I've not really traveled in photography circles; basically just take snapshots and pick stuff up from camera stores.
To me, it seems the egos have dropped a bit in the consumer area since the digital camera phase gave way to the smart phone phase. The latest camera is no longer something to brag about - it's become saturated and yesterday's news.
When I run around with my film camera no one tells me how great their digital camera is anymore. Either we go on about our business with a nod, or they actually ask me about the camera, with genuine interest. If someone pulls out a flip-phone, though, it can get ugly.
As for people with Pro rigs (film or digital), I'd rarely bumped into the egos. Usually they are too focused on setting up a shot to really notice small cameras, tourists, or natural disasters unrelated to their subject. I find an higher percentage of egos among car enthusiasts.
We did call my brother's wedding photographer the "camera nazi," but it wasn't ego so much as being a control freak, and not in the least bit personable.
Interesting thread. What I've always heard is a good photographer can make a good image with whatever camera they have handy.
I've gotten mostly positive reactions when I break out the older cameras. In some ways it's like classic cars....part of the fun is when others enjoy seeing the old gear
I do believe it is the tool for the job. If I want to be 100% sure I'm going to capture something I'll bring the digital since I can seen on the spot that I've got something. I'd also bring the Big film camera to hopefully get the image quality you can only get from MF or LF film.
I had a blast setting up the 11x14 in a fern covered canyon earlier this week. Before I moved the camera into position, one dad hiked by with a couple on small kids and he lifted them up to see the GG as I walked in front of the camera so they could see me upside down. I let several other folks look thru the camera before moving the whole rig into position in the creek. No worries about anyone bothering me once I was in the creek!
But I agree that inflated ego are in all fields. But I go with the theory that there are just a four different types of personalities that people are born with (and most of us are mixes of those four). But some are very strong in the type who believe innately that they are right...always right. And the only reason you would disagree with them is 1) because you are stupid or 2) you are purposefully disagreeing with them to bug them, to get to them. And the more you try to make your point clear, the stupider they think you are. It is not an ego thing, it is a basic personality trait. I was married to one of these personality types...it was not fun.
Why would you want to marry one of those?
Seriously, do we not all have an ego. In some way or another, I dare to say in younger years it may be more pronounced, since we have to get humbled.
To succumb to a kind of ego thing is sweet and easy, just like eating the apple. I believe it is a driving force in humans in some way. The search for love or recognition. We need to learn how to go about it.
Come on when walking down the street with a camera ( dare I mention a Leica M without getting spat on) and a young woman calls "Sexy, M6, sexy".
That made me feel like a god, and it went down like warm oil.
The only time I ever run into chest-thumping is on forums.* Out in the real world, my encounters with other photographers are few, and distant. Once recently I was shooting in a foggy park overlooking the city; another guy had an MF camera of some kind on a tripod, setting up a shot. Several minutes later I was examining the scene through the viewfinder; the guy wandered down the hill in the direction I was aiming and said "Let me know if I'm in your way".
* One notable exception: A former coworker, new to photography, had been quizzing me for several weeks about the effects of aperture and shutter speed on an image. I told him much of my photography was taken in manual mode, using a handheld meter. He had just recently bought a brand-spanking-new 5D2 and a bagful of L primes, then a 1DS3 came a month or so later. He complained to me that his images were coming out so dark there wasn't any image to see. I suggested he switch to Aperture priority. That, apparently, did the trick. In spite of that, he was constantly deriding me for choosing to use film.
Vaughan, that's not a trait, it's a disorder. Could be one of two or three.
Originally Posted by Vaughn
Most beginers believe as I did over fifty years ago when I started that photography is a problem that can be solved by throwing money at it.
Originally Posted by flatulent1
I took the 14x17 out this weekend to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. I got a lot of inquiries, and for the most part significant respect for shooting it. I did still get folks giving me crap about using film though, although when I told them to do the math on pixel equivalent, that shut them up... roughly 1.3 Gigapixels at 2400ppi, or 4+ Gigapixels from a drum scan. The biggest hassle was folks so lost in their own little worlds they couldn't be bothered to either not block hallways or to look before walking through the middle of a scene. Fortunately, reciprocity failure works on my behalf when I'm doing a 3-minute exposure and unless they parked themselves in the middle of a shot for the better part of 2 minutes, they weren't going to record anyway.
Told you I was good. I just have to be very specific.
Best daughter's first snow angel on 4x5 TMY-2 (contact print) on Galerie 2.
Now you don't have to one-up me. My ego can share the spotlight if someone here has done better.
Originally Posted by Bill Burk