Who is a photographer?

Jacquie Cross - Damn & Blast June 2019 Broken B Grade Honour

Jacquie Cross – Damn & Blast June 2019 Broken B Grade Honour

By Julie Hartwig, Tin Can Bay Camera Club

The availability and increasing sophistication of digital cameras and smartphone cameras has seen an explosion in photography participation in recent years, and it seems that anyone who owns a camera (regardless of what type) can call themselves a photographer. But in this day and age, what exactly is a “photographer”?

Traditionally, when we think of a photographer, we think of professional photographers – wedding or portrait photographers, sports photographers or photo-journalists – who have undertaken many years of study to be qualified in the art. Some charge large sums of money for their services, while others are freelance, but all earn a living from their chosen genre of photography.

At the other end of the scale we have the “enthusiastic amateurs” Many are self-taught, having taken advantage of the vast amount of learning videos and courses available online. A leaf through photography pages and groups on social media reveals that there is a vast range of abilities from the happy snapper to the “OMG, what an awesome photo!”

If you’re an enthusiastic amateur wanting to improve your knowledge and skills, one of the best ways to achieve this is by joining a camera/photography club. Apart from hanging out with like-minded people, you can immerse yourself in a learning environment – learn how to get the most out of your camera (whatever kind you have) and learn how to use photo editing software.

Clubs cater for varying levels of ability. They provide the means to explore various genres and gain exposure to other photographers which can be very inspiring. Who knows? Maybe one day you may even be able to call yourself a “photographer”!

If you’re struggling with your photography, maybe joining your local club is something worth considering. Until next month, happy shooting!

The Tin Can Bay Camera Club’s next meeting: Wednesday July 17 at TCB Library, commencing at 7pm. For more information about club activities and to view members’ images, visit: tincanbaycameraclub.wix.com/tcb-camera-club

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