Ever since I have gotten serious about my photography, I have really discovered my pet peeve is one that others share. Many people, especially those who are ignorant about photography, will look at my photos and inevitably ask the question. The question of "What kind of camera do you use?!!"
I used to love the image on the left. I had photoshopped it right out of the camera to get this result. However, compared to the right, it is obviously lacking. The image on the right is much more vibrant and the shadows and highlights are more subdued. The upped contrast makes it pop more. Now, the image on the right is much better. The camera couldn't make that decision!
Another reason I have improved so greatly is from constantly shooting. I try to shoot several times a week. And I spend time with it. It took a lot of practice to get where I am today. And I still have tons to learn! I am constantly learning, and there is a marked improvement in my work, even from a month ago or last week.
That's why I get frustrated when asked the inevitable question. It's an offensive question to the skilled photographer. I realize it is not the intent of the question to come across the way it does, but that's how it is. I'm happy to talk gear, but I also want my customers and viewers to realize that it's more than pointing and shooting!
Anyone else run into this issue before?