Stupid questions

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by AK47J, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Almost every time I use my camera in public/in a crowd/etc. , I get asked at least one of these:

    "What's the camera for?"
    "What are you doing with the camera?"
    "Why do you have a camera?"
    "Why are you taking pictures of that?"
    "Are you a photographer?"
    "What kind of camera is that?" I answer, and they reply with "Oh, never heard of it."

    What are some stupid questions you guys have been asked?
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  2. SamSS

    SamSS TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 11, 2014
    It looks like you've covered them all.
    Though, I wouldn't consider asking "Are you a photographer" being silly.
  3. rayvonn

    rayvonn TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 3, 2016
    This is exactly what's put me off getting a DSLR/long native E mount lens, I'm so self consious I think I'm going to get asked this every time I go out with one.
  4. pbizarro

    pbizarro Guest

    I think these are normal questions, not stupid.
  5. Nino Xerri

    Nino Xerri TalkEmount Veteran

    Jun 13, 2016
    Nino Xerri
    Went on a Photo Shoot with a mate of mine who is a Canon user. A smart *ss came up to him and ask the clichè question "What are you shooting with the Canon" Had to stop my mate from smashing his Canon into the blokes face. Some people should not be allowed in public.
  6. sesser

    sesser TalkEmount Veteran

    May 21, 2016
    There are no stupid questions... just lots of inquisitive a**holes.
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  7. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    When I do evening shots with the camera on a tripod, I always get asked by at least one passer-by what I am shooting. So far this resulted in pleasant conversations, no problem.
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  8. pbizarro

    pbizarro Guest

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid answers:)

    Anyway, I don't see the problem with people being inquisitive. In a world where most folks use smartphones to take pics, a camera will actually draw attention.
  9. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    One of the reasons I'm here is because I like talking about cameras and lenses. I seldom get asked questions while shooting, but usually I am delighted to chat.
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  10. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    I rarely get asked questions when shooting. I'm usually the one asking other photographers about their cameras.
    I sometimes like to confuse people by saying I'm almost out of film while holding an obviously digital camera.
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  11. Claude B.

    Claude B. New to TalkEmount

    Dec 23, 2015
    To get questions like that, where the hell do you live?
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  12. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Maybe I am too literal, or just don't understand how/why someone would ask me "What is the camera for?" It is for making pancakes, and sometimes omelettes.
    Or when someone asks "Why are you taking pictures of that?" Seriously? Once I replied with "What should I be taking pictures of?" And the dude replied with "I don't know, something better than that." WTF? Better?

    I live in Bend Oregon, and apparently I only meet clueless yuppies from kalifornia or something.
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  13. sesser

    sesser TalkEmount Veteran

    May 21, 2016
    I think you mean Bend, CA @AK47J@AK47J. But don't feel too special there, I hear Californians are infiltrating Idaho and Montana too. Pretty soon you'll have to move to California to get away from the Californians. :D
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