The Hasselblad H4D-60. The most expensive camera in production to be used by the general public. It costs about $40,000. Only a true photographer would be able to wield a camera of this stature, but what exactly makes a person a true photographer? These days the definition is much different than what it used to be.
In the early days of the art of photography, it would take 20 to 30 minutes to take a single photograph, and now in a matter of seconds you can snap a picture, edit it, post it to Facebook, and print off six hundred copies without missing a beat; but if you want to rise above the ranks of amateur and actually be called a photographer, you’ll have to do something even crazier than taking a picture of flowers at an unusual angle. Photos of this magnitude include taking a picture of a dirt road and giving it an auburn effect to make it look old, photo-shopping your head on a famous persons body, taking a picture of any part of Nicolas Cage, or even going so far as to take the most unparalleled, unprecedented, make-you-a-photographer-the-moment-you-take-it photograph ever... Taking a picture of a chair in black and white. After completing the steps to become a photographer, one will have a set of tasks to complete. The first of which is obtaining a digital camera, preferably the Hasselblad H4D-60. Second is taking a picture of anything and everything under the sun, moon, stars, and any other source of light. Third is editing your interests on Facebook to include photography. Fourth is blaming why you don’t have a job and/or a steady income on the fact that you’re a freelance photographer, and last, but certainly not least, is starting up your own photography studio in your basement and giving it a clever name like “*insert last name here* photography: for all of those times that you want to spend large amounts of money on photographs that may or may not turn out to be a complete waste of time.” As you’ve probably noticed, the slogan after the name is just as important as the name itself.
Photography is important in today's society because we need to remember every single waking moment of every day. So the next time you’re taking a picture, look around. If you have a black and white setting on your camera, and you see a chair nearby, snap the photo. It could be the start of a lifelong career without having to deal with any pesky college degrees.
By Rydge Craker
Photos by Ashley Hentges