How to Annoy a Photographer

Photographers have to deal with a lot of annoying things, whether from clients, other photographers, online trolls, or others. What is it that annoys you? If you need a bit of catharsis, this video should do you a bit of good. 

Coming to you from Justin Mott, this great video features him discussing things people say that are particularly annoying to hear as a photographer. We all deal with this, but everyone has one or two things that particularly get on their nerves. The one that always annoys me is being pestered for images well before the agreed-upon delivery date. From a client's perspective, I understand the excitement of receiving images, and I certainly do not mind a bit of that, but when it turns to pestering, then I think it crosses a line. I have found a bit of education after the shoot helps a lot. A lot of clients simply do not understand how much time and effort goes into post-processing, instead assuming we just click a shutter and we're done. Talking them through the process a bit helps them to better understand why there's a waiting period and also helps them better appreciate why things cost what they do. Check out the video above for what annoys Mott (jump to 3:51 for the beginning of the rant). 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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It's a trick question; photographers have annoyance as a base state.

Good one!

Oh, I must be a photographer.

The "Can you bring your camera" crap: While its been a few years since I've been asked that, it used to happen quite often. The answer was always the same, starting with questions about the event and then a price quote. It always ended with the price quote.

Funnily enough they always came from the same kind of people. Those who are friends when they need something but have never sent a single dollar's worth of business at any point before that.

Addressing the shadowing issue: The most annoying and hilarious request for shadowing came from a drunk restauranteur exhaling his smoke/alcohol dragon breath in my face telling me why I should allow his kid to "shadow" me which in this case translated into giving him a free education. He wasn't so drunk that when I told him that I'd consider it he knew I was completely blowing it off.

There's a funny little slide-y thing below the video. Try dragging it to the right.

Fun to watch (after some long minutes of talking). I'd say: Say no with a smile. How? Let's see in part 2.

On a somewhat related story I have a friend who loves taking photos (they're ok) and her friend kept saying that her photos that she posted should be in National Geographic. I finally got tired of seeing this statement over and over and finally explained how NG just doesn't post anyone's photos.

The comment that I dislike the most is "That's a great photograph, you must have an amazing camera!". My retort to that one has become "Yes, just like Rembrandt had a great paint brush". It works.

It's nicely explained, we're waiting for part 2 - expecting some John Cleese alike tips & tricks.

Regarding wedding photography, I used to have a policy that three were no cameras apart from mine! This is especially a problem during the ceremony and during the family photos. This was before phone cameras and it's ten times worse now.
I had a one wedding where someone was standing out to the very left side trying to take photos of the groups. My assistant told him not to and he lowered the camera only to raise it again. So my assistant went over and just took it off him. The guy wasn't impressed but that's tough. What happens as we all know is that you end up with pictures with everyone looking in different directions!
There was a photographer years ago who hired himself out to just set up the shots! No camera at all. he charged the normal amount for this and hopefully the party got some images from the guests!
Another instance was when a plumber wanted images of a gas fire gong. This was in the film days. No Photoshop!
I got some good images but he didn't like the fact that the bottom of the flame was clear where it is hottest. Wanted that part to be coloured as well!
I got great shots and he eventually paid. Then I see his ad in a magazine. He had redone the shot to get the effect he wanted and the result was under exposed and very soft! Looked awful and wouldn't have helped his business! But he knew best!

The banter, apparently word vomit in a 6 minutes channel talk and promotion before getting to the subject in a video is one of the things that annoys photogs.

A critic who thinks he can do better but can't or won't is one of the things that annoys photographers.

i actively do better all the time you don't know my channels nor my traits

I know the nature of your post. It's "word vomit".

"What camera do you use?"
Just don't.