The scam that is/are photography ambassadors

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If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

There is a very good reason why you seldom if ever read about my Photon Mark XXI camera body and Zeusnacht f1.0 20 mm super wide angle apochromatic lens or my King Kong Model 870 ultra graphite tripod.

It’s because that kind of crap doesn’t matter.

Can you tell me what kind of paints or brushes that the most creative watercolour artists in the world are using? I don’t know and I don’t need to know.

Every once in a while I will get a message asking me what kind of body or lens is best for a particular kind of photography and my answers are always broad and generic.

I have a blog that has yet to be published about how when the new Nikon D850 was released that I immediately got the hots to pick up the latest and very expensive body. Eight months later I am happy that I haven’t done that.

I have been going through a lot of old images lately and some of my best/favorite images were taken with a body and lens that I sold a few years ago. There is nothing wrong with those images. I don’t look at them and think to myself how much better they might have been if I had been using my current body/camera or even the newest.

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There are plenty of photographers on Instagram (that’s what inspired me to write this) that are “official ambassadors”. My translation of that is they are fishermen who are throwing bait out there in order to get you to buy the product that they represent and I think that is misleading.

Quality for both cameras and lenses is so good now that you can buy any number of brands of camera bodies and lenses by different manufacturers and take excellent photos.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your photography will be better if you use brand X tripod or use a photography bag made by Brand Y. That isn’t reality.

Another big culprit of the photo ambassador scams are the filter manufacturers. I blogged a long time back about how I got rid of all my graduated density and coloured filters. I don’t need them. Everything that I want to do can be done more elegantly in Photoshop. The only filters I keep are my neutral density filters for long exposures.

Look back on a few weeks worth of my posts and I guarantee that NONE of my colour landscapes were taken using a filter on my lenses.

I could also go to my basement and pull out an aluminum tripod that I used fifteen years ago and come away with the same photos that I take with my newer graphite model.

There are too many people who whether it is for ego or because they get free equipment are willing to sell themselves and sucker other people in.

Like W. C. Fields said about suckers, that might be a strong word but it shows the contempt that some people have for you and are only too willing to take your money.

Be smart and don’t be a W. C. Fields sucker.

Happy shooting,




~ by Dan Jurak on April 30, 2018.

3 Responses to “The scam that is/are photography ambassadors”

  1. As soon as I saw the numbers, I thought that is where you were going. This put a smile on my face. I have met a few men who rhyme off the gadgets and model numbers he has as soon as he finds out I am into photography, there is no chance we could enjoy a photo shoot together for the joy of it. It is about the competition, and who has the bigger…gear.

  2. That is such a guy thing. Anyone who lists all their camera gear, filters, lenses, accessories, etc. is NOT followed by me.

    A really funny coincidence happened just after I posted this. I got a DM from Nikon Canada on Instagram saying that they would like to feature me. I replied, sure, but I am retired, money is tight and I would appreciate getting a Pro Price deal on their equipment like I did with Canon when I was with the Edmonton Journal. The reply that I got back from them was a non-answer thanking me for being a Nikon user.

    Talk about cheap or what? They want to feature my photos to sell their equipment but want to do it for free. LOL

  3. There are a lot of companies getting away with that, something for nothing. I just sent about five photos for free to a daily devotional site, but that was my choice. I did ask that they acknowledge me as the photographer.

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