Buying a DSLR doesn’t make you a photographer

Published: September 10, 2011

Owning an expensive DSLR is kind of like having the best backpack in the 2nd grade, and the best Pokemon cards in the 8th grade

Don’t do it. I’m not asking you to not jump off a cliff (though you shouldn’t do that either). I’m asking you to not commit the most heinous crime in the history of photography.

Don’t buy a Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera (DSLR)

In a new trend, that is spreading like wildfire around Pakistan, almost everyone is ditching their old Sony Cybershots for state of the art cameras with the ability to zoom in perfectly on their ex-girlfriend’s facial hair. This is all in a bid to capture the same moments you normally would – except in higher resolution.

But is there really a point? I don’t think so.

This isn’t an article about the practicality of the purchase; it is an article bringing to light the mentality of the purchaser.

More than half the people who own an expensive DSLR do so because somehow it is the new iPod – a necessary item to be possessed by anyone who wants to feel ‘accepted’. It is kind of like having the best backpack was in the 2nd grade, and the best Pokemon cards were in the 8th grade.

The worst part is that most of the people who own a DSLR have no real knowledge of how to properly use their device, but just because they own one, their entire posse exalts them to the level of some great photographer.

Suddenly, a picture of the sky will seem gorgeous. A stray dog on the corner of your street will seem like the perfect picture to represent the “conditions of your mulk, yo.”

Naturally, you run around everywhere with your camera – poking it into random areas and trying to look sophisticated adjusting settings (of course you are  just fiddling with the buttons figuring out their functions.)

Possessing this camera is going to make you feel like a god.

It doesn’t matter whether you take a picture of your friends striking awkward poses or a picture of an open sewer line, they will be filed under the same folder. That folder will ingeniously be named ‘Randoms’. No matter what picture you upload, it will be showered with praise. The pixels will transcend all worldly boundaries and attain a level of absolute beauty. Plato will roll over in his grave.

Beneath your photo of the gutter will appear generous comments:

“This picture is beautiful, bro. It speaks to me”

“You are so talented, man” is the comment you will receive on the 1,200 consecutive picture you have taken of the same cloud.

Yes sir, your photographic talent will break all known conventions. You are probably as talentless as you were without a camera, but in the race for social ranking your reputation will ascend by leaps and bounds. You will attach irrelevant meanings to everything you see; becoming one with the universe through your lens.

You will scoff when your friend will pull out an old, traditional digital camera.

Very few of you will ever go through the hassle of learning techniques and improving skills to turn the hobby into a career. But for the majority, this niche of individuals will be forgotten. Their expensive Nikons and Canons are the loves of their lives – for a while.

So if you’re not on the bandwagon yet, save yourself the 15 minutes of air-headedness you’ll feel as you race around town taking pictures of stray cats as part of your ‘Wildlife’ catalogue.

Wait for the iPhone 5 to come out instead.

Ovais.Munshi

Ovais Munshi

The author is LUMS undergrad majoring in Biology who has previously coached an A'level debate team and is now making slow progress towards a grad school portfolio. He tweets @grumpcoach

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noman.ansari Noman Ansari

    Suddenly, a picture of the sky will
    seem gorgeous. A stray dog on the
    corner of your street will seem like
    the perfect picture to represent the
    “conditions of your mulk, yo.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

    Dude you speak the truth. I mean, I don’t mind people getting DSLRs, if it means that even a percentage of them will learn to use the thing and be more creative.

    I don’t even mind them posting these pictures on facebook. But the comments people post are so pretentious! Recommend

  • Parvez

    You’ve said it like it should be said, but will they listen ? I doubt it.
    I remember the feeling you’re talking about. My first camera was an Ashai Pentex SLR with a 1.4 lense and I was over the moon. Today I use a small point and shoot digital box that fits in my pocket, with some odd sounding name but it works fine for me. I suppose you live and learn.Recommend

  • http://www.utterlyurban.com/ A

    So very true. Nicely written.Recommend

  • http://www.the-dslr-photographer.com Chio

    Wonderful article. Thousands of photographers with DSLR cameras upload their pics on flickr, after running them through tens of filters and then calling it art. They’re not willing to learn anything about photography, or trying to understand it, they just know that when you have a big black device hanging around your neck, you are better than the rest with tiny pocket sized cams.

    Unfortunately, that’s what we have when people don’t know what to do to impress others and don’t know how to spend their money. But who are we to judge :)Recommend

  • http://umerhussein.blogspot.com/ umar

    LOL.so true.
    And you forgot to mention the facebook pages exhibiting their talent of fatoo-graphee and their names iownaDSLR photography and the display picture which is mostly a self shot with a big ass DSLR in their hands :D
    a very nice depiction of this phenomena by Arslan on link text

    is this one

    link textRecommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Nailed it.. If you wanna be a good photographer buy an SLR manual film camera to master the art of light capturing the hard way. The issue with the DSLR technology is its span will be imited by it image resolution. some yeas back 10 was ruling now its 36 mp and progressing. So art in photography cant be claimed by just getting a DSLR.Recommend

  • Haroon

    It is very easy to see that the person who wrote this article would have gone thorugh the same emotions when buying a DSLR or any other gadget for tat matter. Hello! please try to understand that not everyone is as shallow as you. Either theres something wrong with you or theres something wrong with the people you are in the company of most of the time. Observing the shallowness of a group of people and narrating your observations of their behaviour on facebook and your subsequent emotions of carnal jealousy and being intimidated should not be the reason for telling people not to do something. Dude! get a life!Recommend

  • http://bakedsunshine.wordpress.com/ Shumaila

    Couldn’t agree more with you. What annoys me most is when these people bring their bulky cameras to get togethers or events where really what you need is a pocket camera to get as many snaps of stuff conveniently. Unless you’re hiring a photographer to take shots along with it or you plan on spending the entire party fiddling with your camera instead of enjoying the evening, then its okay, otherwise its just pointless.

    Also, if I have to see another cloud album I will kill myself.Recommend

  • Talha

    Already bought and sold a DSLR, I was a “fotographar” too for a few days taking pictures of leaves and trains.

    I even dreamt that I was working for Playboy, but alas it wasn’t to be as I grew tired of this useless DSLR.Recommend

  • MBN

    This is so true. Im sick of this retarded trend. People with not a hint of creative or artistic ability take random lopsided photos with auto settings showing depth of field and a buttload of bokeh and voila, you’re a friggin genius.

    Stop wasting money, buy some pants and underwear instead. And wear the latter on your head. Makes you look less of a fool.Recommend

  • Anthony

    Hmmm …maybe having a blog doesn’t make you insightful.
    I tend to think most people move up in cameras out of an appreciation of photography and a desire to create the sorts of artistic images that they see others creating.

    It’s true many struggle with all the dials and controls and have no idea what they are doing but the learning curve of photography and advanced cameras is pretty steep. At some point we all didn’t know what we now know: everyone with a SLR was a doofus spinning dials.

    I wonder if this guy has an SLR and is speaking from experience or if he just sits at home writing stories about why people shouldn’t enjoy the things they enjoy.

    Reminds me of Conan O’Brian words as he signed off of The Tonight Show:

    “All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere.”Recommend

  • http://lastrhyme.blogspot.com/ Danny Phantom

    Duh? So does that mean it is absurd if I buy something that can help me with my passion?

    I agree with you in everything but dude – “We are Humans” We get excited for every new thing that is shiny or has an Apple sticker on it.

    But I may also say that buying something before even mastering the first level of it is pretty stupid.
    Professional Photographers can take good photos even with a 100$ cam.

    That’s all. But if you really think that you have pretty much gotten into the first level then you can go to the second one. But it is stupid if someone buys a professional equipment on the first day.Recommend

  • Ovais Rasheed

    @Haroon:

    I’d love to hear your supporting arguments for your claims on my emotional capacity. However, that would detract from the purpose of the article. Please understand that I’m not on a witch-hunt for people who own DSLRs, but the fact of the matter is that there are always people who get carried away further than the rest each time a new trend sweeps through. This satirical article is written in reference to that niche which, to the best of my knowledge, is growing – not to blame, but to entertain.

    But I guess you were too busy extrapolating emotions of carnal jealousy and intimidation on my part to have a sense of humor.Recommend

  • R

    @Haroon:

    See the part where this article is posted under ‘The Way I See It’ category? It’s the author’s own opinion, and while you’re entitled to your own opinion too, it’s nice to not be rude.Recommend

  • Lincoln

    Isn’t this article about how pretentious DSLR owners are, slightly pretentious itself?
    Where does the author think he learned how to be a great photographer himself? Certainly he is not naive enough to believe that he himself did not have to go through an early experimental period where he was learning the concepts of understanding composition, capturing interesting subjects and the abstract nature of light? Taking photos of gutters, and shots of clouds and stray cats are part of that learning process into developing into a well-versed, mature photographer, and I am sure the author has many folders of these kinds of photos himself from his early years. And if photography is meant to arouse emotions in us, even if an amateur photographer uploads photos that “speak” to his friends, then so what? Is the author belittling the happiness, sadness or any plethora of human emotions that the viewer/audience is feeling? This article was difficult to read without sensing a hint of jealousy and even elitism on the part of the author for his understanding of what “real” or “high” photography is. Photography is fun, for everybody; DSLRs are great tools – and it is good for the world, not bad, that more people have access to such wonderful tools. Recommend

  • Naveed

    @Haroon….I have to agree with you on this…instead of demoralizing the youngsters the writer should have given some hints and techniques which would have helped the new DSLR owners to learn the various tact of a good photography. for those who are saying that a DSLR is just the same as the old SLRs or the cybershot cameras are living in fools paradise. regardless of the surge in megapixel, DSLRs give you the freedom of improvising and shooting the same shot into so many different ways …without using the filters of course and the wide variety of lenses which can be switched over too. there are tens and thousands of websites which can help one shoot better. yes the major chunk of the owners will not go to the hassle of switching over to manual mood or any other mood other than the Auto mode, but they should be encouraged to learn a thing or two rather than being demoralized the way the writer has tried to do. i urge the writer to be more open-minded in his write ups. Recommend

  • Naveed

    and there’s no way you can compare a DSLR with those iphones….Hell no!Recommend

  • http://www.sidrahmoizkhan.blogspot.com Sidrah Moiz Khan

    Hahaha! Well, honestly, even if somebody buys it and ‘tries’ to be a photographer, who cares? Let me be.Recommend

  • Batool Ali

    My point exactly! Buying a DSLR is perfectly fine, although I agree, most are just getting them for the sake of being “in”.

    Of course not everyone is as gifted as others and not everyone has the sense of art, composition, blah. And there is nothing wrong with that. But how about just going through the manual once if you are not able to figure out the functions yourself? I mean you own a DSLR, you should at least know how it works and what options it has. At least pretend to?

    Oh, and you forgot to mention the numerous fan pages of the self proclaimed photographers who decide their seemingly extraordinary photos require international recognition.Recommend

  • Batool Ali

    Okay, so I just read umar had already brought up my concern regarding the facebook fan pages.Recommend

  • Adnan Tariq

    i feel your pain brother…….. tired of people making a new facebook page about their so called talent… Recommend

  • me

    it seems like u dont have one dslr and the will to move to a better camera. dont worry. u can stick to ur mobile phone camera !Recommend

  • http://samosaplate.blogspot.com Sajid I. Barcha

    I find this blog pretty cynical. In last year or two, I too haven seen Canons and Nikons featuring in “Profile Pictures” on a more regular basis. I too had one such profile picture. (But I am son to one professional photographer, brother to another, nephew to half a dozen, and cousin to a over a dozen, so don’t include me in that niche yet.)

    The reason why I think this blog is cynical is because, if you never buy a DSLR, you will never master photography. A DSLR is more than just zooming and higher pixels. DSLR gives you great control over how much light you want in your pictures. How much “blur” you want of certain objects and what degree of sharpness you would like. Point & Shoot is a toy, iPhone 5 can be substitute for a P&S Camera, but neither iPhone 5 nor any sort of P&S camera can do what even a basic DSLR can.

    If you never own a DSLR, you will never learn photography. If you can afford one, then I say, buy one. However, be honest to yourself, if you want to buy one to show off, don’t waste your money. Borrow someone else’s and take a picture of yourself in a mirror. Recommend

  • http://thedayisgreen.wordpress.com Azhar Ali

    Nice one. but you speak like an orthodox molvi who believes and makes others believe that religion is a domain which he can exclusively explore. Even if people don’t know nothing about photography, yet they derive small pleasure from taking shots and getting some comments from friends.

    Phew to you Munshi!Recommend

  • ali

    there is nothing wrong about people buying DSLRs and then uploading pics on their personal pages.

    However, if someone tries to pass themselves off as a pro photographer creating a dedicated page for it, thats a problem. BUT I have seen that those with dedicated pages are actually not bad at all and with some more work could become very good. So stop the discouraging.Recommend

  • http://depthofocus.wordpress.com Hashim Nauman

    Kia angoor waqi khattay hotay hein?!Recommend

  • Maria Kaiwan

    lol nice article. you should also check this comic out its by ” comics by arslan” its a facebook page, got around 6000 likes. there are some fake people running other pages with that name too but check out the original one with around 6000 likes.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=205711889481238&set=a.189601687758925.57191.189595927759501&type=1&theaterRecommend

  • salman shahzad

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA funniest article ever! In these times of hardship and sorrow,dude i felt “you really spoke to me” :pRecommend

  • Sama Ahmad

    I think some people are taking what you wrote waaaaaaay too seriously. LOL. Where I dont think that every person who buys a DSLR is a pretentious fudge there are too many who are. It somehow makes the picture look nice.. even if its nonsense otherwise. Nicely written though.. made me laugh all the way through.

    p.s I think all those complaining own DSLR’s too and you just hit a nerve. But hey that my opinion and im entitled to have one!! Recommend

  • http://www.thephotowork.com Muhammad Furqan

    Good article very well written.

    http://www.thephotowork.com/confessions-of-a-facebook-photographer/%5BConfessions of a Facebook Photographer][1]Recommend

  • http://www.imomair.com M.Omair

    Really true. If someone trying to learn than its fine but completing the wishlist is just wasting money and showoff. I have a good DSLR and i am still a learner and doing photography all around the Pakistan since 5years I don’t categorize my photography level but at least i don’t showoff and i use it when i really need it with care of shutter counts :DRecommend

  • KolachiMom

    “No matter what picture you upload, it will be showered with praise. The pixels will transcend all worldly boundaries and attain a level of absolute beauty. Plato will roll over in his grave.”

    This literally made me LOLRecommend

  • India.

    Awesome article. Loved it. I am a trekker and i spend the summers trekking in the Indian Himalayas. Every single person advises me to buy a DSLR. Having a dslr is a great boon to trekkers but i still do not own one and neither do i plan on getting one. Why ? Because when you’re on a himalayan trek, things like water,food,first aid,clothes etc take priority over all else, carrying these supplies in your back pack slows you down. Along with all these things the last thing i want to carry heavy cameras or tripods. Also, since it rains heavily in the himalayas, why risk carrying expensive gadgets? So anyways, most people think i am foolish to carry my digicams on my advdentures. I think it is for the best.Recommend

  • Ovais Rasheed

    @Lincoln:

    I don’t own a DSLR. The only camera I have is the 2 megapixel one on my phone. Sorry to burst your bubble? Recommend

  • Ovais Rasheed

    @Naveed:

    Again, I don’t own a DSLR, I’m not interested in handing out tips. I’m only writing this in order to entertain, with the subject being the growing number of people who see high tech gadgets as a status symbol rather than appreciating it as a way of climbing up the skill ladder.

    You see, it’s not like these cameras haven’t been around for a long while, but only recently have people gone crazy buying them. Doesn’t that strike you as odd? Even if I remove all bias (of which, honestly, I have none to begin with) you should consider the possibility that several, if not all, of the people who buy these products are doing so they don’t feel left out.

