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Sunday, February 23, 2014

S.O.O.C. and other amateur utterances.

As a professional, I try to do my part to give back to the community in any way I can. I've never felt the need to sound off about it as I just don't possess that level of narcissism.

I'm more than willing to discuss methodology with those who are truly intent on actual learning, those who understand inexperience and excuses don't make poor imagery into an acceptable product. I refuse to engage those in possession of a vehement uninformed opinion.

After deleting the majority of a long winded rant, I came to the following conclusion:

Lame excuses about S.O.O.C. (Straight Out Of Camera) and minimal use of image editing software can be cured by the following:

1: Get your hands on a film camera.

2: Add film.

3: Go out and shoot an entire roll, color or black and white. Maybe both just to round things out.

4: Dont take the film to a lab. Learn how to develop the film yourself, then do it. There are darkroom facilities around where you can.

5: Learn how to create your own prints in the same darkroom facility.

6: Do it all, successfully.

7. Shut up.

Those who don't get it can now go back to being a GWC/ FAUXtographer who thinks doing the same thing over and over for free, believing that will get you somewhere in "honing your craft"because your friend(s) and/or family keeps telling you what a great photographer you are.

If you missed one of my earlier entries about GWCs, it stands for Guy/Girl With Camera which is the kind of person who thinks the mere act of buying a camera makes you a photographer.

Now get off my lawn. I'm going out to the hardware store to buy a hammer and box of nails because I want to be a carpenter.