I was walking down Broadway on my way to school from 14th the other day, and I happened upon a fashion shoot in the making on the sidewalk outside a store. The models were quite stunning, so the first thing I did was start snapping away.
Whoever was SUPPOSED to be shooting outside had an odd setup. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, since there were assistants and stylists fluttering about. One got real nasty with me, because I attracted a crowd of onlookers who also took out their cameras. I reminded him they were on the sidewalk (fair game) and continued on my way.
This brings up a question though: who is a professional photographer these days? EVERY tourist has a fancy DSLR, and maybe a couple lenses. Sure the photographer for this shoot had people there to style and light, but they could have been friends. I think about this a lot, because in the age of 0’s and 1’s, just about anyone can take a great picture. There is discipline involved in photography, but I feel that if you have the patience to learn the skills, anyone can be a photographer. It is no longer the secret art of Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, and the daguerreotype.