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miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 6:45 PM

We take photos / still images, but does that make us a Photographer? What do you think is the essence of being a photographer?

Please discuss.

Last Modified By miptog at 24 May 2012 - 6:46 PM
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139385 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 7:02 PM


Quote: We take photos / still images, but does that make us a Photographer?

Whilst you are actually taking the photograph(s), you are a photographer.

The rest of the time, you are a normal human being. Smile

snapbandit
snapbandit  102205 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 7:24 PM

as CB says, when you are creating an image with light (usually with a camera) you are a photographer, at other times you are a Human (possibly even Normal!! WinkWink )


Quote: The word "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light"

SmileSmile

pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 7:30 PM

I read this different and would say a 'Photoagrapher' is someone who hates togs and does their best to turn up in shots where not wanted and spoil scenarios wherever they can Wink

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139385 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 7:31 PM


Quote: I read this different and would say a 'Photoagrapher' is someone who hates togs and does their best to turn up in shots where not wanted and spoil scenarios wherever they can Wink

A photo-aggravator, as it were? Yes, I see that. Smile

robthecamman
24 May 2012 - 8:40 PM

recording pictures in the moment

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014708 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 9:38 PM

I've advised several mates on camera kit over the years

a few never use their cameras and never really go into it

Others like to use their cameras a lot

The former are not photographers, the latter are.

keith selmes
24 May 2012 - 9:38 PM

You know you're a photographer when...

you're constantly hounded by friends and strangers as to what camera they should buy!

a toy camera is anything but.

When you use your zoom lens as binoculars.

You buy cute and nice stuff just to take pictures of them.

Your friends and family complain that they don't have any photos of you

You've had a Canon vs. Nikon debate with someone.

(Just a few samples from here http://www.youknowyoureaphotographerwhen.com )

Overread
Overread  63746 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 10:01 PM

You've seen this thread before - at least twice Wink

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54169 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 10:07 PM

I'm a Photographer. Smile

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014708 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2012 - 10:16 PM

I'm Spartacus

RavenTepes
24 May 2012 - 10:33 PM


Quote: You know you're a photographer when...

you're constantly hounded by friends and strangers as to what camera they should buy! Check! My sister's bad about it.

a toy camera is anything but.

When you use your zoom lens as binoculars. Check! (When I go hunting, I use my 70-300 as my spotting scope. Shoot with the camera first THEN with the gun, if it's a potential legal kill. If not, I still get a good picture. Smile

You buy cute and nice stuff just to take pictures of them.

Your friends and family complain that they don't have any photos of you Check! Im always behind the camera. Never in front of it.

You've had a Canon vs. Nikon debate with someone. Check! Many, many times over.

(Just a few samples from here http://www.youknowyoureaphotographerwhen.com )

I concider anyone who enjoys taking pictures and willing to learn how to shoot BETTER pictures and constantly shoots to be either a photographer or aspireing photographer. Between the two, it's mostly just experiance.

Umberto_Vanni
Umberto_Vanni e2 Member 9340 forum postsUmberto_Vanni vcard Scotland
25 May 2012 - 6:15 AM

Photographer is a label put upon people who take photographs. You shouldn't really class yourself as a photographer unless you want to look "geekish Wink". Having said that, you are really only a geek if you enjoy caressing your camera more than you enjoy taking photos.

KONIN
KONIN e2 Member 3252 forum postsKONIN vcard England
25 May 2012 - 8:37 AM

No ! i am spatacus. Wink

ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 8:39 AM

I take pictures,images, photo's or photographs.
I love to learn about photography and hopefully better myself all the time, I have an extensive range of photography equipment that suits my needs, I know how to use the equipment it is not just for show, some I need more practice with admittedly, like flash units for example, I am asked to photograph many people I sell photographs.
I even sometimes take snap shots, some like to call this candid or reportage.
I think of myself as a photographer Smile some may argue that though GrinGrin.

I think you you have took time to learn about photography, camera settings and what there used for, camera equipment and such like then i think you could definetly class your self as a photographer Smile.

What else could you be? your not a rocket scientist so you must be a photographer.

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