Dear Photography Trolls: Please Stop

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B2 monolights portrait of Natalie (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.5

Dear Trolls,

Four years: that’s how long it took me to learn how to deal with photography trolls. Yes, the internet has given birth to trolls of all sorts that lurk in Reddit, 4Chan, Flickr, 500px, and so many other communities.  But what you, trolls, have done to many people is killed the inspiration for the person who could have been so much better.


Is it because you’re so self-conscious about your own work that you need to spread your toxic inner thoughts to others and hurt them to make yourself feel better?

Did no one ever teach you that two negatives don’t make a right?

What about constructive criticism?

Did it ever occur to you that sarcasm may translate terribly through the internet?

You, photography trolls, have hurt many a photographer by choosing to do nothing else but deliver blind hatred. Why do you hate Instagram photographers? If they do a great job at capturing or creating images that compel and inspire so many others, why must you try to bring them down? Why can’t you contain your hatred?

More importantly, why can’t you ask for help? If you’re so bitter about issues with your own photography, why don’t you take the first step to bettering yourself organically instead of trying to better yourself by bringing everyone else down?

Can’t you take the high route?

Did someone on or DPReview say that your image wasn’t sharp at 100%? Is that what you were going for?

Does that matter if what you were trying to do is capture a moment?

Have you not heard that content is king?

Why, photography trolls, can you not abide by the rules that if you have nothing positive to say, don’t say it? Or if not, why can’t you find a way to be constructive and get the same karma in return? Why can’t you find a way to make everyone better and therefore make yourself better? Why must you poison the well for the rest of us?

But finally, trolls, why can’t you just stop intentionally trying to hurt others?

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.