Monday, September 14, 2009

Introduction

I am a photographer.

I chose the name “guy with camera” for this blog for a few reasons. At face value, I am a guy and I have a camera, so it makes a pretty accurate title for the casual reader. But in the photography world the term “guy with camera” (GWC for short) usually refers to a guy with no photographic talent or interest in photography at all, who buys a big camera with the sole purpose of getting girls to pose for him naked. I have met several creepy GWCs in my travels—they definitely do exist—and I feel bad for their victims. But there are some people who call every amateur photographer who doesn’t own a studio or have a $4,000 camera a GWC. So I thought calling this blog "guy with camera" was kind of funny in a tongue-in-cheek way.

What makes a professional photographer different from an amateur? If it’s just the size of the camera, or the fanciness of the website, or the price they charge, then there are plenty of professional GWCs out there! I think the term “professional” means that you need to produce quality work every time, and that you need to be concerned with your photography both as a business and as an art. You need business plans, backup gear, insurance, marketing strategies, etc. There are many of great pros out there, but you don’t have to be a pro to be great!

So how do we amateur photographers justify spending countless hours and dollars on our photography if we’re not making any money from it? Well a lot of it is love of the medium, some of it is (healthy) obsession, and then there is that intangible something that drives us to keep trying to make great images.

I guess that what I am saying is that there are plenty of amateur photographers out there who are not GWCs. I am one of them, and welcome to my blog!

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