Having your portrait taken can seem a bit like a trip to the opticians or dentist—look this way, look that way, say ahhh.
The Creative Photographer : A Complete Guide to Photography by John Ingledew
Digital versus film is like choosing between a virtual world and the actual world. I know which world I like to live in.
The vogue for snapshot-style pictures of the famous in fashion magazines has devalued what photographers do. Some magazines now don't even bother to send a photographer with a journalist on an interview assignment—they simply get the journalist to take a few snaps once the interview is over.
An amateur wants to get thirty-six different pictures on one roll of film. A professional will take thirty-six rolls to get one picture.
Assistant's rule number one: an assistant should never ask a photographer's client if they can make an appointment to show their book. This is a fireable offense!
To physically handle the prints of any photographer's work is a much greater experience than viewing their work in any other way. It's as close as you can get—your vision with their vision—one degree of separation from what they saw.
By its nature photography is exploitative. It is after all called 'taking' pictures. You've been trusted, and you take something.
Using a twin-lens camera for photographing strangers is a much less aggressive way of taking pictures.You're looking down into a camera rather than directly in their eyes.
Photographers want an agent for their contacts within the creative industries. It can be very difficult for a new photographer to get appointments with some top creatives.