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These days everyone is a photographer These days everyone is a photographer
I’m writing this post in Central Park (the one in Banff, not New York). I’m loving it here, especially since I’m not doing any markets this year.... These days everyone is a photographer

I’m writing this post in Central Park (the one in Banff, not New York). I’m loving it here, especially since I’m not doing any markets this year. You’d think (at least I did, last summer) that the tourists would buy lots of local art pictures here, but most of them are more interested in snapping selfies from their selfie sticks. That invention is arguably the biggest statement you could possibly make about being a “fauxtographer“: someone who pretends to be a photographer but really has no clue what they’re doing.

“These days everyone is a photographer”

Someone told me that last year, right here at the Farmers Market. In a way, it’s true. You could run to Costco and about $599 or so later you call yourself a photographer. Shoot one or two weddings for 500 bucks and you’ve made your business investment back in one evening. Soon-to-be-married couples beware! I’ve been asked to reshoot weddings after the actual day, so the couple “at least has something”, even though it was a few weeks later. Everyone is a photographer? I wish that were true.

It takes practise and a lot of years of experience to be able to call yourself a photographer – and just like with anything else some are just better at it than others. It takes time to discover and develop your personal style of photography, and what camera you have has very little to do with it.

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Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca