How many Facebook photography group members does it take to change a lightbulb?

Feb 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How many Facebook photography group members does it take to change a lightbulb?

Feb 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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This came to us via an anonymous source who said they saw it posted in a group they’re in on Facebook. I think it pretty accurately sums up the way many conversations go in Facebook photography groups. And, well, it’s about lighting, so…

1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed.

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.

17 purists who use candles and are offended by light bulb discussions.

6 to argue over whether it’s ‘lightbulb’ or ‘light bulb’.

Another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid.

22 to tell THOSE 6 to stop being jerks.

2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is ‘lamp’.

15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that ‘light bulb’ is perfectly correct.

49 to post memes and gifs (several are of Michael Jackson eating popcorn with the words added, “I’m just here for the comments.”)

19 to post that this page is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb page.

11 to defend the posting to this page saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant here.

24 to discuss the merits of LED/swirly fluorescent light bulbs

44 to claim LED and fluorescent bulbs will kill you.

12 to post F.

8 to ask what F means.

7 to post ‘Following’ but there’s 3 dots at the top right that means you don’t have to.

3 to say “can’t share”

2 to reply “can’t share from a closed group”

36 People to post pics of their own light bulbs.

15 People to post “I can’t see S$%^!” and use their own light bulbs.

6 to report the post or PM an admin because someone said “f÷×$”

4 to say “Didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”.

13 to say “Do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs”.

1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that (insert politician of choice) isn’t the brightest bulb. This usually takes place within the first three comments.

50 more to get into personal attacks over their political views.

5 admins to ban the light bulb posters who took it all too seriously.

1 late arrival to comment on the original post 6 months later and start it all over again

Thank you, to the anonymous author who created this, for brightening up our day and giving us a good chuckle.

Did they miss anybody?

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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13 responses to “How many Facebook photography group members does it take to change a lightbulb?”

  1. Robert Hicks Avatar
    Robert Hicks

    200 to say they only care about light bulbs if handled by naked women
    30 to offer free light bulbs to the above naked women
    1 to claim they don’t need light because they have a f/1 lens

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      Ahahaha, “1 to claim they don’t need light because they have a f/1 lens”, win!

  2. Darrell Larose Avatar
    Darrell Larose

    I don’t need to change the lightbulb… I’ll just crank up the ISO… ?

    1. Dave Bender Avatar
      Dave Bender

      Darrell Larose

  3. Dunja0712 Avatar
    Dunja0712

    Late arrival, reporting for duty! ?‍♀️

  4. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    Who needs light bulbs when there is natural light LOL

  5. Jay Knickerbocker Avatar
    Jay Knickerbocker

    None. Too busy chimping…

  6. PatrickS Avatar
    PatrickS

    OMG.. truer than true!

  7. Marios Forsos Avatar
    Marios Forsos

    It’s missing the 50 who say “that’s how I screwed the lightbulb in 100 other groups and they all congratulated me” and the other 50 who say “it’s my post processing style and I don’t care if it’s 500% clarity and contrast”…!

  8. Joseph Balson Avatar
    Joseph Balson

    best news in the last few months

  9. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    You forgot the 20 spammy message about getting rich in front of your computer doing nothing.

  10. Gary McMullen Avatar
    Gary McMullen

    To Kelvin? Millions

  11. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    Where’s the guy that only uses weird overbuilt Russian lightbulbs with 4 gauge filament?