Five Things That Piss Off Photographers

Five Things That Piss Off Photographers

As my grandfather would have said, it’s better to be pissed off than to be pissed on. I guess he was right in some regards. For the most part, being rubbed the wrong way never becomes comfortable, and even photographers have a breaking point.


We’re all familiar with it. Criticism is something photographers need to become immune to if they plan on lasting. You need to learn to take criticism in this craft. After all, everyone has an opinion and they’re quick to share it online (you know, that place you like to share your work).

There’s no rule set in stone stating that all criticism must be constructive and polite, and because of that, people tend to be say what’s on their mind.


You shoot models? Yep, you shoot porn. Automotive photographer? Yep, you’re a geek. Family portraits? You’re an amateur. This isn’t how I feel personally, but I’ve heard it all before. Shoot, I’ve even developed my own catchy stereotypes that I’m sure would piss off all kinds of photographers, but you have too, so be understanding when someone conveniently places you into a stereotype you may not be prepared to associate with.


You’ve worked your tail off to establish your clientele and suddenly someone dips into that cache with their under-priced offerings. Don’t be that guy. If someone in your area is successful at a certain rate, do what you can to catch up to that rate. You’re probably worth it.


Someone more quote worthy than myself once said that you don’t need to be smart, you just need to know someone smart and copy them. Someone else once said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. That aside, do your thing, and if it’s yours and you own it, people will relate to that and the ones who copy you will fall into place behind you, as intended.


Maybe it’s just me, but damn you, technology! You keep advancing and making me feel obsolete. Or perhaps you complete me? I don’t know, but as my mind’s telling me no, my body, my body is telling me yes, and that leads to random clicks of random "purchase now" buttons on my favorite shopping site. I don’t even know if I need all of this crap, but I’m pretty sure it’s helping me to be more creative. I think. Maybe I’ll just shoot on film.

Did I leave anything out? What irks you as a photographer? Share in the comments below.

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What pisses me off the most are photographers who whine about being photographers! lol

lol wedding photographers who complain about their weekends not being free.

Dusty Wooddell's picture

That's number six

Anonymous's picture

If you need Adobe, they've done their job and you haven't done yours. :-/

Anonymous's picture

?? No! Spoit, spoit (spray bottle I use on my dogs). If their software doesn't work the way you want, use something else. If you can't use something else, that means they did their job which is to make you dependent on them and you didn't do yours which is to not be dependent on them. PERIOD! <- See what I did there. I ended a sentence with a period, wrote "period" but then capped it off with an exclamation point. :-)

Really? You voted me down for that? WTF!?
You've cast more down votes than up votes! smh

Anonymous's picture

You're quite right except that opinion has nothing to do with your preceding comment which is illogical.

When you agree with someone, there's no need to comment on it so an up vote is appropriate. If you disagree, however, you should say why, which you did, in which case a down vote is redundant. While there're no rules for their use, logic dictates down votes be used for offensive comments.

When I've been offensive, I completely understand getting a down vote. If not, and particularly when my comment is logical and correct, I want to understand why the person did so. In your case, the fact you vote more people down than up, indicates a disagreeable person and probably not worth my time. I would have left it at that had you not also commented.

Michael Holst's picture

While you are providing a sound reasoning for Up/Down votes, there are no official rules and users are allowed to use their own discretion. Some people also like to see the world burn.

On the note of using something else besides Adobe. I've just picked up the Affinity products and they're AWESOME!

Michael Holst's picture

I have not been at all disappointed with Affinity. For the most part it's a very easy user transition since it's set up and looks very similar to PS. It even does some things better than in my opinion.

As soon as adobe went full subscription I was looking for a replacement. I cannot justify the running costs for updates that wont include features that I'm guaranteed to use.

I don't get too many bugs on my copy of LR6 (the last year it was available to own I think) and it hasn't crashed on my mac. The other alternative is CaptureOne which is REALLY powerful for its image quality but is a more tedious program to use.

Michael Holst's picture

The one thing that will keep me from getting rid of CaptureOne is its file processing. The quality is a lot better for some weird reason. Even on things like contrast and and color work. Do the same things on both programs and it will look much more clean in C1.

