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How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb?

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I saw a photographer friend I know on twitter retweet another photographer I didn’t know about how many photographers it takes to change a light bulb. I loved it so much I wanted to put my own spin on it.

So, how many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 136.

  • 1 to actually change the light
  • 33 to say they could have done it better
  • 24 to say that there would have been more soul and dynamic range in the light bulb changing if they would have used film
  • 41 to say that no one should be paying attention to that photographer changing the light bulb because they’ve only been changing light bulbs for 2 years and with the digital age it’s just too easy for newbs to start changing light bulbs when they should be studying the art of light bulb changing
  • 3 to say that the photographer should only change lightbulbs on facebook — not on a blog (that’s a knock on my pal, DJ :P)
  • 17 to rhetorically ask “have they ever even used a darkroom???
  • 13 to pay absolutely no attention
  • 4 photographers to actually say “good for you!

So I’m sort of in that group of 13 that doesn’t really pay attention :) but aside from that, out of that whole group of photographers, I know that I would only want to be in the group of 4 photographers or the 1 photographer. The rest (aside from the silly jab at DJ) are annoying, in my opinion.

It’s way too easy to be cynical of everyone in the industry (in regard to their skill/success). Don’t do it. It’s tempting, I know. But it’s just so silly and inexpensive. And did I mention it’s useless? Because it is. Oh, and it’s lame too. Again, I know it’s tempting because some of the “rock star” photographers (who act like they are “anti-rock stars” — but they are “rock star” photographers just the same. They’re selling stuff to photographers who look up to them. Nothing wrong with that — but they’re the same.) make it sound cool to tweet and facebook how this photographer sucks, how the industry is soooo terrible, how that photographer shouldn’t be doing workshops, or how it’s way too easy for people to become pros these days — but it isn’t cool. In fact, it’s about as gay as it gets (and I say that affectionately as some of the people who are doing this are people I love dearly and who I know are otherwise great people).

So this is me saying I don’t think you should partake in this silly behavior. We live our lives far more effectively when we don’t knock people for silly reasons. Especially when we usually don’t know the photographer.

It reminds me of my uncle who’s a super successful businessman that I look up to. In talking about taxes (to which he told me he paid 6 figures in taxes), he said he could either waste energy getting worked up about how annoying it is that the government would take THAT much of his money (he wasn’t making millions a year, or anything) OR he could focus on becoming even more successful. I’ve always subscribed to this approach :)


On an unrelated note, how cute is this?!

This is Remmy and Trouble (our dogs) and Lindsay’s parents’ dogs, Gretchen and Uma. I’m in dog lover’s heaven out here in Nashville :)


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David Robertson - hahahahahah!! gotta love those 4 people ;) rare and far between!February 17, 2011 - 1:46 pm

ely - I feel you on this's nice to know that someone else out there wants to be one of the 4...or the 1. :)February 17, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Steph Irons - hey bobby i like it! a little bit along the same lines as my own blog yesterday - but mine was mainly dealing with film & digital (if ya wanna read it here it is: http://tinyurl.​com/4ekcej5 )February 18, 2011 - 12:00 am

Catie Stephens - Hey Bobby, thanks for posting this. Food for thought! Hope you, Lindsey and Clive are having a great time in Nashville. Would love to meet you sometime after you get settled back in SD.February 18, 2011 - 12:00 am

Steph Irons - hey bobby i like it! a little bit along the same lines as my own blog yesterday - but mine was mainly dealing with film & digital (if ya wanna read it here it is: )February 18, 2011 - 12:00 am

David Jay - I'm with you - the power goes to the person who acts ...did you know that originally light bulbs were wired all the way to the electrical box outside and in order to turn off a light you had to go outside. Thankfully over time innovation happened and switches came into existence but even with that it took conversation and convincing to get people to adopt it. Same thing happens with technology so I agree that many debates are worthless I would also say that the most dangerous group to be in would be the one that is claiming to not be paying any attention. Rock on, djFebruary 17, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Sarah P. - I'm SO glad you posted this. It's so true. I'm not a pro but I think I can take a decent photo but I'm so intimidated by all of the cattiness of most other photogs.February 17, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Bobby Earle - DJ, I only mean that I don't pay attention to other wedding photographers -- in regard to keeping up with their photos/blogs, and such ;)February 17, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Bella - just a little while back i had a photographer "email" me saying I couldn't be a photographer cause I hadn't been doing it long enough. I sent him a polite email back, but I never heard of him again and he never sent a website or anything attached to his name. I find it's way to easy to critize and attack people now with the internet. I took it as a compliment though, the guy took alot of time to write me that email! I must be doing something right. lol Great post. I often preach the same. <3February 18, 2011 - 12:52 am

Rebecca Ann - they are adorable!! although they look like they could use one more fuzzy friend. ;)February 19, 2011 - 12:00 am

tracey - Hey, thanks for that post. Amen. Feels good to hear someone say it. Have been totally chuckling at your "on an unrelated note" end to your posts. Especially this post. Way to soften the punch. (And I meant that in a totally good way.)February 25, 2011 - 9:05 pm

G - This "rockstar" and "anti-rockstar" applies to everything. a very very good point! Discovered this blog today and it is ultra awesomeness! :)October 7, 2011 - 8:43 am

Andy Garfitt (@AndyGarfitt) - @wedtog_com 14, 2011 - 7:43 am

R'laine - Love it. If I'm not the 1 then I'm definitely one of the 4, there's enough negative energy in the world without my adding to it. I actually enjoy the mental challenge of finding something good to say about even the worst of photos - but then again, my ex did always accuse me of being Pollyanna . . . . (BTW - just realised that I'm coming REAL LATE to this conversation, LOL.)May 22, 2013 - 1:41 pm

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