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To Snap or not to Snap ?


pulsar69 12 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 12:26AM
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 Plus
12 6.0k Scotland
9 Nov 2012 12:43AM
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 Plus
8 388 5 Scotland
9 Nov 2012 12:46AM
I've been called worse......and that's just this evening Smile
9 Nov 2012 12:53AM
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 4 20 United States
9 Nov 2012 12:58AM
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 Plus
8 388 5 Scotland
9 Nov 2012 1:10AM
maybe that's the point...what if you were called a "snapper" by somebody with photographic experience and knowledge
Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 1:37AM
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 15 18.4k 6 England
9 Nov 2012 2:49AM

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
StrayCat Plus
12 17.7k 3 Canada
9 Nov 2012 3:20AM
I can't remember anybody calling me a snapper, except myself.Tongue
779HOB 4 1.2k United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 6:23AM
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.
colin beeley Plus
14 1.1k 10 England
9 Nov 2012 6:27AM
(You can call me Mary if your paying me.) now that might make an interesting snap Wink
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
9 Nov 2012 7:43AM
If you were a socialist as well would you be a 'red snapper'? We're all little fish in a big ocean Smile
rhol2 5 369 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 7:54AM

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 Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
9 Nov 2012 7:58AM
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 12 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 8:18AM
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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