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Stupid Photographers

edsephiroth 11 169 9 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 2:32PM
Just wondered if anyone had any anecdotes about the dumbest things they have seen "photographers" (in the loosest sense) say or do over the years in relation to the actual art itself.

I know that those who fall into the:
"all the gear, no idea"
"all the kit, what a git"
"all the clobber, what a knobber"
category frequently cause a chuckle (sometimes an embarrassed one), but there must be more...?

My two examples are:
1) overhearing a photography student in a bar trying to impress a female friend by telling her that his camera (a D2) was so good that the University course he had applied for just asked him what camera he had and just accepted him on the course because he had a D2 (they didn't even need to see any examples, the camera model was enough).
2) a discussion about low-light photography gradually descending into a pained argument where my opposition attested that no matter how dark a room is, even completely pitch black with no light source, your eyes will get used to it eventually and then you'll be able to see...

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macroman 15 15.3k England
27 Mar 2009 2:37PM
" A zoom/telephoto lens changes perspective." ???
Krakman 11 3.6k Scotland
27 Mar 2009 2:37PM
Watching people trying to illuminate aerial firework displays with on-camera flash always makes me wince Sad
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
27 Mar 2009 2:39PM
This one takes some beating Link

Krakman 11 3.6k Scotland
27 Mar 2009 2:39PM

Quote:" A zoom/telephoto lens changes perspective."

Well, in a sense it can - if it makes you step forward or backward to fit your main subject in the frame
Brom 13 804 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 2:46PM
damn i thought no one had seen me lol
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Mar 2009 2:54PM
Jeez, hope he got the shot..
ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 3:10PM
I was refused permision to go trackside at a drifting event last year, ( I had done the previous 3 ) because it wasnt safe.

They let a couple of "pros" (yeah right) as they had the indestructable lummie green tabards on.

As the event unfolded a female tog was shooting closer and closer to the OUTSIDE of a bend, I had just been moved from behind an armco barrier, with a row of tyres outside it and 50-60ft from the closest passing cars.

No one moved the female tog even though I told two marshalls that no one stands on the OUTSIDE, just as I protested again, one of the drifting cars over cooked it and started going backwards at a fair rate of knots, she backtracked as fast as she could and tripped and fell over the Half buried tyres behind her, the car managed, luckily, to stop no more than a foot away from hitting her.
Strobekid 11 369 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 3:11PM

Quote:This one takes some beating Link


Wasn't it a hoax? I thought that there was another picture showing that the drop would have been infact less than 10 feet (still hurt, but hardly falling into the Grand Canyon.
Strobekid 11 369 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 3:16PM
Some examples

I love the last picture. He is a true one man army.
admiles 12 241 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 3:18PM
I did see recently someone with the lens of her point & shoot held up to her eye.

Mind you, it was my three year old daughter so I suppose I can let it pass!!

edsephiroth 11 169 9 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 3:30PM
Oh and I forgot the frequent compact-bright sunny day-tripod combo that you often see too...
Like the link Keigo, some classics there, plus one photoshopped I think! ;o)
BubbaG2000 10 767 1
27 Mar 2009 4:01PM

Quote:plus one photoshopped I think! ;o)

The guy nearly getting slammed by the car, per chance?
Krakman 11 3.6k Scotland
27 Mar 2009 4:05PM
I think the kingfisher one too, unless it's dead and stuffed of course.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
27 Mar 2009 4:29PM
Did anyone notice Jools 5th up from the end Wink

Now that is plain nuts!!!

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