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Term often misused to describe a "Camera Owner."

Photographer should define to individuals using cameras who are dedicated, show some level of skill, talent, or expertise, and usually persist in taking pictures for extended periods of their life.

Buy a piano you aren't automatically a pianist.
Buy a plane and you aren't automatically a pilot.
Buy a camera and you're a photographer.
Look I just got this camera at a garage sale, say cheese, I'll be your photographer.

Dude, you're just a camera owner... take the lens cap off... you've got a long way to go before you're a real photographer.
by schafphoto August 02, 2012
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When you think up something brilliantly righteous while baked.
X: I had this great highdea last night
Y: You clearly were philosopher stoned.
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What just about every scene kid and hipster under the age of 25 calls themselves these days. Many own Canon Rebel xtis and rely heavily on cropping and Photoshop filters to give their otherwise mundane photos an "artsy" feel. It is also not uncommon to see them wielding Lomography cameras (usually a Holga, now that they're sold at Urban Outfitters) on any given day. Typically, these "photographers" cite Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, or, in the case of those Vice Magazine devotees, Terry Richardson, Cobrasnake, or Richard Kern, as major influences, because they couldn't name any other photographers to save their lives.

The typical subjects of their photographs include, but are not limited to: pidgeon-toed girls in Converse that have been drawn on with ballpoint pens and/or Sharpies, flowers/weeds growing out of cracks in sidewalks, juxtapositions of objects that typically don't go together (in one such case, a Queen of Hearts playing card on a cracked sidewalk), a girl who looks like something out of an American Apparel ad smoking a cigarette, decaying buildings, and just about anything that looks "vintage" (ie, yellowing washing machines in a laundromat).
16-year-old Dylan took to calling herself a photographer after receiving her Canon Rebel for Christmas, and snapping a few photos of sidewalks in Decatur.
"These photos represent the irony of life," she said.
"And you represent the bane of modern photography," David replied.
by Humberttt January 12, 2008
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A photographer is a person who takes photographs using a camera. A professional photographer uses photography to make a living, while amateur photographers take photographs for pleasure and to record an event, place or person.

Not all photographers are scene or emo kids and not all rely heavily on photoshop or any other photo editing software (such as GIMP, Lightroom, photobucket, etc) to make their photos look unique.

Some photographers actually are photographers, not just "What just about every scene kid and hipster under the age of 25 calls themselves these days.". Some actually shoot photographs for a purpose rather than because it is the "cool" thing to do at the moment. Some great photographers are Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Les Forrester, Lara Jade, Andrew Gransden, Joe Rosenthal, Jill Greenberg, and Annie Leibovitz.

A photographer may stick to one subject area, such as portraiture or nature strictly, but quite a few usually spread their subject areas among many different kinds of photography, such as nature, portraiture, still life, photojournalism, urban & rural, and architecture, just to name a few.
She became a photographer in hopes that she would one day become as great as Ansel Adams.
by SavannahGrey December 30, 2009
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person who, despite their best efforts, can't help but to take:
1.) an enormous amount of photos
2.) a normal amount of photos that always turn out to be amazing
aka: shutterbug

people might POSE as a photographer;
in reality they are stalking you when they use that long lens to see inside your window
by dominique hamilton December 09, 2006
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An Artist that takes pictures for a living. Photographers are able to get amazing shots through Candid, Pin-ups, Portraits, ect.

People do call themselves photographers even though they take blurry, meaningless, photographs. These people ruin a great form of art. These people normally can not take critiques for their life, even when they ask for it.
Person 1: Look at this photo I just took! I'm such a good Photographer!

Person 2: This is horrible! This has no meaning let alone any definition! You are no photographer.

Other example

Person 1: I'd love some feed back on my photography.

Person 2: First off, this picture is way to burry. I can't tell what's even in this picture. Also the light is extremely yellow, so I'm guessing this was taken inside at night.


Person 3: Lolz you asked for critique
by yourmum234 February 13, 2011
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The only person a woman attentively listens to and obeys sincerely and does exactly as he says.
No women will ever do as you say unless you are a photographer
by Maurys Gaucho November 06, 2017
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