“U rock! This is such an incredible moment…what kind of camera do u use?”
Every photographer has heard something like this. Anyone who’s photographed an event in the past 5 years has had “that guy” come up to inspect and judge their ability based on the type of camera they use, often because the critic has a more expensive (or as they’d say, “better”) camera. And in a technologically dependent society that has produced cars that park themselves, this reaction can’t really be unexpected anymore.
I used to say something. I used to bring up all the time I spent learning how to use my equipment (and how much time I still put into that). I used to mention that a good chunk of my favorite photos–images I still use in portfolios–were taken on a camera that was nowhere near as advanced as what I shoot on now. I used to consider challenging them, giving them my DSLR and taking their point-and-shoot to show them that “better” tools can enable an artist’s abilities but cannot provide substance in the first place.
But none of that really sinks in or changes what the speaker thinks, so now I just sigh and answer them, then write about it on the internet.