the annoying comment....

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the annoying comment....

Just venting here....I have one family member who means well, but she ALWAYS is saying "oh your camera takes such great photos!" and it's really annoying me because in the past months and years (if you count nature photog as well as portrait photog) I have been studying my butt off trying to learn photography and trying to be a better photographer. And I've been using manual for a long time now. UGH. She hasn't once said "YOU take great pics!"

Here are a couple amusing and interesting reads I just came across:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/notcamera.htm

http://www.mcpactions.com/blog/2009/08/10/your-camera-takes-great-pictures/

http://www.gavingough.com/2009/01/has-this-ever-happened-to-you/

LOL thanks for letting me vent Smile

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I've gotten the same thing--so annoying! Nobody ever compliments an artist on his/her paints or brushes or a chef on his/her knives or oven. You've got to wonder.....

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Yeah, it reminded me of a great joke I read on Facebook about the lady who received that comment at a friend's dinner party so after the meal, she says "wow this dinner was delicious, you must have great pots!" LOL

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I have gotten it a few times. It does annoy me as well.

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Luckily my whole side of the family, and one or two of DH's side who also are interested in photography, DO say me and not the camera LOL

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Yeah, it reminded me of a great joke I read on Facebook about the lady who received that comment at a friend's dinner party so after the meal, she says "wow this dinner was delicious, you must have great pots!" LOL

that is awesome!!! so can you find something like that to say to that family member? ha ha ha seriously, I'd say something to her the next time she makes a comment like that. "it's not the camera, I work hard to take good pictures, I'd like you to acknowledge that" - put her right on the spot. but that's just me.

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Haha Gwen! I probably wouldn't say the joke outright to her (although I have posted a few things including that at FB where she reads) but I did actually say to her the other night in response: something like "they don't all look like that when they come out of the camera, I work with them afterwards to improve them for portraits..." and something about "I've been learning a LOT about portrait editing over the past months".

She's the type of person who hardly listens to people most of the time because she's too busy with her own train of thought, and my response went right through one ear out the other, it was obvious.

Next time it happens I'm going to say thanks but I create all the settings & results myself, not the camera! At which point, she'll think I'm being snooty and uptight, I'm sure! LOL

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say it and don't worry if she thinks you're being snooty. Smile

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I will be sure to; you've given me the guts to! Biggrin