    It is that possibility I kept in mind while writing this. PURELY for humorous purposes.Recommend

  • Saniya

    Hahahah, SO. FRICKIN. TRUE!!! I have SO many people around me uploading millions of pictures on Facebook from their DSLRs of the same, annoying pointless thing or perhaps a real huge close up of their face which sparks the comments as mentioned in the article.
    True, not EVERYONE who owns it is just a wannabe but unfortunately, a vast majority is.Recommend

  • Shahid

    We have more important issues to deal with.Recommend

  • Muhammad Sarmad Hafeez

    In the most non offensive way possible I am using my right of disagreement. By just logging on to flickr.com you can see the true face of Pakistan. The land of beauty, culture and above all purity. And these DSLR’s have a great role in showing this image of Pakistan to the world.Recommend

  • Ovais Rasheed

    @Sajid I. Barcha:

    I agree with you when you say I’m being cynical in my writing, but I hope you appreciate that it’s not in an attempt to discourage or begrudge any person with a DSLR. I agree completely that you do have to buy high-er end cameras if you’re very passionate about learning photography. But I’ll reiterate my earlier point – these cameras have been around for a long while, and only now has the craze of buying them shot up, which is what strikes me as odd.

    The comparison between a DSLR and iPhone 5 is not in terms of their photographic capability but their value as a status symbol (which is also essentially what the write-up is about.)

    Essentially the last 2 sentences of your comment are the crux of my article; Glad we agree! =DRecommend

  • Sohaib Khan

    :D So damn true..seriously. Now I feel bad for myself..I should have opted for an iPad 2 instead :) but apart from what all you have said, I personally believe, buying a DSLR is good choice, even if you know the least about photography. If one desires to learn the nitty gritty of pro-photography or merely wants to polish one’s skills even to the mediocre level (if there is any), a point & shoot cam will take you to a certain (low) level only. It’s not always just about taking snaps of stray dogs or sewerage pipes or broken roads or vagabond clouds for that matter…it’s about changing the way you look at things. Agreed, a dog will still be a dog whether you use a $60 point&shoot or a $1200 DSLR but the way you capture the colors and light all around that dog (dog included as well) differs by huge amount. When you see a naive person playing around with his (D)SLR, pushing buttons arbitrarily, zooming in & out and taking ten snaps of a single thing, it shows his/her interest in learning. Off course you cannot expect him/her to cram all that written material about pro-photography and then buy a cam and put it all to use. You need to have one in your hands in order to learn. So next time you see a fresh entrant uploading a nice pic of anything, take it as a good sign of him/her putting his/her time into learning something better, rather straying around like that dog, or sitting like one near one of those sewerage pipes. Those who can afford getting one, should get one, those who cannot, should stick with whatever cam they currently have because in the end what all actually matter is the picture itself that you have taken and not what you took it with. Just an FYI..I bought a DSLR after taking pictures using my cell(s) camera for around 7 years :) Happy snapping my fellow snappers :)Recommend

  • Tughral T Ali

    You said it!! You cant buy talent.. some people are gifted with it and some have to work really hard to develop it. But just going out there and buying yourself a DSLR does nothing to enhance you as an artist.
    its just like buying an expensive pair of track shoes and thinking you’ve turned into a sprinter..Recommend

  • Taha Ali

    Yup it is really true; i have experience of D90 DSL and D80 DSL Nikon , but brother guide me out how to use it, if i use Flash while taking picture it will Flate your image edges, and low down the picture quality, really , Photography isnt a fun, concept and ideas are indeed.Recommend

  • Moin

    I totally disagree with this guy! when someone buys a “better” equipment / gadget – it doesn’t mean that he’s going professional even if he learns those “tips and tricks” . Next thing you know, they’ll want them to start a photography business since they’ve a DSLR and know how it works?

    Why buy a better laptop when you can get a Pentium 4 desktop for your facebook needs?Recommend

  • faiza

    i agree a hundred and ten percent as an aspiring photographer i see my peers who are well off buying dslr’s that cost a fortune and then taking utterly random pictures that makes you want to pull your hair out !people who don’t know how to use a dslr SHOULD NOT BUY IT! i say lets switch back to slr’s ! Recommend

  • Hassan Ejaz

    seems like you don’t own a DSLR and your jealous!!! get a life and start writing about something meaningful in life.. just saying!!Recommend

  • Ovais Rasheed

    @Hassan Ejaz:

    By your own logic, seems that you don’t have a blog on the Tribune and are just jealous!!! get a life and write your own meaningful article…just saying!!Recommend

  • Ovais Rasheed

    @Hashim Nauman:

    Fruit related questions ke liye Rehman Malik se rujooh farmayain.Recommend

  • Ovais Rasheed

    @Muhammad Sarmad Hafeez:

    Sir I agree completely with your opinion! There are a lot of dedicated individuals capturing the beauty within our borders in the most amazing ways possible. I’m a fan of their work and will hug them if I ever come across them.

