I believe I have stated my previous opinions on photography. But a major pet peeve has popped up recently. Everyone and their mother is starting their own photography "business." They go out, buy the cheapest dSLR camera they can find, add some vignettes to their photos and BAM! they're a photographer. Then they post their stuff on Facebook and await compliments and set up photography Facebook fan pages and such. And that is fine, they can start a business, I won't hold that against them. My number one problem, the thing that really bugs me, my major beef, is that I cannot take someone seriously if their work does not support their claims.
Maybe I'm being too picky. I personally have taken a couple of people's pictures for money. Well, one. One is coming up in a couple of days. And I'm anxious about it, because I have really really high standards. I will not charge someone for mediocre. And I'm not even charging them very much. But a couple of paid photo sessions does not make me a professional photographer anymore than my free blog on Blogger makes me a professional writer or having three kids makes me an expert on childcare.
I have had a "nice" camera for about two years now and there are still things I don't know. I still want more lenses and even dream about upgrading my camera body to a full frame camera that I'd have to save for years to buy. But I'm still learning. I can't imagine starting a business based on two months of owning a camera.
I only consider my pictures above average. Some are pretty good, but for every five good ones there is a dud, and this ratio is only improving with time. And I'm not a photographer anymore than I'm a baker for making too many cookies.
Now look at pictures of my cute bratty kids so you can forget about how judgmental I probably just sounded. And remember, I'm not a photographer.