Let this sink in when you’re looking! 🙂
I just wanted to say . . . If you find that you shoot in “Auto” more often than not, you probably aren’t a photographer. If you don’t know how to shoot in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Mode, you definitely aren’t a photographer. If you don’t know how to set your own custom white balance, you aren’t a photographer. Turning your camera at an angle isn’t “composing” a shot. There are “rules,” and they exist for a reason. If you don’t know what the rule of thirds is, or framing, symmetry, repetition, selective focus, or what leading lines are, you aren’t a photographer. If you don’t know what a gray card is, or how to use it, you aren’t a photographer. Do you know the difference between reflective light and incident light? A photographer would. Any idea what butterfly lighting is? Or Rembrandt lighting? Do you know what to do to hide a double chin? A photographer would know. The point of this post? I’m aggravated by the twelve-page list of “photographers” within 25 miles of my location who produce pictures so bad that I have a hard time understanding how they can call themselves photographers without feeling utterly ashamed of themselves. News flash . . . owning a nice camera doesn’t make you a photographer. What makes you a photographer is an understanding of composition, lighting, exposure, and other basics of general photographic theory. I mean seriously . . . do you even know what a silver halide crystal is? If you don’t, maybe you should take some classes or something before crediting yourself with an undeserved job title. Sorry for being ugly, folks, but I just can’t stand it anymore.
Picking up a camera doesn’t make you a photographer. Just like standing in front of one doesn’t make you a model.
Dear anonymodel, A little advice, free of charge. Owning a camera doesn’t make you a photographer. Just like owning a couch doesn’t make you an interior decorator. Operating a camera doesn’t make you a photographer either… in the same manner that operating a fork does not make you a chef. Know that the speed of relative success you’ve found as a model does not translate to the other side of the camera. You can’t rush it; it runs contrary to the patience required to get a grip on what you’re doing.
So the OP’s original question was, are these girls models if all they’re doing is posting their TF shoots on MS and FB…My answer would be no. Just like having a camera doesn’t make you a photographer…it makes you a person with a camera.
What makes you a photographer? Knowing your camera inside and out, being able to shoot in Manual mode and not P mode (P does NOT stand for Professional folks!). Understanding lighting, both natural and strobes and how to modify it.
Where I was going with this is that even without years of experience someone can still excel or have room to. I do a lot of work to some of my work. When I display unedited images some people like the way they look then but more so after the post processing. It’s sad but true that a lot of the general public doesn’t know a good image from a bad one, or at least in the eyes of an established professional. 🙂 As Janet once said, I’m really hard on myself when it comes to my work.