The hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I hear words like expert or professional. I know there are some people that have earned the title but there are a lot more that only use the name to elevate themselves or because they have a degree, but even with the degree they have zero real world knowledge. This past week I came across another one of these people and to say that it bothers me is an understatement.
I remember years ago there was a guy that was writing books, on talk shows and giving seminars on how to raise kids. After a couple years it was found out that he did not even have a kid, the information that he was giving was only from books that he read. He had messed up so many parents and kids because of what he said – things like NEVER discipline you child, there is no right or wrong and so on. All garbage that he made up or took out of context.
Last week I was helping a person with a project, I took time out of my schedule to type up a list of equipment that he should look at purchasing for what he wants to do and I talked with him a couple times. Then he goes out to price out the equipment and runs into an “expert” at the camera place that he went to . This expert: someone who does not shoot, who does not own a business or even handles a camera outside of work tells him that all the information that I had written was not right. NOW who do you think would be more trustworthy someone that has been doing this for 32 years or some salesperson that has never shot a picture for a client? Someone who shoots thousands of images a week or someone that reads sales material from the manufacturer?
It really bothers me about this! Some people will say anything to look better but in fact it is garbage!!! We have universities and colleges that will hire teachers because they have a degree but in actual fact they have zero real world experience!
So the next time you are getting information about anything, check out the source! Is the source someone that has history to back them or are they just spewing what they read or heard? Has the person got work to back them up or are they just making it up?
Only by testing the source will we make sure that the information that we are getting is true and helpful!