    I am not a fan of people who will spend ridiculous amounts of money on these cameras for the sake of showing off. They don’t get any hugs.Recommend

  • Sahir

    Let em be happy…& u be happy too Yo
    “kissi seh kissi aur ki khushi nahin dekhi jati”Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/AlabbasMir Ghazanfar Mir

    LOL – absolutely realistic article. And guess what, as soon as they (so called photographers) return from a trip, their facebook friends would get to know that 300 photos have been uploaded to the new folder called “Trip to Nathia Gali” :)
    I don’t mind all this, being a student of photography atleast I won’t upload all the 200 pictures because it doesn’t make sense. Photography doesn’t mean you upload whatever you get in your memory card. With photography one should develop the sense of observing pictures which should and shouldn’t go into your portfolio. But again, one can buy camera worth thousands, but can’t buy the art of photography itself.Recommend

  • Emaar

    Everyone has a full chance to learn and try. This article simple show the writer potential to keep a person away from hiss dreams coming true. I guess your parent have trusted u also when u first drew drawing n it was pathetic but they trusted u and u got better with over time. Don’t underestimate someone who have urge to learn and u pull them back. Everyone has a chance to learn!Recommend

  • http://www.dehog.net Shahzad Khan

    I own a DSLR and I m by no means a photographer. And I whole heartedly agree to this.Recommend

  • http://zahra zahra

    this is so bloody true! excellent.you said what I have wanted to for a very long time. Recommend

  • sameel

    and writing for E-Tribune doesn’t makes you a blogger :DRecommend

  • Naveed

    @Ovais Rasheed…….the single biggest factor that has influenced the surge in DSLR sales has been the phenomenal decrease in its prices. if you had the chance of doing your proper homework, you would have come across the fact that the prices have now dropped by 10% in the last 2 years thus making it possible for the general public to have access to once expensive gadget. you also mentioned that you wrote the article for purely entertainment/humorous purpose and regardless of the fact that I have no intention to demean an otherwise good write-up, you should have realized that the fall out of reckless and poorly researched article can be colossal. since you also mentioned that you use your 2 MP camera in your cell phone, its hardly appropriate for you to write on something that you have no information about. ………….one more thing…….dnt never comment back on your own blog…….its like a quicksand….drags you all the way down the bottom. Recommend

  • http://dodgeaurburn.wordpress.com Quratulain Khalid (Annie)

    By the end of the day it's your own talent that keeps you going. I agree that good equipment plays a rather significant role in 'enhancing' one's work but one needs to have the creative eye to watch, observe and capture the right moment.

    Having said that, I think people should check out NAN GOLDIN’s work on the web. You might think, “WTF why is SHE considered to be such a great photographer?” Because in most of her work you might feel that her compositions are way off but it’s the stories behind those images that made her known throughout the world. She’s good with documentory photography.

    Now for the equipment bit, honestly, this is just the way I purchased an accoustic guitar back in my teens and assumed that it made me a musician :D and now it eats dust under my bed. Im actually planning to give to my 14 year old cousin. BUT it was fun even when I couldn’t pluck out a pleasant tune :) Recommend

  • http://www.lolzstudios.com Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi

    Interesting article, Something a lot of people feel. Unfortunately, The way you went about the whole thing was, IMHO, pretty sad. Firstly, The trend you talk about, may be annoying for most people, but I do believe its about time you start getting used to it. You sound like one of those people that shrug off mobile phones in the early 90s saying who needs a mobile phone when they have access to landlines/payphones everywhere, but eventually the technology caught on. DSLR’s are here to stay, and owning one is everyone’s right. Infact, I dont believe making a fanpage and calling yourself a pro is wrong. If you dont like their work, give them your constructive criticism or just ignore them.

    Lastly, You wont succeed if you don’t fail, I personally think the whole DSLR fad is helping in improving the art. Once upon a time, anyone who owned a DSLR was a good photographer, Now, Only people with real talent end up getting the top spot. So its eventually all for the better. :)

    p.s. Stop hating. If you can afford, You should get it.Recommend

  • sara

    Kudos to the writer!! ……well articulated facts! :)Recommend

  • Bilal

    “In a new trend, that is spreading like wildfire around Pakistan, almost everyone is ditching their old Sony Cybershots for state of the art cameras with the ability to zoom in perfectly on their ex-girlfriend’s facial hair. This is all in a bid to capture the same moments you normally would – except in higher resolution.”

    Dude you don’t buy a DSLR to get the zoom ability or higher resolution. You have to buy a zoom lens for that specific function and DSLR kits usually don’t come with a zoom lens. There are many point and shoots with great zooming capabilities and hi-res sensors which come at a fraction of the price.

    You buy a DSLR because of the customization options it provides. You can go from using a fisheye lens to a macro or a tele-zoom and also have control over everything the camera does, like aperture, shutter speed an ISO. P&S don’t usually provide that much control.

    Well, if you knew about photography, you would have known. It is a nice and funny article but IMO it is being critical of DSLRs in the wrong way. Also, if somebody wants to learn photography, why discourage them? This fiddling with controls will result in many a bad shots but once the guy gets grip of this stuff, the results will be astounding.

    “Shauq da koi mull nahin” :)Recommend

  • Hassan

    I cant stop laughing, you totally nailed it. Oh wait, I own a dslr myself :)

    When you shift from point & shoot cams to dslr, taking pictures become a whole different game. Its like restarting all over again. Probably we have taken some very best snaps with our old cybershots which initially, we wont be able to replicate on a dslr as it requires a bit learning.

