You Know You’re An Old Photographer When…
I’m told that I’m rapidly becoming my dad, and do indeed find myself saying some very “grumpy old man” things. Here’s my guide to spotting the warning signs that you might be turning into – gulp – an old photographer.
- You refer to “film speeds” and “ASA” rather than “ISO”.
- You get misty-eyed at the mention of terms like “bakelite”, “ID11” and “twin lens reflex”.
- At exhibitions, you will bore anyone who will listen by extolling the virtues of film grain over digital noise.
- Most of your shots are taken at standing eye-level because you know if you get down on the floor for a better angle, you mightn’t get up again.
- Your shed, loft and/or spare room is full of old photography magazines that you’re hanging onto because you just know that tip on page 19 about buying tripods will be useful one day.
- You talk about how the industry isn’t what it was and how great the wedding market used to be.
- You take more and more equipment to shoots – just in case.
- You buy khaki/camouflage clothing from the back pages of photography magazines which has plenty of pockets for those extra little gizmos.
- You used to be able to hand-hold at 1/30th of a second and now need a tripod for 1/250th.
- You take a chair on location shoots.
- You find you fancy the models’ mums more than the models.
Perhaps you know some other tell-tale signs..?