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What Sort of Photographer Are You?

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There are basically two types of photographer, a places or people photographer. Let me explain, and ask you if you go on holiday, do you take pictures of the people around you or do you take pictures of the scenery? Now, can you begin to see what I am getting at? Some photographers dread a portrait session whilst others look forward to interacting with the sitter.

I am at an age where I joined the local bowls club and enjoy taking pictures of the other members while they are bowling. Does that mean I’m a sports photographer? Of course not. We all take pictures of people and places. But there is a definite divide, and the following can be divided into – people or places.

The Street Shooter

This people photographer can be found in large urban areas, particularly on more busy streets. He will most likely have some sort of compact camera, anything less conspicuous than a DSLR.

They will often think of themselves as the next William Klein and most of their pictures are shot in black and white. Their style and attitude are somewhat close to that of the hipster, yet they maintains an old school vibe about themselves.

The Avid Traveller

This places photographer can often be found on road sides, hitching rides to places they may or may not be planning to go. They loves to travel and photograph more than anything, and they have no problem eating canned food and sleeping in shady hostels. They love to read travel guides as well.

The Compulsive Photographer

This type of shooter is never separated from his camera. He loves photography so much, that he photographs everything in his path: people, places, ants, posters, aircraft, you name it. He often takes on 365 projects and posts a lot of weird stuff on Instagram. The quality of his work is usually less than professional, but the joy he gets from photographing like crazy is something to be envious about. Thank modern technology for digital. He wouldn’t take so many pictures on film that has to developed and printed.

The Wildlife Photographer

These animal people are either a hired pro sent to shoot a certain species, or a wealthy hobbyist who spend a lot of money on their passion.

Either way, the wildlife photographer can be found… actually you can’t really see them because they are wearing camouflage most of the time. They will travel to the most remote areas on the planet, to capture an endangered bird or some other interesting species.

The Purist

The purist has a dramatic vibe going on and they almost always set themselves apart from other photographers. They hate digital cameras and everything about them and they believes real photography can only be shot on film. Everything else is plastic to them. You will find them in a lot of different spaces, but they can easily be spotted by their Rolleiflex or other exotic film camera.

The Landscape Shooter

A very common type of photographer, the landscape shooter loves nature and the outdoors. They have a huge collection of filters and a tripod with them at all times. You can easily spot them as they will be the person on top of a mountain, behind the tripod at 6 AM, if your daft enough to be up the same mountain at that time.

The Night Lover

This photographer rarely shoots anything in normal lighting conditions. Instead, he only comes out at night. You will spot him in places with a nice view, operating his tripod mounted camera with one hand, and holding a tea cup in the other. His main targets are city scapes and starry skies.

The Gig Photographer

They loves music concerts and they are friends with a lot of bands.Their main activity is photographing music venues. The best way to recognise them is to look for someone with a long lens on the side of the stage, occasionally giving the crowd a mean, cold look. They love playing with ISO.

The Biologist

This photographer loves plants and he is more interested in the scientific purpose of photography than creating art. He documents his favourite plants and uses Photoshop to enhance the colours. You can find him crouched in parks and forests, usually using a macro lens or some extension tubes.

The Gourmet

The gourmet loves food and he loves photographing it. He is often best friends with chefs and food stylists and when you don’t see him eating, you’ll most likely find him with a camera above a nice plate. He knows all the best restaurants in town because half of them use his services. You can easily spot him in restaurants or in public talking about food.

The Light Painter

This photographer loves to play with light and you can identify him by the large set of various flashlights. Old buildings present a natural attraction to him and like the Night Lover, most of his game happens at night.

The Dare Devil

This photographer loves adrenaline and everything that is potentially life threatening. They shoots and practices extreme sports and his boring days involve a skateboard and a go pro. Find him photographing all sorts of crazy stuff and generally living on the edge. Most of the time they are jumping out of aircraft or climbing impossible rock faces.

The Astro-photographer

This photographer has is camera pointing up 99% of times. Speaking of cameras, his is most likely modified for astro-photography and it’s mounted on a telescope. He is a very passionate astronomer and you can see him at night, on balconies,on a hilltop or an isolated remote location.

The Architect

The architect loves buildings so much, that he will wait hours in a row, like a landscape photographer, for the light to be perfect. You can find him walking around impressive buildings, looking for the best perspective. He will also be very annoyed with people who happen to cross his frame when he’s at work.

The Photojournalist

He is a dying breed of photographer, one that devotes his life to documenting world events and news. He can be found anywhere something important is happening, from union strikes to war zones. If you happen to be in a war zone you will spot him trying to get a reception on his phone so that he can upload some more misery to the picture desks of the world. I was one of these photographers.

The Car Chaser

All this photographer loves are cars and pictures. Occasionally he will shoot girls on cars, but that’s just to spice things up. He loves hanging out with petrol heads and he talks about cars more than he does about cameras. Find him anywhere near a street race or in empty parking lots shooting muscle cars or pimped BMWs.

The Self Portrait Photographer

Not to be confused with the common selfie taker, this photographer stages elaborate self portraits. They put themselves in a role and his work is often conceptual and intriguing. Their idols include Cindy Sherman and other artists who have made a name by standing in front of the camera. They are hard to find as they make an effort to avoid crowded places and being seen at work.

The Still Life Shooter

They are often a product photographer and spend most of their time thoroughly arranging objects and creating complex lighting schemes. Their images rarely include any people as they enjoys the company of objects. They are hard to find because their work keeps them in the studio.

The Minimalist

He praises the German Bauhaus movement and he centres his work on the idea of transmitting a message using a minimum number of elements. He is good friends with the purist and the architect and they are known for having some of the dullest conversations ever.

The Wedding Shooter

One of the most common photographer types, the wedding shooter doesn’t photograph anything else. Weddings are his bread and butter and he has no interest in becoming good at anything else, nor does art or craft make him excited. Photography is just a job to him and it never goes beyond that. Find him at the nearest wedding.

The Storm Chaser

This photographer thoroughly follows weather reports and they are constantly on the lookout for the next big storm. You will find them wherever people are fleeing from an imminent hurricane. While they know better than to endanger their own life, they will often be caught in potentially life threatening situations.

The Sports Photographer

They are always in the game and closer than you see. They have their eyes on detail at macro level. A range of Big bazookas are present in their arsenal. They love action. They love its intensity.

The Model Photographer

It’s hard to tell if you’re dealing with a model or a photographer in this case. The model photographer is usually a gorgeous young woman that looks as though she has just stepped down from a magazine cover. She usually photographs fashion and uses other beautiful girls as models.

The male variety is something completely different. Read more.


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