    So keeping in mind the dslr snap learning curve and one good pic out of an album of twenty, I guess chalta hai . Appreciate these amateur photographers, they need honest opinions. Maybe they will improve and will someday be a famous name in the business. Recommend

  • mzgie

    Some people gotta think twice before purchasing DLSR. Owning Digital Camera also can produces a good quality though not as awesome as SLRS yet it’s not too bad neither; depend on how yourself. Why bother to spend so much money for following trend if all you want to do is just for showing off. If you want to buy DSLR cameras, you better buy the middle-range not the entry level, just wasting money :)Recommend

  • AHP

    Well, If one really wants to learn photography, I would suggest to start with Point and Shoot Cameras and then move on to DSLRs. This would help in understanding the basic concepts of Photography and the user will have enough experience. I am sure one would not regret practicing on a Point and Shoot Camera and then move on to a DSLR.

    To use a DSLR, user must have basic photography concepts and should be aware of different tips/tricks otherwise, buying a DSLR and not using it properly, I think its a total waste of money!Recommend

  • http://eddiesdomain.wordpress.com Adeel Anwar

    Well I think as long as it is not effecting anyone in any way apart from the fact that you just get annoyed with other people buying stuff for their own entertainment.. then its all good. Not that i own a dslr or anything…but just saying…. Recommend

  • Naveen Raza

    What I don’t understand is that is this a new pakistani forum to diss people however you like and be praised for? Likewise writing whatever you want does not make you a writer editor or what nott…! I don’t own a DSLR but I don’t mind if some body owns it, takes a picture and is appreciated by his friends. Further is there no restriction to content you can post! Say what you like? I mean is there any existence of sophisticated sensible writing?
    Also it just shows how mean we are inside, thts the real form of hatred we have for each other…n we say our country is corrupt cuz of leaders! No matter how mean we have become. When I was young my parents n my teachers taught me to be nice and think nice for others. Recommend

  • random

    There’s a reason they have entry level cameras. Also the way you say it, most people shouldn’t buy computers because they won’t be able to use it to its potential, just be able to do the basics. Next article: why most people should use a pentium 3 because it can get all their work done. Recommend

  • Dartfin

    Great article, ignoring of course the irony of sounding pretentious while decrying the theoretical pretentiousness of people who purchase a camera. That’s like me getting upset that someone is called an artist after ripping paper and pasting it on a canvas. Sure, it’s not what I’D do, and sure I went to school for it, but art is subjective, it doesn’t matter what the INTENT is. And why do you care in the first place? Is their purchasing of DSLRs making your niche ‘scene’ more mainstream man? Heaven forbid YOU’RE not the only one running around with a camera around your neck doing precisely what you claim they are. Let them be them, and you continue to take ‘real art’ photographs for your friends to fawn over.Recommend

  • Lazazrus

    well written, I wish i could have beaten the outta these newbie hitchcock’s Recommend

  • Rizwan Basir
  • Kapil

    Well thought out criticism and it truly represents the new age bourgeois. An iPhone 5 on the other hand is a similar device making people go crazy. People don’t either need it and sometimes don’t even know how to use it. So I don’t see how that is different from buying a DSLR. At the end of the day, world is becoming full of people who want to assert their tasteless personalities through these devices/brands. To top that, it is being fueled by equally tasteless Facebook friends.

    Also, learning techniques of photography alone does not make a good photographer. So a premise that learning the functions of DSLR makes a good photographer is not true. It also requires creativity to portray life in a photograph. In sum, I do agree with you that not everyone should buy a DSLR but they will still do it!Recommend

  • Lazazrus

    @Emaar:

    huh? dream, wake up its TREND!Recommend

  • MH

    good one. Recommend

  • Imran K

    ….You forgot a few more points:

    1- Dont start blogging …if u dont want to be a professional writer
    2- Dont use a Mac unless you are a professional desktop publisher
    3- Dont play cricket unless you want to be in the Pakistani cricket team
    4- Dont play any instrument unless you want to be the next adnan sami….
    5- Dont …blah …blah…blah….

    Sir…please. bari meherbaani apki….we will leave the “sophistication” to you…..Recommend

  • FAriz Merchant

    HAHAHAHA!!! im still in doubt whether your article is meant to discourage or to entice people to buy a DSLR. but yes people should consider their talent before actually considering a purchase. If it is not a superficial hobby however but an actual enthusiasm towards photography i would recommend the purchase.Recommend

  • Tabitha

    So the photo industry is changing and rather than figure out a way to go with the flow or even better – redefine it in an age of new and better technology – you’re telling people “you’re not part of the club and your camera doesn’t gain you access.” Well the club isn’t where it’s at anymore, no matter what the members think. Seems like you’re headed for some serious disappointment. Sorry, dude. I call it like I see it.

    Why would you mind it if a non-professional buys the most expensive camera out there and parades around as if they know what they are doing? Because now with this new technology and the internet, they actually do pose a threat to professional photographers. It’s about your ego and your ego isn’t going to change the reality that photojournalism isn’t appreciated as much as it once was. People just don’t think professional photography is that hard anymore. They may be wrong, but that doesn’t change this fact.
    The reality is, you can go to free image sites and find excellent photography. The images may not be by a professional, but the photographer got a professional-looking photo – maybe as dumb luck – but certainly because they are using a seriously nice piece of equipment. Photojournalism is without a doubt a skill and a talent – but it is also an elitist field that, like most is full of people work very hard to get accepted into it. But that doesn’t change the fact that the field is being radically altered due to changes in technology.
    Better technology has made it infinitely easier to get a one-off high-quality image and for most organizations and publications, that’s all that’s needed to tell their story. Or better yet, an editor can look through a collection of great one-off images by hundreds of non-professional photographers (the ones who buy the DSLRs) and get a whole bunch of images to tell the story they need to tell. I’m sure your shaking your head and perhaps you should be but this doesn’t change the fact that if great photography can be obtained without cost, it will be.

