What kind of photographer are you

Who are you? Occasional snapper, ambitious photographer or something in between?

To get anywhere in photography, you first need to know what you want. This knowledge plays a major role when buying a camera, but also when looking for motifs or post-processing the pictures.

In order to categorize the different types of photographers I did mine five categories considered.

Occasional snapshots, vacation photos and family pictures, vacation photos ++, amateur photographer, ambitious amateur photographer or professional.

As a rule of thumb, it can be said that the The least amount of time required per picture for the occasional sniper is and keeps increasing so that the professional invests most of the time in a single image.

The time it takes to take a picture

Occasional snappers

  • You take a quick snap here and there.
  • You don't want to deal with the technology (aperture, shutter speed, focal length ...).
  • You don't want to spend time post-processing your pictures.
  • You rarely print out your pictures.

Since the advent of smartphones, the group of casual snappers is probably by far the largest group.
In the days of analog photography, this group hardly existed at all.

Suitable cameras for occasional snappers: smartphone or simple compact camera

Vacation photos and family pictures

  • With you, the camera is primarily in the closet and you only take it out for special events.
  • You don't want to deal with the technology (aperture, shutter speed, focal length ...).
  • You don't want to spend a lot of time post-processing your pictures.
  • You print out your pictures here and there or create a photo book

In the days of analog photography, these were the people who brought their film cans to Schlecker or dm after their vacation and then packed the pictures into an album or left them to rot in the case after they were picked up. πŸ™‚

This is by no means meant to sound negative. Going on vacation or to family celebrations and having beautiful pictures of them without much effort is absolutely legitimate.
Camera in hand, automatic mode on and off you go!

Suitable cameras: compact camera, possibly smartphone

Vacation photos ++

  • With you, the camera is primarily in the closet and you only take it out for special events.
  • You are interested in the basics of technology.
  • The word image design is not a foreign word for you.
  • You know that images often need post-processing, but you don't want to overdo the time it takes.
  • You print out your pictures here and there or create a photo book

By vacation photos ++ I mean that you want more than just holding onto it in automatic mode.
You don't run around with your camera all the time, but when the opportunity arises, such as vacation, family celebrations or other events, then you are happy to invest some time in the pictures.

Suitable cameras: bridge camera, compact camera

Hobby photographer

  • You do photo tours
  • The basic understanding of technology is a matter of course for you
  • Image design, stylistic devices, the message of a picture ... you will hear the doorbell!
  • Post-processing your photos is part of the normal workflow
  • You also print your pictures large

Photography is your hobby! And hobby means that you are willing to invest time and money.
It's not just about documenting a holiday or a celebration, you go out to photograph all kinds of things. You deal with a motif, record it from different angles and at home on the computer it is then sorted and post-processed.

Suitable cameras: bridge camera, reflex camera, system camera, noble compact camera

Ambitious amateur photographer or professional

Please refer Hobby photographer just a little better, more complex and more expensive.
And:

  • You are active in photo communities
  • You take part in competitions
  • You want to make money with your photos or you are already doing it

Photography is life! You rarely go out of the house without a camera, you are constantly looking for new subjects and you want the best possible quality.
Then you are either an ambitious amateur photographer or already a professional!

Suitable cameras: SLR or system cameras, but actually all the others too! πŸ™‚

Bottom line

Of course, you don't necessarily have to place yourself firmly in one category. Even the professional snaps his cell phone at a family celebration.
I also find myself switching to automatic mode more and more often because there are simply situations where it works best.
But if you have a rough idea of ​​where your own journey should go, then a lot has been gained. And just Being an occasional sniper is perfectly fine, even if this is kind of the one Beginner is.
But I also drive a car and am not a racing driver and I am happy with it. πŸ™‚

And what am I?

I think I'm somewhere between that Amateur photographers and the ambitious amateur photographer lie. When you deal with the matter, you work your way up bit by bit.
But I also really like to just be Occasional snappers, In the Tenerife article I already thought about buying a small compact one. The ghost continues to haunt my head. Let's see what time brings with it.

And you? what would you classify yourself as now?