on our minds & why you should respect your photographer for the art they’re creating. Mainly because IT’S TIME CONSUMING! It can also get pretty stressful at times but as a professional we have to maintain our composure all while still performing at 110%. If it was just about pointing a camera & pushing a button then EVERYBODY that’s on social media is a photographer. There’s a reason professional photographers are still highly sought after despite all of the “new age” cell phone cameras hitting the market today. It’s because we have the ability to do what your cell phone simply can’t do. A real photographer is easy to spot because they’re passion will show through their works. You should be able to look at a photographer’s pictures & know right away if they know what they’re doing or if they’re just “calling” themselves a photographer.
What goes on behind the scenes?
When the photo shoots are over and you go home and relax a photographers job is still not done. We still have to go through every single photo, compare duplicate photos and pick the best ones, cry about the photo’s that looked good on the camera screen but horrible once we uploaded it to our computer (yes this happens) then do extensive editing on all the best photos one by one & still manage to get them back to the client in a timely manner. So not only do we need to be knowledgeable about our camera gear we have to be even more knowledgeable about our editing software. Not to mention the thousands of dollars we have to spend on our gear total just to make your photo shoot possible.
So in conclusion your photographer isn’t just somebody holding a camera clicking buttons, they’re a true artist with skills, vision and a dream, so respect them when you meet them.