    BTW – I don’t have a DSLR and I won’t be buying one. I’ll leave them to the professionals. :) Recommend

  • http://mustafasheikh.com Mustafa Sheikh

    So true, thanks for writing on the topic.Recommend

  • huss

    mind your own damn business………………………………………………………oh look a butterflyRecommend

  • ayesha

    I hear you. And it especially me off because i studied photography, and i still can’t afford to buy a DSLR, while people who just pick it up because ‘it is just so cool’ and make their facebook pages (which is almost as essential as the DSLR itself) and get appreciated and are put really high up there. Yes, i am angry. And I am jealous. Recommend

  • The the

    Lincoln, I agree with you.Recommend

  • Shoaib Malik

    To the writer of this article. You can not judge any person holding a so called “DSLR” .. every person has a different use of it. Its the person behind the camera who knows what he is taking. and as you said people commenting on the pictures with what ever you do … hey .. lemme tell you dont judge someone based on facebook. Not everyone who owns a DSLR is a photographer anyways.. and by this article, are u trying to say that you are jealous or ashamed that people might judge your work ??? i did photography with a regular Point and Shoot camera .. or a crappy iphone and what i photographed . was amazing in my eye… i dont care what people like or dont.. anyways .. stop hating and start appreciating … i was told the number one rule being a photographer is that to help others who dont know anything about this industry…. not everyone can afford wireless triggers or external flash units or strobes.. just a camera doesnt help either .. but yea think out of your bubble.. it takes time for everything.. not everyone wants to be a photographer..probably they just want a better looking camera.. !Recommend

  • Abcd

    There were once guitars.. Now there’s DSLRs!!Recommend

  • Saphiya Lovett

    Actually, I disagree completely. I think it’s really great that so many people are buying dslrs and are using them a lot too. Folks can call themselves ‘photographers’ if they wish too. I mean, kissi ka kya ja raha hai? There are people who can take effortless photos, there are those who really have to read up and work hard at it, some rely on editing and some just don’t do anything. It’s an expressive form of art — I say go ahead and take photos of every dog, every cow and every flower out there if that makes you feel creative and inspired. Who are we to judge anyone’s ‘creativity’? I’d rather people indulge in that than take up something useless.

    It makes me happy when I see people who I would have never imagined owning a dslr or being interested in photography take it up. If even one out of a thousand who are buying DSLRs to be trendy sticks with it and finds photography therapeutic, it’s still a beautiful thing. It’s funny how we all are (me included) — those who have had DSLRs for a while argue the ones who are just getting them aren’t photographers — those who actually learned on film and do their own processing deem the ones who went with the digital phase, sell outs. I say let’s stop bein’ haters — the more the merrier, folks! ;)Recommend

  • Saba Gill

    Mr. Ovais Munshi.

    In your next blog, perhaps you could teach your readers a trick or two in professional photography? Apparently, you know quite a bit about it judging from your decided opposition to amateurs like that. This was badly done.

    Thank you!

    I don’t own a DSLR but know quite a few people who are self-taught and have grown into really fine photographers. And then you read something like this and can’t help but be a bit offended. After all this derogatory piece aims to establish an argument (if there is one at all) by targeting a bunch of people using a gadget! How conventional indeed! But why must we be surprised? There are countless people like this writer who try to take a higher ground by constantly trying to belittle others. To them looking down upon all the technological advancements of our age is a spiritual experience. They, of course, spend their nights starring at the star studded sky in the cold desert nights and spend their day time either writing about it or starring into a space meditating to deal with the evil world out there. Also, I often wonder if it is some sort of a complex that drives people to distance themselves from ‘popular culture’. Because ‘everyone’ is doing something, they have to find fault in it. Recommend

  • http://www.adnanjabbar.com Dr. Adnan

    I’m a self made photographer who started his journey from Nikon D40 with 18-55mm lens then I explored it, it’s functions, it’s color dynamics, it’s depth of focus, then I invested into 55-200mm VR Lens and finally the love of Sigma 1.4f 30mm HSM … the passion is what made me whom I’m today in Photography :) … so learn to love your DSLR :PRecommend

  • Fasih

    I can bet some of people who’re responding to this blog were and is victim of this Cancer.

    Trust me Guys, Trust me :D

    Lanat to DSLR wannabes Qasam SayRecommend

  • Asif

    Nailed it.Great article.
    Pretentious dissenters. Part of the vicious cycle that promotes mediocrity. ‘At least we’re out there with a positive attitude’ doesn’t cut it. EITHER you have the aptitude for studying quantum physics, or you don’t. Why should it be any different for photography? Every numb-skull with delusions of subversive grandeur donning Che Guevara shirts is why liberal arts will have no scope in Pakistan for a long long time. Recommend

  • Amina Agha

    Why is your post so full of hate. You sound envious for sure. Is it because you can’t afford a DSLR or is it that you are too jealous of the appreciative comments that your friends receive on the camera. Get a life dude. Stop wasting your time on other people’s business and instead spend it on a good hobby. Like photography maybe?Recommend

