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pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 12:26 AM

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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mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
9 Nov 2012 - 12:43 AM

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. Wink

scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 6365 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 12:46 AM

I've been called worse......and that's just this evening Smile

paulcookphotography

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

Photoluv86
9 Nov 2012 - 12:58 AM

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.

scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 6365 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 1:10 AM

maybe that's the point...what if you were called a "snapper" by somebody with photographic experience and knowledge

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 1:37 AM

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....

Tongue

Nick

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315335 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:49 AM


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 Smile

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 9 Nov 2012 - 2:49 AM
StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014794 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 3:20 AM

I can't remember anybody calling me a snapper, except myself.Tongue

779HOB
779HOB  21020 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 - 6:23 AM

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.

Last Modified By 779HOB at 9 Nov 2012 - 6:24 AM
colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 6:27 AM

(You can call me Mary if your paying me.) now that might make an interesting snap Wink

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41046 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 7:43 AM

If you were a socialist as well would you be a 'red snapper'? We're all little fish in a big ocean Smile

rhol2
rhol2 e2 Member 3296 forum postsrhol2 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 7:54 AM


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!Wink

franken
franken e2 Member 123125 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 7:58 AM

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. Smile

Ken

pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 8:18 AM

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 ' Wink

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