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I've often called myself a snapper, and take snaps. Even on here!
I don't care what people call me as long as it's true and not libellous. You can't get hung up on silly names.
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It obviously doesn't bother these:
Tog. Is it ever used outside of epz? I don't recall having come across the term other than on here.
Well I'm not sure what the meaning is on here but the term TOG came to light on Terry Wogan's breakfast show on Radio 2. It was 'Terry's Old Geezers'.
It's used a lot; here's a few examples:
Being called a photographer embarases me - I prefer "snapper".
I first heard the word Tog in a the context of describing a close knit group of competent photographers, so I quite liked it for that reason. To me its an inclusive term of people who are comfortable with what they do and associate together to produce good photographs - almost as a professional body or group.
Snapper, to me means an occasional individual who takes snaps.
Photographer, to me means a business based photographer with a professional subject area focus.
Paparazzi, means some one who enjoys the chase and the scoop more than that of a photographic journalist.
Most of these terms can be used in either a positive or negative way.
'Snap' is shortened from 'snap shot', which in turn was an old 19th century hunting term. It has provenance!
Tog irritates me, but it's got nothing to do with it being derogatory and everything to do with the fact that it seems like lazy txt spk. Various photographic words are at the other end of the scale for me: I only reluctantly write 'bokeh' or 'image'.
Quote: After practising your skills and honing your talents for many a year is the term snapper offensive to you ?
No, it keeps me firmly grounded in my ability.
I'd reserve the term "photographer" for somebody who has proven skill or qualifications in photography.
Lesser mortals are "snappers".
Isn't there a danger when you attach importance to these words—especially when you deem yourself worthy of a certain label—that the net result may very well be apathy and overconfidence?
Quote: Lesser mortals are "snappers".
Handbags at dawn!
I find the term 'snapper' mildly patronizing - but its a term used by people who are not photographers so I try not to take it personally.
'Tog' I find lazy and inelegant.
Quote: Tog' I find lazy and inelegant.
Ooops, that's me told then.
I use tog sometimes when typing because it is a lot quicker than photographer (and less likely to be misspelled). I also use it when drunk and unable to say photographer.
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