I Am A Photographer, Not A Tog, Clicker Or Snapper

Apr 26, 2015

Dave Kai Piper

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I Am A Photographer, Not A Tog, Clicker Or Snapper

Apr 26, 2015

Dave Kai Piper

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Ok.. for start, I am a photographer, not a tog, clicker, snapper, pho-tog, GWC or any other title that seems to be coming a frequent addition to the online forum lexicon. I am not sure why these terms wind me up so much but they do, and I think it has more to do with the way people use them. Nothing winds me up more than photographers referring to each other or even clients using these terms.

It must be something about the way that ‘tog’ makes us sound cheap that gets to me. It is an awful way to refer to a persons craft and profession. We already have to contend with being ‘content producers’ in a ‘service industry’ from the client side and it is an extra kick in the teeth then other people who enjoy the world of photography support the slang terms too.

A few years ago, photographer (staying nameless) accused me of only being a ‘button clicker’ as I was shooting following a make-up artists plans and concepts. He said to me that I was just a clicker as none of the ideas where mine and that I my involvement was to just press the button. It annoyed me at the time and might of stuck around more than I thought in my head. Being a photographer is a very complex thing. We do many things and not just push buttons like the simplified slang terms imply. From building up the investment in my work, the long hours of planning, research, training, editing and shooting I like to think I do more than press buttons. The camera is one tiny aspect of what we do.

In my eyes, if you are happy to be called a ‘tog’ and happy to call other a ‘tog’ you are acknowledging one very small aspect of the craft and feathering the mindset that photography is only about pressing buttons and that the camera is all important. I find the type of person using this term is the same person obsessed with sharpness, bokeh and the less artistic elements of photography. I think that it is no coincidence that the people who love to moan online in the deep bowels of the internet and not out shooting are the people using these terms.

While we are righting some wrongs, the internet is bad place. I am always aware as a whole we all spend way to much time online. I kind of think that photographers belong outside in the world, not on online forums. Not a day goes by that I hear of something said something about someone on some place. Shame on these gossips and name callers who hide behind a keyboard. In short, the term ‘tog’ reminds me of this bitchy angry world that lurks online. I don’t like it and don’t want to be a part of it.

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Dave Kai PiperDave Kai Papier is a UK based Fashion & Portrait Photographer. As well as being a Pentax Ambassador, Fuji X-Photographer, 3 legged thing & Lexar Ambassador, DKP works as a consultant though Ideas & Images for such companies as Future Publishing. DKP is also an Adobe Community Professional. You can follow Dave on his BlogFacebook and Twitter. This article was originally written for AP Magazine – “Viewpoint” article (p8, 6 April), published here and shared with permission.

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17 responses to “I Am A Photographer, Not A Tog, Clicker Or Snapper”

  1. Paul Walters Avatar
    Paul Walters

    Finally.

    Genuinely thought it was just me that hates the term “Tog”.

    1. Dave Kai Piper Avatar
      Dave Kai Piper

      it is a odd term I find…

  2. Clayton Glover Avatar
    Clayton Glover

    I dont care what you call me as long as your check clears.. lol

    1. Dave Kai Piper Avatar
      Dave Kai Piper

      thats the truth !

  3. Rob Timko Photography Avatar
    Rob Timko Photography

    I’m a GWC pervert who makes money and doesn’t give a crap what people call each other.

  4. Henry Rodgers Avatar
    Henry Rodgers

    I’m over it.

  5. Mike Van Dusen Avatar
    Mike Van Dusen

    I don’t really like tog, but I think that’s a lot to read in to it – it just shorter to say and easier to type, that’s it…

    “The internet is bad place.” I have nothing wrong with the sentiment that one may want to spend less time wasting time online, but this generalization is grating. Why come post about how much you hate… people who post stuff online…

  6. Eric Jaakkola Avatar
    Eric Jaakkola

    I don’t know what you are, but it’s probably in the DSM IV

  7. Ahmet Avatar
    Ahmet

    I hate THX. How f*cking thankful you must be if you do not even take the effort type thank you. But I won’t rant about it. Maybe point it out sometimes. Tog is similar. Can be disrespectful, just like calling someone bro. Your bro can be a tog, but you can’t call Ansel Adams either. :)

  8. Benjamin Von Wong Avatar
    Benjamin Von Wong

    Does it even matter? Why waste energy worrying on something that will neither elevate your work or change people’s perspective on it. Too many fucks given for something you will never control. Kinda like road rage

    1. Dave Kai Piper Avatar
      Dave Kai Piper

      :)

  9. Peter Bower Avatar
    Peter Bower

    I don’t find tog offensive. It’s just a shortening of photographer. Do you find email offensive, as it’s just shortening electronic mail. What about phone, which is short for telephone. Finding tog offensive is bizarre to me. Button clicker and snapper do have negative connotations associated with them of having no art or skill involved and you’re just, well, clicking a button or snapping shots willy nilly. But, who cares. I’ve have many people say “You must have an awesome camera” comment before. Couldn’t care less. More important things to worry about in life.

  10. Matt Needham Avatar
    Matt Needham

    What other people call me is something I haven’t worried about since grade school.

  11. Renlish Avatar
    Renlish

    Don’t sweat petty things. You give power to something that really has none.

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      And don’t pet sweaty things.

  12. mike ricca Avatar
    mike ricca

    I dislike them not because they’re reductionist or trivializing or any of that but just because they all sound so dumb.

    “Tog” and “pho-tog” are some of the most insipid nicknames I’ve ever heard. And the combination of letters just sounds bad. It’s like “moist.”

    “Shooter” is okay. I use that one sometimes.

  13. Damon Guy Avatar
    Damon Guy

    Interesting. It is a shame that the author is so short on facts. Photog is a very old term. It dates back to around 1880. It is a full definition in the Oxford English Dictionary and is also of American origin. It is one of those words that preceded the cool lexicon of the day and has wide and historical English and American usage. On my website I also point out in my definition of the word that it has a modern day use in blogging. You can read the information for yourself on this page of my blog: http://www.photokonnexion.com/definition-photog/