  • Hasan Abbas

    I have come to understand the youth of Pakistan, and what they think. The wildfire is about DSLR’s sat the moment, what will it be next? PC Tablets?!Recommend

  • Hasan Abbas

    So whats the next wildfire will be about? PC Tablets?!Recommend

  • Rizwan Ali

    What an idiotic note… and every body share it hahahaha… just tell me one thing when a child pick up pencil for the first time he doesn’t know how to use it , but when the time passes eventually he has a beautiful hand writing…. I think the guy who wrote this blog may be afraid of new growing talented photographer… coz i know lots of immature photographer who just did really good job :P if u have any sense first think then share….Recommend

  • Shahrukh

    dude u spoke my heart out! thumbs upRecommend

  • Imran

    This author has some really dumb friends…ive never met anyone who owns this sort of a camera and doesn’t know how to use it…maybe they dont have the talent but they still have the passion.

    Bottom line is that skill shouldn’t be a factor that decides what you can and cannot do if it makes u happy :)Recommend

  • http://osaidullah.blogspot.com Osaidullah

    very interesting to read, the points mentioned are really very true, good job.
    one more thing, those kids also capture their new dslrs or lenses etc with their cellphones or old cameras and upload in the the album ‘my new gear’, the gear for capturing leaves stems and gorgeous eyes of their cats.Recommend

  • http://imranhunzai.wordpress.com Imran Hunzai

    LOL! You have raised very valid points.Plato will really roll over in his grave. :DRecommend

  • Saba Gill

    And I don’t understand why our comments are edited. Get a life Tribune.Recommend

  • http://asaddurrani.wordpress.com Asad Durrani

    Buying s sports car doesnt make u a Racer… ?
    Buying a goood Laptop Doesnt make u a coder ….
    Learning English doesnt make u a britsh….
    Writing Such articles DOES NOT make u a WRITER :P :PRecommend

  • Saad

    after reading this crispy article with the true facts and trends of the current era..
    I made a page of it on facebook…:D

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buying-a-DSLR-doesnt-make-you-a-photographer/131960750236318Recommend

  • Mohsin

    Well u did the samethng, NO ?
    Or may be we w8 for another artcle sayin, “writing such articles does not make u a writer” :p
    respectRecommend

  • Iqra Shoukat

    “This isn’t an article about the practicality of the purchase; it is an article bringing to light the mentality of the purchaser.”

    I think this article is about the mentality of the author – which by the way is quite petty considering that he believes people buy expensive cameras to ‘feel ‘accepted’ and are most probably overcompensating.

    If the joy of someones life is their hi res pictures, I don’t understand anyone else should have a problem with it. Recommend

  • Iqra Shoukat

    Don’t do it. I’m not asking you to not jump off a cliff (though you shouldn’t do that either). I’m asking you to not commit the most heinous crime in the history of writing.

    Don’t write for the tribune ‘The way I see it’ blog.

    In a new trend that is spreading like wildfire around Pakistan, almost everyone is ditching their old method of just updating their facebook status for attention, for the new and improved way of having someone care about what you have to say. This is all in a bid to rant about the same thing that you normally would to your friends – except now to a wider audience.

    But is there really a point? I don’t think so.
    This isn’t an article about the irrelevant some blog was; it is an article bringing to light the mentality of the author.

    More than half the people who write blogs do so because somehow it is the new chicken dance – a necessary skill to be possessed by anyone who wants to feel ‘accepted’. It is kind of like having the best backpack was in the 2nd grade, and the best Pokemon cards were in the 8th grade.

    The worst part is that most of the people, who write these blogs, have no knowledge of how to properly execute their ideas, but just because they have some ideas, their entire posse exalts them to the level of some great writer.

    Suddenly, an article about cameras will be a clever concept. Identifying a somewhat popular trend will seem like the most ingenious idea you have ever had that represents the “the conformity issues of the mulk, yo.”

    Naturally, you run around stating the obvious that people like brand new and shiny things and just because they can, they will buy those things even if they don’t know how to use them. (Of course this is being based on absolutely no concrete evidence by the author but since it is an ‘opinion’ section of the tribune, it’s cool to just talk about stuff ‘like I see it, man’)

    People commenting on your blog will make you feel like a god.

    You know that no matter what article you write, it will be showered with praise and negative comments both. Your article will transcend all worldly boundaries to some and attain a level of absolute wonder. Dickens will roll over in his grave.

    Beneath your article will appear generous comments:

    “HAHAHHA, bro. I am so glad someone finally spoke about this. You are so dead on.”

    Yes sir, your writing and amazing observation talent will break all known conventions. You are probably as talentless as you were without the medium to communicate insignificant details in, but in the race for social ranking your reputation will ascend by leaps and bounds. You will attach irrelevant meanings to everything you see; becoming the voice of the universe through your profound writing.

    You will scoff when your friend will write on blogger.com and have a total of 5 followers who never comment.

    Very few of you will ever go through the hassle of writing about things that matter, and ideas that would actually be of any use to the world.
    So if you’re not on the bandwagon yet, save yourself the 15 minutes of air-headedness you’ll feel as you anxiously click ‘refresh’ on you page to see how many people commented on your blog. Recommend

  • http://www.pringit.com/yn/ Yasir

    And the best thing about these ‘Photographers’, after reading this article, they’ll laugh it off and say, “I am not one of them”. Recommend