2) I Hate When People Say “Your Pictures Are Great, You Must Have a Great Camera!”
I translate this statement as, “I need to hear that I’m a great photographer.”
The reason real people (as in non-photographers) say things like “your pictures are great, you must have a great camera” is because they don’t know anything about photography and want to make conversation.
So please stop the phony outrage and accept statements like this for what they are: people just trying to be polite. They’re talking about the tools because it’s an obvious point of conversation.
And besides, how many times have you Googled “what camera does photographer Joe Schmoe use?” Because when you think about it, that’s basically saying “Joe Schmoe’s pictures are great. He must have a great camera!”