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What is a Photoagrapher?


miptog 11 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
24 May 2012 6:45PM
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.

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Carabosse Plus
14 40.6k 269 England
24 May 2012 7:02PM

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 12 2.2k 3 Northern Ireland
24 May 2012 7:24PM
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 12 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
24 May 2012 7:30PM
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 Plus
14 40.6k 269 England
24 May 2012 7:31PM

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 5 1.7k United Kingdom
24 May 2012 8:40PM
recording pictures in the moment
ade_mcfade 13 15.2k 216 England
24 May 2012 9:38PM
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 13 7.2k 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2012 9:38PM
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 8 4.1k 19 England
24 May 2012 10:01PM
You've seen this thread before - at least twice Wink
SlowSong Plus
8 6.8k 29 England
24 May 2012 10:07PM
I'm a Photographer. Smile
ade_mcfade 13 15.2k 216 England
24 May 2012 10:16PM
I'm Spartacus
RavenTepes 7 226 United States
24 May 2012 10:33PM

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.
25 May 2012 6:15AM
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 6 254 England
25 May 2012 8:37AM
No ! i am spatacus. Wink
ianrobinson Plus
7 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 8:39AM
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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