http://www.flickr.com/groups/assignmenthouston/discuss/72157629489723425/ has a classic example of what I was talking about. This is one of the local forums that I frequent often. Lately however it has turned into people posting “opportunities” for photography when in reality, they are there with hats in hands looking for someone to give them free photography.
It would be fair enough if they just said “Look, we don’t have money, but we want to get decent pictures and would appreciate it if you can help us out. We’ll treat you like you’re a welcome guest, you can use your best judgement on what works best, and we’ll give you artistic freedom”. As it often happens however, no good deed goes unpunished.
In this case, the Opera is getting people to donate their time, skills, and equipment on a nightly basis, show up on time, be respectful of the venue, and give them pictures that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars. Instead of being appreciative, the director allegedly belittles the photographer in front of everybody.
The sad part is that instead of rallying around the photographer by boycotting such free work, there is probably going to be a line of other guys taking her place and thus approving this action. And then photographers bitch and whine to each other about how making money off photography is such a tough gig and blame new cameras and other things.
Photography and other aspects of life are not so different: If you want others to value your work, you should first value it yourself. This is the case with your professional career and even in our relationships.
Back to the photoblog. Here is an old picture I took with my D40 from about 3 years ago. It was taken with a timer and I had to raise up the camera with the tripod as a boom over the fenced out part of the overpass. I think this was JPG straight out of the camera too as I didn’t do raw processing then. That D40 was a nice camera.