Photographer Heroically Attempts to Go Entire Day Without Complaining

Photographer Heroically Attempts to Go Entire Day Without Complaining

Los Angeles, CA: A Southern California photographer recently caught the attention of his peers as he heroically attempted to go an entire day without complaining, making it into the early evening before he was derailed by the announcement of another Canon camera without 4K.

The photographer, Jason Berry, announced his intentions to his colleagues and friends on Facebook on January 26:

Jason Berry

January 26 at 10:38 a.m.

Friends, family, and colleagues: tomorrow, I'm going to attempt one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'm going to go an entire day without complaining about anything related to photography: no snippy comments in the local Facebook group about Ted's obsession with frequency separation, no mumbling under my breath about that photographer down the street doing mini sessions for $30, no Facebook rants about my clients. I'm turning over a new leaf of positivity. Please help me do this: supportive texts, a high five, or maybe even a chocolate chip cookie will all help me accomplish this goal.

Non-photography friends were initially a bit bemused, with one noting:

I mean, I'm all about positivity, but is it really that horrendous a task to avoid being negative for a day? Maybe there's something about the photography industry I don't know about. It just seems like Jason is being a bit dramatic about this.

Photography friends, on the other hand, were a bit skeptical:

It's not possible. You've got people thinking that telling you you have a nice camera is a compliment, clients who want raw files, wedding guests jumping in front of you with cell phones, and for the love of all things photographic, would someone please tell Ted to cool it with the frequency separation?

Fstoppers spoke with Berry at noon the next day, halfway through his attempt, and he admitted he may have bitten off more than he could chew:

I thought I could go about my normal routine and just not complain when something upset me. Boy, was I wrong. Have you been on the Internet? There are so many people who are wrong there. What am I supposed to do!? Just let them be wrong and worry about my own work!? 

Berry realized he wouldn't be able to make it without drastic measures:

I logged out of Facebook, my email, Twitter, and Instagram. When I realized I might be tempted to log back in, I shut my computer off. When I realized I might be tempted to turn it back on, I called the electric company and told them to shut off my power. 

Berry made it through the next few hours in the dark, a bit cold and nervous, but ok. Unfortunately, while disconnecting his computer, he overlooked his cell phone. At 5:12 p.m., he received a text from a fellow photographer:

Ugh, can you believe Canon just announced another camera without 4K? Welcome to 2011, am I right?

Incensed, Berry couldn't stop his thumbs from instinctively drifting toward the Facebook app on his phone, where he updated his status:

Jason Berry

January 27 at 5:16 p.m.

Ugh, I'm sorry, I tried so hard, but really though, Canon?! Are you stuck in the Stone Age? I can't believe this. My phone shoots 4K! GET.👏 IT.👏 TOGETHER.  #thinkingofswitchingtoSony

While he unfortunately fell short, Fstoppers' research confirms that Berry's run of just over 17 hours without complaining may still qualify as the American record, with Luc Bernard of France still holding the world record at 19 hours and 28 minutes. 

Lead image by Tim Gouw, used under Creative Commons.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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"making it into the early evening before he was derailed by the announcement of another Canon camera without 4K"
I can relate ;)

Don't get me started on Lightroom.. and how much RAM could Photoshop possibly need? And why the hell can't every camera have IBIS? And when is Sigma going to make a 70-200mm Art lens? Why the hell does the Canon C200 not record ProRes??

Made my day!

Single best post ever on Fstoppers! Thanks for brightening my own day of complaining.

Glad I could help. :)

Once I went 9 hours but when I woke up Panasonic removed IBIS from the GH5s... So... You know.

This article puts the biggest smile on my face ;)

That was HILARIOUS!!
Thank you.

So heroic...

This was so good that there aren't even any complaints in the comments! Hilarious post! 😀

I must be getting better at these then. :P

Actually, I reckon it's a sign you're losing your touch! 😛 (of course I'm kidding) Half the fun used to be reading the comments of those who completely missed the point. Where have those people gone to for this article? They're letting me down! 😉

So keep up the good work Alex, your satire pieces are always great value. Hopefully the "best" commenters will come back next time around...

The prize of lenses? What the $#%

good stuff alex!! hehehe!

Alex, your writing deserve a whole new category, theonion.fstoppers

I second that. So good!

Yay. Love a place with a sense of humor.


Another hilarious article, thanks Alex!

there ya go, throwing the term hero around for doing nothing. the guys getting shot at or saving babies from fires are heroes, not a guy for trying to keep his mouth shut.

You had me at "another Canon camera without 4K"
As Homer Simpson says, "It's funny because it's true."

Wait did this guy write this article about me????

Hahaha I suppose I was eventually going to name someone who reads the site when I make these fake names.

THIS 👏 ARTICLE 👏 THOUGH 👏😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 <- Laughing through the pain of being a Canon shooter and am #alsothinkingofswitchingtosony

I can tell you all about being a Canon shooter and (partially) switching to Sony. 😂 Feel free to ask if you're curious!

I love storytime with Alex 🤓

I started that way as well Alex. Now a full Sony shooter. No regrets except for the cost of switching.

Put a smile on me after a long day hahaha

Alex. I relaly enjoy your articels, and the humour ones are just spot on.