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What are your feelings when you are called a Snapper ? or are asked to 'snap' a couple of images for someone, its a phrase thats been around for donkeys yet somehow for me is repugnant. It smells of cheap tacky cameras and worthless images, cheap boots film and throwaway kodaks . . .
After practising your skills and honing your talents for many a year is the term snapper offensive to you ?
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I wouldn't go so far as to say "offensive". It is mildly belittling though.
Mind you, I'd feel a bit uncomfortable if I claimed to have honed my talents.
I've been called worse......and that's just this evening
Rarely been termed a snapper to be honest, but like scrimmy, i have been called a lot worse (rightly or wrongly haha)
I dont really see it as offensive, more that the person hasnt really grasped the concept
I haven't really heard the term used very often. But to me it's a fairly harmless, casual phrase. I doubt most people who use it are intending it to be an insult or offensive.
maybe that's the point...what if you were called a "snapper" by somebody with photographic experience and knowledge
And if you were a carpenter and someone called you "a chippie" (you aren't a fish shop)... Or an electrician and were called a "sparks" (unless you were not a good electrician)..... Or a police officer and were called "a copper" (you're not made of metal, nor are you a metal cooking vessel) .... And so on.
We shouldn't be too precious unless the phrase is intended as an insult. Personally, I hate the term "tog", but it seems to be in common usage by people who can't be bothered to say or write "photographer".
On the other hand, I wouldn't like to be someone who herds cattle for a living and be called a "cowpoke". For one thing, it's slanderous, and for another, I'm sure you can be arrested for that sort of thing these days....
Quote: After practising your skills and honing your talents for many a year is the term snapper offensive to you ?
Where would we be without the snapshot, where would you be, even Henri Cartier-Bresson was a snapper
I can't remember anybody calling me a snapper, except myself.
I tease a friend who does weddings, calling him a snapper not a photographer. But since starting to do more newspaper work I find I am more often being called a snapper. You can call me Mary if your paying me. Edit - but never a tog.
(You can call me Mary if your paying me.) now that might make an interesting snap
If you were a socialist as well would you be a 'red snapper'? We're all little fish in a big ocean
Quote: I tease a friend who does weddings, calling him a snapper not a photographer. But since starting to do more newspaper work I find I am more often being called a snapper. You can call me Mary if your paying me. Edit - but never a tog.
I agree, "snapper" rather than "tog."
Any photograph records a moment in time, so could be described as a snapshot.
The term "Capture" is much used, but I've never been called a Capturer!
No problem with it myself.
I hate being called a tog though!
Definition of a tog:
The tog is a measure of thermal resistance of a unit area, also known as thermal insulance, commonly used in the textile industry, and often seen quoted on, for example, duvets and carpet underlay.
Must be just me then , fair enough , but it still annoys me when i take my time planning shots being in the right place at the right time , knowing my equipment and limitations and being a good people organizer when someone approached me at a wedding and says ' bet you got some good snaps today then '
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