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Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by Emerana, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. Emerana

    Emerana TPF Noob!

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    When did you start calling yourself a "photographer"? I have been shooting a month, so I call myself a picture taker :)
     
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    Sideburns TPF Noob!

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    It depends who I'm talking to whether I do or not. But I'll be honest with you...I'm not a photographer really...I'm workin on it, though.
     
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    i prefer to call myself an artist, I dont make any money with photos and photographer seems a bit professional for what i like to do.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    At this point in my evolution, I am an enthusiastic amateur "something"... lol.
    Camera buff? Maybe.
    Photographer? Not quite earned that yet, IMHO.

    I have lots of time to earn that in my own eyes, though. No rush. It is only a word... and words tend to want to classify. I have no desire to classify my status in this hobby any deeper at this moment than perhaps "a seeker of the pleasures in learning photography" for now.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When you are a) making money, b) everyone calls you a photographer, c) you have the urge to join some social title to gain a sense of self awareness even though you're still just a picture taker.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Never did. Never will.
    Others did, though, even in the newspaper, but those weren't my words!

    "I like to take photos" is my way of putting it.
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When I took on an administrative position on Photo-Lucidity. Other than that I am just a guy with a camera and film.
     
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    I think I've earned to call my self a photographer, come on people. A good one? Not really. Pro? Definitely NOT.

    But I don't think the term "photographer" means professional or good by any means, now days at least.
     
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    calling yourself a photographer is one thing. calling yourself a professional photographer is quite another.

    i have always called myself a photographer, even when i first started. when i talk to other people about my VERY EXPEN$IVE passion, i say i am learning to be a good photographer. when i speak to fellow photographers i say that i am learning to see.

    if you were playing drums (good or not) you would still be a drummer.
     
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    Trenton Romulox TPF Noob!

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    I call myself a photographer.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Interesting question. I'm a photographer. I make photographs for a living. It's my "day job." I can't remember when it was that I first felt comfortable with the title.

    On weekends, I work as a music director at church. I plan all the selections, rehearse the choir and other instrumentalists, play at least three services every week, and I am compensated. I've been doing this for more then 10 years, but I'm REALLY reluctant to call myself a musician. I will occasionally own up to being a novice musician.

    I suspect it's different for each of us. I think it has something to do with self-image. I suppose once I felt competent to take on photography jobs and feel confident that I could CONSITANTLY deliver good results... that's when I felt I was a photographer. I consider myself a portrait photographer and a commercial photographer (product and industrial work with some architecture). I would bow out of any fashion work and some photojournalism.

    Interesting to think about.

    -Pete
     
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    When I started taking pride in my work.
     

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