Do you recognise any of these types of photographers? If not, it’s probably you

Oct 16, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Do you recognise any of these types of photographers? If not, it’s probably you

Oct 16, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Every so often, something comes along in the name of parody that really hits home. In my time working with a camera, I’ve come across every single one of these at some point or other. This wonderful series of illustrations were created by Mike Roshuk at pixelcrush_ca and while they do play on stereotypes, we’ve almost certainly all met them at some point.

We’ve featured Mike’s work here on DIYP before, and it’s really excellent. Hopefully, you’re not one of the photographers featured in his latest series. Or, at least strive to not be one of these. But on the off chance that you haven’t met any of these people in your photographic journey, watch out, one of them might just be you.

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359264261440/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359297594770/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359340928099/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359394261427/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359440928089/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359480928085/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359517594748/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359580928075/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/pixelcrushartist/photos/pcb.629359680928065/629359637594736/?type=3&theater

While most are just a bit of harmless fun, that last one is definitely a type of camera owner you should not aspire to become (as is the GWC).

To keep things fair, Mike has also created a series of Typical models that every photographer knows which is just as funny and rings just as true. I’ve met all of these at some point, and I’ve met some models that were several of these combined. They were all a lot of fun to work with, though, except “The Flake”, for obvious reasons.

You can find out more about Mike on his website and follow his work on Facebook.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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29 responses to “Do you recognise any of these types of photographers? If not, it’s probably you”

  1. J Kenrick Bernard Avatar
    J Kenrick Bernard

    Lol

  2. Albert Alianna Avatar
    Albert Alianna

    I rather feel ‘personally attacked’ because there is no female photographer at all. ? WHERE ARE WE? I want to smile on female stereotypes too. ?

    1. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
      Angelina Wiese Devine

      Let’s list the stereotypes of female photographers, I know an awesome artist that can draw us :D

    2. Albert Alianna Avatar
      Albert Alianna

      Angelina Wiese Devine okay, I start! ? i write one, you write one.
      – the tomboy

    3. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
      Angelina Wiese Devine

      Oh my – thinking of wordings, to not offend people I actually like :D

    4. Albert Alianna Avatar
      Albert Alianna

      We must learn to laugh on ourselves :DDD

    5. Basia Kowalska Avatar
      Basia Kowalska

      The female photographers all got under one stereotype—the invisible photographer

  3. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
    Angelina Wiese Devine

    Now we just ned the typical female photographer ;)

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      Although these cartoons are funny, not having the female version shows just how much photography is a male-predominant industry. :)

      On a side note, I remember when I googled “photographer” and “model” for an article I wrote. “Photographer” would give results with mostly men, and “model” with mostly women.

    2. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
      Angelina Wiese Devine

      Are you sure it is still a male-predominant industry? Without really doing any statistics, I feel like when it comes to portraitphotographers it is a lot more women – epsecially if we are talking under 50 (and if we are talking under 30, it is nearly only women).

      1. pincherio Avatar
        pincherio

        First, he said “he thinks.” Second, he said “society still sees it.” This means that it is not his opinion that photography is a male-dominated profession. He just thinks that this is how society sees it. Personally, I don’t care who dominates the industry, as long as prices of gear goes down. Unfortunately…

    3. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      Hm, to put it differently, I think that society still SEES it as male-predominant. But I think that the number of women in the industry is actually pretty high!
      I’m not relying on statistics either, just my personal feeling :)

    4. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
      Angelina Wiese Devine

      See here is an articel we need! Because I think if you ask parents with young babies about who they “see” as a photographer, I think they “see women” – on the other hand, if you ask about filming, models, fashion, I think people “see” men. For weddings, I think it is close to 50/50 …

      And we all know, if you ask Nikon, they see men, no matter what ;)

      So, Udi Tirosh – free topic right here for an articel – is the industry still male dominant – and is it still seen that way? :D

      1. Marko Avatar
        Marko

        No it’s not. From the mothers (family photos, daycare photos, school photography), to spouses and wives (couples session, engagement session, weddings, anniversaries) most of our clients are women, not men. The men just comply. And hand down, they prefer women photographers.

  4. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    I don’t get it.

  5. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    They also have a series with “The Model
    Quite realistic if you ask me.

  6. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    Why don’t you publish the 2nd set which is of female models?

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      It’s not a website for models. I linked to them in it, though. :)

    2. Kevin Auld Avatar
      Kevin Auld

      It’s not, no, but it’s nice to balance out the sexism.

    3. Basia Kowalska Avatar
      Basia Kowalska

      Balancing out the sexism would be addressing that female photographers and make models exist, which this satirical series evidently isn’t aware of.

    4. Collin McLaren Avatar
      Collin McLaren

      “I’m noticing a whole lot of hyper-sexual model archetypes-”
      *looks at their model shots*
      “Ooooohh I get it now…”

  7. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Missing the many types of wildlife shooters, nature, birders, pair team ups, waterfowl specialist, and so on. ??

    And where are the lady shooters? ?

  8. Nich Sweet Avatar
    Nich Sweet

    I’m just here for the butthurt people….

  9. Collin McLaren Avatar
    Collin McLaren

    These are so blank slated and stereotypical that I’m finding it hard TO be personally attacked.

    Aside from the Expert, literally every other one is just “This is a caricature….its a caricature.”

    THIS is how you satirize photographers!!

  10. Anthony Pardines Avatar
    Anthony Pardines

    Being a PHOTOGRAPHY blog, it seems like it would be funnier (and more challenging) with actual PHOTOS of these people, instead of comic book drawings.

  11. Timothy Jackson Avatar
    Timothy Jackson

    Come on guys, it’s a joke. The ‘Every Model’ ones are hilarious as well. Take a laugh, and get over your egos.

  12. Mark Shelley Avatar
    Mark Shelley

    Everyone seems to be taking this way too seriously. It is a bit of fun, have a giggle and move on. It does not need a serious critique or suggestions for improvement.

  13. Michael Schnelle Avatar
    Michael Schnelle

    Missing me, the adict. Carey’s a camera everywhere, is sick of the complaint about specs, owns far too many cameras, still shoots film on occasion, and has an “I hit the lottery cart” on B&H with gear set for every occasion because, why not.