15 More Signs You’re a Real Photographer Now

Last year I wrote a blog post called “21 Signs You’re a Real Photographer Now.” Commenters said the post was elitist, “sexist crap,” “truly pointless,” “self-congratulatory nonsense,” and a “waste of time.”

That must mean it’s time for a sequel.

Here are 15 more clues that you have crossed the threshold from pretender to contender:

  1. You don’t say “Lensbaby” without a separating comma, as in “Show me you love my lens, baby.”
  2. You don’t mistakenly use a beauty dish for chips and salsa when your spouse has friends over.
  3. It’s no longer enough to make pilgrimages to all the natural wonders of the world; you now obsess over being there at sunrise, sunset, moon rise and eclipses.
  4. You’re indifferent when the airline tells you they’ve lost your baggage because all your photo gear is in your carry-on. You can always buy new clothes.
  5. You’ll rather use sandpaper in the bathroom than low-quality paper for your photos.
  6. You get irritated when your browsing history on Amazon gets contaminated by items other than photo gear after your spouse uses your computer.
  7. You produce HDR images without the use of software or tripod. Of course, your HDR (“Huge Dumbass Removal”) technique does require that you exit your vehicle on occasion to exclude bystanders who think they’re transparent.
  8. You’re not bothered by your competition’s high-end DSLR — especially when you see that their Speedlight/Speedlite is permanently bolted to their camera’s hotshoe.
  9. Your spouse insists that you either take her with you, or leave your credit card at home, when you go to the neighborhood camera store.
  10. More and more of your Facebook friends want to be tagged in your pictures, even the shy, private ones (and especially those too cheap to pay for profile pictures).
  11. You no longer obsess over websites hot-linking your images; you’re now more interested in the number of visitors being driven to your website — and the leads that result.
  12. Now that you also shoot video, you insist that every shot has to be done at your maximum aperture for that film-like look, even if it’s a group shot requiring more depth of field.
  13. You finally stop obsessing over file size when you realize you don’t even like your own work enough to make a 20″ x 30″ print.
  14. You grudgingly decide to show restraint in your post-production after you see the results your 5-year-old gets with your iPhone and the Hipstamatic app.
  15. Your Twitter followers are increasing because they are stalking you for your great location finds — even though most of your tweets are about where you had lunch.

21 Responses to “15 More Signs You’re a Real Photographer Now”

  1. I don't think it's sexist, elitist or pointless. I think they're funny. Humor is lost on the masses. LOL. Good read!

  2. very droll

  3. Wonderfully amusing!

  4. And haven't we all had #13 days?

  5. I DO wish we still had a #9, though --

  6. Very funny. Made me laugh out loud! I laughed especially hard at #3 #4 #5 #13 and #15. Love it!

  7. Wait, people pay for Facebook profile pictures? People care about Facebook that much?

  8. Some of these are definitely a symptom of being a real photographer. Yes, symptom. It's a kind of illness to be a real one in today's market. #5, #12 πŸ˜€

  9. I can definitely relate to #4 πŸ™‚

  10. Guilty as charged!!! Thanks for the truthful humor.

  11. Great list, so true. #13 & 14 for me.

  12. Love it! Folk who find this offensive... well, we know exactly who they are in the grand scheme of things. πŸ˜€

  13. A fun read. Especially since everyone with a digital camera who shoots pictures of their kids thinks they're a photographer.

    I would add that my Amazon Wish List is now full of photo equipment.

  14. Ladies,
    It's nice to see that most of you saw through the 'spirit' of this list.

    I want to reassure the ladies reading this list, and the original 21 signs, there is no sexism intended.

    Writing 'his/her' and the appropriate gender specific stereotype just doesn't flow as well. But then, what do I know?

    I"m a photographer. (My wife is reading breathing down my neck and making me write this πŸ™‚ )

    And gentlemen, thank you all for the support. I'm going to keep my day job. I am grateful for all your kindness.

  15. The learned Avuncular CONFUCIOUS one said: To Know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, THERE LIES TRUE WISDOM. Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosen or fertilized by EDUCATION; they grow there, firm as weeds among the stones.
    Well Peter Phun - yours truly have read in earnest and would like to mention that the contexts written by you have no anti-sentiments or apathy leanings to what ever classes of "feelings" these so-called fanatics are trying to defend. We are temporary tenants of this Mother Earth - let us enjoy the peace during this short interval and spread the harmony among human kind.

  16. I can definitely relate to #4 after recent trips to Peru and Hawaii. I had everything planned and packed nicely in an official sized carry on.

    First leg of the flights - no problems at all. Then switching airlines, my carry on no longer met their requirements and they said it was oversized.

    I wanted to cry, but I explained to them that I was a professional photographer and all my equipment was in that bag.

    One airline kept the bag in the front of the plane, the other yelled down to the baggage people to be extra careful with that particular bag.

    Nothing was damaged, but I take smaller carry-ons now and split the camera equipment between the two.

    Live and learn.

    Number 8: I'm also not too bothered (just envious) of the folks with better camera equipment because I know what's on my bucket list of equipment and can't manage it right now.

    And yes, I know it's NOT the equipment, but the photographer, but I think it's human nature to want the next best thing. It's crazy that you think you have the latest and greatest and they come out with something better the next day.

  17. 12a. You're not a photographer yet because your dslr doesn't have video.

  18. Oh gawd, #3 is me.

    Have Fun,

  19. I'm 4, 9 and 14. But mostly number 9.

  20. Great List... especially #s 4,5 and 8. πŸ˜€

  21. I'm adding #7 to my repertoire! "Sorry honey, I got to make this one HDR" πŸ™‚

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