Anonymous's picture

I acknowledged there are no rules but we were talking about logic. His use was illogical. I would have suggested he try other software but that, also, would have been logical. :-/

Anonymous's picture

I wasn't addressing you and didn't invite a response from you.

Michael Holst's picture

My reply was about your rules on how Up/Down votes are supposed to happen. If someone down votes a comment of yours, get over it.

Anonymous's picture

I know what your reply was to. My response stands.

Michael Holst's picture

It looks logical to me. If you don't understand his logic re-read this snippet from one of his replies to your salt.

"An upvote is simply a way to agree with a poster and a downvote is simply a way to disagree with them. In either case a post can accompany the vote, or not. It's that simple. He simply took the downvote personal and then tried to get personal with me."

Anonymous's picture

Well, if you think so... so what?

Michael Holst's picture

Please pass the salt...

Complaints about cutting edge technology, no matter who it's from... Mostly found on rumor sites, "If it doesn't have a fudge-a-ma-hoose-it then I'm ditching my SmackCam2000 and going full on FujNikCanHas-a-ma-bob..." Just go out and shoot...

Anonymous's picture

People telling me gear doesn't matter or it does. Social media doesn't matter or it does. Whoever is president matters or doesn't. Basically, anyone who tries to impose their point of view on me. Sure, I want to hear about your POV, but it's yours...not mine.

I can assure you it doesn't matter.

Anonymous's picture

Thanks for your point of view. :-/

Matthias Dengler's picture

Wacom driver updates, which set all previously working basics of Photoshop out of order and causes keys "to get stuck".

Joel Law's picture

Tonight I walked into a bar I frequent. The owner rushes up to me and says, "oh my god I've been waiting for you to come back, that picture you posted on my Facebook page I love it, can you send me the original, I want to print it out 16 x 20 and put it on the wall. " I say sure no problem and sit down at the bar, expecting at the very least one cocktail on the house, which I've never had from this owner in 7 years. Nothing. Oh and another patron, noticing my camera says "Are you the photographer who took the picture Salim can't wait to print for the wall?" Yeah I am." It reminds me of a time, when I first moved to Connecticut, I was friends with a lawyer, who always asked me advice on a digital cameras, TV's, anything technology. I always gave him answers. However when I asked him a question he would say, "call me at the office" and then bill me at his hourly rate. Why do some people think your services are free and their services should cost?

michael buehrle's picture

hope the picture at least had a huge watermark on it if you sent the file. and all i can say is, fucking lawyers !

Dusty Wooddell's picture

Well, you did respond to his comment with "sure, no problem", when you could have said, "It'll cost ya". Plus, I hear it's pretty difficult to pass the bar, and a formal education is pricey. I'd guess the latter of those things separate most photographers from lawyers.

also attorneys have a lot of liability in giving out answers to questions without knowing situational context. They can lose their career over it. Camera topics are a different ball field.

This is a great example of a clueless photographer taking himself way too seriously and generally acting like a piece of s.

Are you seriously comparing advice on camera gears with advice on legal matters? Hasnt it occur to you that lawyers make their living on giving out legal advice, but your livelihood does not depend on advising people on cameras? This is not to mention that there are a host or legal and ethical rules dictating how an attorney should interact with his client. After talking to an innkeeper about camera do you also demand to stay in his hotel for free? Jesus, get a grip kiddo.

Dave Coates's picture

Camera Snobs. Seriously - yes, your Sony A10MQPQUITY is Super awesome and has some great features, but it costs more than I make in a month and you still take pictures in Creative Mode like an asshole driving a Ferrari with an automatic transmission. Just because its expensive, doesn't make you an better.

Dave Coates's picture

Just that there are some people who can afford the newest, coolest, fanciest tools, but don't really know what they are doing. Then get all condescending with someone who is or working on becoming better with a less fancy cool camera. Those types of people frustrate me. So do sports cars with automatic transmissions. :)

You missed my Number One: "You must have a really good camera."

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