on the value of professionals

We seem to live in the age of the gifted amateur, Masterchef and the Voice and home renovation shows all share the same idea, that almost anyone can become truly fabulous at anything if they try hard enough and there’s an awful lot to like about that idea. Hard work and commitment will definitely get you a long way, but what is often unmentioned in these shows is that is pretty much exactly how you become a professional in the first place. Usually it takes years of study or hands on training to get the background knowledge and skills up to speed to be able to consistently produce great work in any field. It can be hard to quantify these things sometimes, but looking at the blog of talented furniture designer Matty Smith of Smith and Others, we stumbled on a great post of theirs about having their work professionally photographed, which sums up just how good it can be working with a professional.
here’s what they had to say about shooting with their photographer Lisa…

“we get the feeling that the majority of the people we meet don’t value the skills of others as much as they should. in a DIY world anything is possible i guess, but this DIY world quickly highlights how hard things are to do when you want to play with the pro’s.

today our pro shooter came in, walked around, turned a few nobs, clicked a few buttons and an hour later the job was done. too easy. from the outside looking in a fool might think that this is something anyone could do. you don’t need to do 3-4 years of university to snap a few pictures. for some i could see how they might mistake the ease of which professionals go about their work as some kind of sign that any mortal could do the same. that’s a trap, don’t be fooled.”

We couldn’t agree more, head on over to Smith and Others to see the great work they do, http://www.smithandothers.com.au/