"I'm a professional!"

I don't mind when I have to turn images down for things like people forgetting to press the macro button. It doesn't bother me; it's part of the process and I know that not everyone even knows that their camera has a macro button… but what does bother me — and happens very regularly is when people complain about their images being turned down because of some variation on the “I'm never wrong” argument.

For example, I just received the following, and told the person they had to press the macro button to take a crisp close-up (if you're not sure, it's a septum, and a lip/tongue piercing):

They replied with,

i have a 4000 dollar camera. im a photographer.. and ure telling me how to use macro..

I mean, what can I even say? “Yeah, I know, it's very sad?” It's like people think I reject images just for fun to mess with people or something… Hmm, I ought to be careful or I'll be moving into whiny bee-otch territory myself! I mean, am I crazy here? I'm pretty sure those pictures are blurry. Maybe I need to get my eyes checked.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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