"That guy". you know who I'm talking about, the person you met out in town because he had a camera and you talked for five minutes and exchanged cards. He's on your facebook, and won't shut up about the $1300 lens he just picked up and how awesome it's going to make his pictures.
Then he posts a picture with the pop-up flash from the camera and a shadow across the image from the lens hood.
"That guy" gloats, flashes around gear, calls themselves a professional and can't even tell you the brand of camera they're holding. They post on facebook about the latest piece of equipment they just found, then buy it a half hour later because it is obviously the best and makes them better, like beheading a highlander or something.
Sure, everyone has their "I wish" dreams of nice equipment, and yes it does give you the ability to produce much better imagery (depending), but I'm talking about the almost stereotypical "More money = better pictures" people who churn out point and click pictures whilst acting like total snobs about how good they are.
[release][h2]"SC", the blind-buying gear-lover[/h2]
Look what I found
Look what I bought
How do I work this
I'm buying something else[/release]
I've known him for half a year now, always see him at anime conventions (the only thing he focuses on). He used to work for a coalition of photographers who work together for convention shoots (not sharing the name, I know they ruthlessly google themselves). I almost worked for them too, until I realized they were a pyramid scheme and all the money trickled upwards.
The thing is, when I met him he was relatively humble with his photo work and produced rather good shots with his setup. He had a Nikon D40, a tamron lens with a wide zoom (somewhere like 24-70) and an SB-600 flash remotely tied to it with some Nikon IR wireless trigger, and a gary fong sphere on top. (not a fan of fong myself). That's all he worked with, as of the end of last year.
Come early this year though, he starts posting on facebook about wanting to upgrade. Made sense, the 40 was a little outdated. I asked about what he was looking at, and he immediately jumped to wanting a Canon 5D MkII, but then bitched about it being too expensive. I of course suggested maybe upgrading to a Nikon of some sort, since then he can keep his existing glass and his flash instead of having to buy a whole new everything.
nahhhh, he just went and bought a Canon 7D and a 580exII with minimal research about it, then spent some time complaining about his credit card. After his first convention with the new setup, he posted about not knowing how to work any of it and he just went to shooting with his Nikon setup for the rest of the con.
Later on (after he finally figured out what he was doing), I asked what he did with his old stuff since I was interested in his tamron, but he refused to sell for anything less than the 'new' price of the items. Yeah, no.
Since then, he'll post up a facebook status pretty much weekly saying things like "I'm thinking of getting this. Boy the guys at work are gonna be jealous when I show up with this lolol" followed by a link to some $750 alienbees kit, a huge-ass lens, a gigantic backdrop, etc.
a fine selection of the past week alone:
followed by a continuation: "not sure even manual will save me.... cause like... it feels like my camera is stuck at 1/1 no matter what... >< even when I have to go HSS at 1/8000 f/2.8 ISO 100.... I get white outs... ><"
"damn I gotta drop my DOF to get atleast a decent exposure.. ><"
followed by: "forget who got the "better" camera... it all runs down on the shooter and their knowledge of their weapon, and environment..."
(I ran into him when he was on his way to this photo battle. I opted instead to play a game of twister that had been randomly set up in the middle of the hotel lobby because I'm freaky flexible and cheat like a motherfucker at it.)
I can just keep going, but my brain is hurting. Every time I try to talk any sense into him or correct something he states (like commenting about the 1/8000 sync speed since the 7D should only hit 250 before capping) he'll act either like a deer in headlights or like I just insulted his mother.
[release][h2]"E" is for Eughh[/h2]
She's the premiere photographer for the company SC used to work for, and is blown extremely out of proportion (and people buy it)[/release]
In fact, she's SO 'premiere' that she's the only one of 40-ish photographers the company employs that is advertised. Her work is ALL of their presented portfolio, she's named time and time again but rarely is available for hire. She makes roughly $1500 a weekend at her rates, but she's mediocre.
She held a panel at the same convention I met SC, aptly named "How to succeed at Convention Photography". She spent the entire time talking about how honored and privileged she is, how good her work is "Now that [she] bought a 'professional' camera" (at which point she holds up her Canon 50D, which she still could only call "a professional canon" when I asked her in person two weekends ago), and talked for the majority of the time about how she's allowed to use back areas at conventions because she sweet-talks security into letting her get away with snooping around access halls for photo shoots, how security all knows her and will rope off major areas so she can get photos, and again, just how good her work is.
Let's lay this down: She has her good work. However, 90% of what she puts out is just bland, and she has to photoshop the hell out of it to get it to look good. She's uninspired when it comes to location shoots, just tells people to "do whatever". Friend of mine and her group paid $40/person for an hour shoot and they spent half of it taking pictures sitting at a bar because that's... in character kind of. 90% of the shots presented in the gallery are unedited, one or two will be cropped and de-noised because she usually works at ridiculous ISOs if she doesn't use her flashes, which is usually her preferred thing.
[release][h2]"JW", Gear-lover v2: Rub in your face edition[/h2]
HEY YOU'RE A PHOTOGRAPHER RIGHT? I JUST BOUGHT THIS AND THIS AND-[/release]
Again, part of the convention crowd. Go figure. Better yet, he is SC's replacement in the photo company group thing, and even SC made fun of the fact they hired him.
This guy has a Nikon D2x and a ton of serious glass. I know he has a ton of the glass because, after finding out I have a camera, he always made a point of talking to me on facebook to say "DUDE I just maxed out my credit card, bought three lenses for like $1700 today lol".
Unfortunately, somehow, the only pictures I ever see from him look like they were taken on an old point-and-click with a pop-up flash, not to mention usually way underexposed.
From what I hear, he ran off with one of my photographer friends' 50mm 1.8 at the last convention we were at, I should check if he ever got that back.
• At a parade, saw a guy with a huge lens. Canon L glass, with the tan plastic. I walk up and ask him "What are you shooting with?" and his only response is "um, Canon." I ask what model it is and he holds it up, looks at the front of the body, and says "No, yeah, it's a Canon". I nodded, smiled, and continued on. Looked back and this foot-long lens was fixated on his kid who was sitting in a wagon his wife was pulling. Saw him an hour later, still pointed at the kid in the wagon.
• At a convention (durf) I was hired as a second-shooter for official press. They said they paid a real press guy to come and shoot the con, but I could at least get a free badge for the weekend if I shoot press as well. Finally ran into the guy on saturday, he looked bored. I talked to him, he said "I figured I'd show up for an hour or so and get my pictures done.". We talked for a bit, he talked down at me and bragged about his D700 and the $300 flash bracket he was using. "It works for me... I guess." He walked off and tripped up a group of kids dancing in the hallway that he didn't see (or just didn't care to walk around).
SO, who else knows "that guy"?