A funny thing happens when you put a camera in people’s hands. They do odd things!
After spending a lot of time taking photos and watching others do the same, I have put together a mock celebration of the unusual behavior of photographers. Have you seen any of these types?
These people are genetically predisposed to stand in front of every majestic mountain or tiny puddle they encounter on vacation and get someone to take their photo. Their secret pleasure is blocking the view of landscape photographers.
Motto – Look at me on holidays.
2. Relative shooter
The sole purpose of every family gathering is to assemble everyone into the dreaded family pose. The chaotic process typically begins by using 45 minutes to figure out which relative is missing. The least loved in-law ends up taking photos with everyone’s camera since no one can figure out the timer. Every shot ends up with one pair of closed eyes, a few scowling teenagers or older men and a kid clowning around.
Motto – Isn’t this wonderful!
3. Trophy hunters
These type A personalities are constantly in pursuit of the iconic photo, that they’ve scoped out from following other photographers. They are climbing at 4 a.m. to reach a mountain plateau for the best shot at sunrise and then run off to the next trophy spot. Who has time to actually enjoy the scene?
Motto – I got it and it’s on the mantle.
4. Random paparazzi
Their specialty is constantly watching and photographing people. Sometimes you can watch a street or a party open a path for them as their prey scatters in fear. The unique expression is king and the leathery-skinned elder with a native outfit is the prize catch of the day.
Motto – Now that is character!
5. Drive by shooters
The real purpose is to complete the trip and just get home. They may visit interesting spots along the way but will only slow down enough to roll down the window and grab a shot. These guys are fast.
Motto – Been there, done it, here’s the photo.
6. Wildlife groupies
They claim interest in wildlife but keep their eyes peeled on the road. They are looking for assembled cars, knowing that there’s likely to be wildlife and hopefully a bear. As soon as they stop, they immediately check out the lenses of the other assembled photographers.
Motto – Bear jams mean bears!
7. Baby obsessors
A baby shows up and creates a flood of baby photos, jamming every digital device and social media platform. The term cute is applied universally to all babies of a certain age. However, the number of photos declines exponentially with the number of kids.
Motto – Look what the baby is doing (nothing is usually technically correct).
8. Self absorbed
This person is continually taking self portraits and posting them on Facebook fearing their friends might forgot what they looked like since the last post. The classic pose is the camera held at arm’s length at a 45-degree angle above their head. Typically this person spurns originality. See touristy.
Motto – Look at me.
9. Effects photographer
Every photo gets run through the latest and greatest filters and effects before posting on Instagram or other sites. All photos bear an uncanny resemblance to images taken in bygone eras when cameras were of incredibly poor quality.
Motto – Cool effect (despite everyone using it).
10. The Artistes
These people disappear into their own world for hours or days. They emerge with their prize photograph of a used paper cup or a blurry coloured maze claiming it is true art – mere mortals would never understand.
Motto – Can you feel it?
The endless list might also have included birders, sports mom photographers, bug watchers, storm chasers and a host of others. What other strange behaviours have you observed in yourself or others?