Or possibly none of us know enough to be truly enlightenedI was thinking the same thing ... maybe people are only reading the words "photography snob" from the title, and they immediately think of KenAnybody struggling with the Rockwell link should watch a Zefrank video or two on YouTube. True Facts About The Armadillohow did we get here again?
We're all photography snobs, jaded on some level, are we not?
Yes we are, and I think snobbishness exhibits a skewed bell-shaped distribution with knowledge.
If you know very little, you're not a snob.
As you get to know more, but far less than enough, you develop more and more snobbishness.
You think all you know is correct- and everything else is wrong.
However, once you know a lot, you cross the peak of snobbishness, and you go into enlightenment.
And then on it's all downhill in terms of snobbishness.
Along that scale, my knowledge and snobbishness are both early on the upward slope (fortunately only in terms of photography knowledge, not in my chosen profession, but I have spent a much longer time in that).
Still long way to go here though...
Excellent observation, but if it were true, it would mean the most knowledgeable people are not snobs, and they clearly are.
Personally, I don't think you can connect knowledge and snobbishness. I know several very knowledgeable photographers, some are arrogant snobs and some are humble and helpfull... and some are a mix. I also know some very poor photographers who have an inflated opinion of themselves.
I suppose you are right, but it does seem like the more knowledgeable posters in this forum, have a bit of snobbery going on. Their outlook is fairly rigid.
I don't know any very poor photographers with inflated self opinions. In fact I don't know any poor photographers at all. Many of the decent or very good photographers (or professionals), that I know, or have met...Either have extremely high opinions of their work, or of themselves. This seems especially true of pro's who give seminars, or photo tours. They state things matter-of-factly, when it's really just their own way of doing things...not recognizing there are other equally good ways of accomplishing the same task. (For instance the guy who gave a lecture at a photo club meeting I attended, who said he always shoots with a tripod and a polarizer filter, because "you can't get sharp pictures any other way". That attitude is a hold over from the film days.) I admit I've not met dozens of lecturers or photo education professionals yet, but of the ones I've met and known...this seems to be the case. It's their way, or the highway.
Let's face it. Anyone who spends time and effort on something (whether they're a pro or not), and is happy with the results, would rarely admit there might be the tiniest thing wrong with their approach (or with some virtue they hold to be true)...or attitude. And as for photo equipment, it's like every other endeavor, or hobby...or cars, planes, boats, houses. People like, and defend from criticism, what they own.