« on: November 22, 2013, 01:18:39 PM »
Sorry, but I can't resist posting this link about...how to be a Professional Photographer:
I get tickled every time I watch this..or the ones that follow in her series....
Oh boy. That's like fingernails on chalkboard. A) Because there are people (and not just females) who talk like this for real and B) Because it shows some of the recent gender bias that has started to develop in some industries. No, I don't think that the stereotypical guys who used to dominate certain industries were any "better" in that sense. But I've been watching a lot of the Creative Live features recently. You know the types I'm talking about. Some of those chicks have pretty good business sense I must say. And some are very good photographers, no doubt, while others I find deliver shockingly mediocre results.
But they all seem to get much better access these days to all sorts of situations where guys seem to have a harder and harder time based on the changed image of who and what is a photographer.
Don't get me wrong: I wish them all much success. Everyone is responsible for their own thing. Who cares how you get there.
I take it that most of us here are guys. Which seems to be rather typical these days. The famous pro guys are all tech guys. You know, those who tour the country to show some sweaty overweight guys named Chuck how to correctly use PocketWizards and their new camera. (Full disclosure: I watch a lot of those guys' videos, read the books and should really lose another 15lb...). Most guys known for their actual photography are mostly from a generation before that (yes, there are always exceptions). And then there is the new wave of female pros known for their California hipster style wedding photography (barf) or baby photographers to the celebrities (more barf) and so forth.
So to the original point: camera doesn't matter really (well it does, but not really). It's about the marketing. How can Chucky and his friends be comfortable out there and get paid appropriately these days? Other than as a sports photographer that is.