You know you’re a photographer if…

  • you’re out for dinner and unconsciously complain aloud about lighting with mixed color temperatures.
  • your significant other tells you to focus, and you grab your camera.
  • you say you love to shoot kids and animals, and people look at you funny.
  • you get arrested after going up to a cop and asking him if he knows where you can find a ladder because you want a better angle from which to shoot the governor.
  • you pull out your camera phone at a bar and begin to play with angles.
  • you’re in a strip bar and wonder aloud what f/stop you’ll need to catch the dancer, using only ambient light, as she slides down the pole.
  • you’re getting your credential photo taken at an event and you demand that the person taking your photo move to the right, in order to obtain a cleaner background.
  • you can walk into any room or onto any scene and manually set your exposure within +/- one stop of the actual exposure.
  • you’ve ever said the words “Nothin’ a little gaffer’s tape can’t fix.”
  • you believe that people of the opposite sex will be impressed with the size of your flash card.
  • you slam your jeep into the back of a van, and after looking around to see if everyone’s okay, your first thought is “well, I can forget about that new Mark IV.”
  • you pray for overcast days while you’re vacationing in Hawaii because the light is better.
  • your 2-year-old counts like this:  “1.4, 2.0, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22.”
  • you read the photography magazines that arrive in your mail cover-to-cover before you even glance at Cosmo, Maxim, or Victoria’s Secret.
  • you’re shooting a downhill mountain-bike race that your kid is in, he crashes and gets stuck upside-down beneath a pile of logs, but you first grab a couple of shots before running to help him.
  • you’re shooting a bull-riding event and the bull zeroes in on you, but instead of turning and running for your life, you run backwards and keep shooting… just in case.
  • you’ve scared the passengers in your car to death because you slammed on the brakes, skidded to a stop, and reversed without warning in the middle of the street, because you caught a great potential shot out of the corner of your eye.
  • you’re searching for a house to buy and find yourself frustrated by the awful photos taken by the Realtors.
  • you attend a friend’s wedding and you have more gear in your car than what’s being used by the wedding photographer.
  • you’re the official photographer for your own wedding.
  • you’re watching a pro sporting event but paying more attention to the photographers on the sidelines than the actual game (and I just did exactly that while watching a recent Eagles/Dallas game).
  • your friends harass you for giving unsolicited photo tips to fellow tourists while at national parks and other weekend destinations. “Seriously, your flash will NOT improve your pictures of Mt. Rushmore…”
  • while dreaming about your upcoming honeymoon, you think more of the photo ops and about what camera gear to take.
  • you visit family and someone hands you their recent wedding album, and all you do is complain about the photography.
  • you set up remote cameras, strobes and pocket wizards at a friend’s birthday party to get an angle that none of your other friends will get when it comes time to blow out the candles.
  • you pay more attention to the wattage of the bulbs in the light fixture above your table at a restaurant, than to your dinner companion.

(I found this on the Internet somewhere, so I take no credit for it! ;))


~ by Karen Rosenblum on January 18, 2010.

7 Responses to “You know you’re a photographer if…”

  1. That’s a great one! You know you’re a photographer if someone who’s frustrated says to you “just shoot me” and you pull out your camera.

  2. …lol! Ten outa ten Karen! 🙂

  3. I never saw this before – thanks for posting it – another great one!

  4. we know YOUR a photographer!

  5. Well I’m def not a photographer. Never did any of these things. I don’t even understnad most of them! LOL

  6. Guilty as charged! Christine

  7. Hey Karen, saw your GREAT list, thought you might be interested in checking this site out:

    a site made specifically for it!

    You can upload your photos as background as well. CRAZY.

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