You Know You're A Photographer When, __________.

You Know You're A Photographer When, __________.

Reality is sometimes funnier than fiction when it relates to something we all do. In this situation, I asked my network of colleagues to fill in the blank, “You know you're a photographer when, ____.” The responses were better than I was expecting! Here are some of the best answers given by other photographers in the industry. Be sure to post your own answers in the comments as well! 

“Strangers approach you to snap a camera pic and you instruct them to move into the best light direction.” - Rita Granberry-El

“When you want to retouch/photoshop everyone's faces.” - Bryant Phethmanh

“Everything in life is set up to look good in print.” - Courtney Dailey

“You've got to park your car outside because the garage is turned into your photo studio.” - Kanoa Ulter

“ You can't seem to look at someone's face without wondering how good it would look retouched.” - Kanoa Ulter

“Your carry-on is way too heavy to be on the plane.” - Romi Burianova

“When you look at someone and can't concentrate on what they're saying because there's a freaking highlight on their nose.” - Hannah Rhymes

“You can't sit through a movie without questioning the damn hair-light which magically moves room to room.” - Phen Mas

“Seeing unique light makes you jump like a school girl.” - Phocus C. Jr.

“You start to frame everything you see.” - Butch

“You take more pictures on your iPhone than your actual camera.” - Kanoa Ulter

“When you spend more money on equipment in a year than you do on rent.” - Sky Cheshure

“When you are driving somewhere and you see the location as an editorial spread in a magazine.” - Sage Bell


All the quotes above were posted with their permission.

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when you even sees what no one else sees

Maarten de Boer's picture

When you focus your eyes on your finger and to try to see what your eye's bokeh looks like :D

Mark Smith's picture

When you stop reading photo blogs and you go out and shoot

Mike Rickard's picture

When you see a beautiful young woman & you think, "Damn! I'd love to take her … photo."

Tiago Miguel Costa's picture

You know you're a photographer when your mom ask you if you go work, instead than ask you if you're gonna shoot something! ahahah.

You have mastered the "camerasutra".

You haven't attending a wedding as a guest in seven years. 

All around you is art waiting to be captured.  

Amen, Casey...

You aren't in any of your family photos.

... when you've been questioned by security personnel for acting suspiciously in your obsession to find the best angle.

Gabby's picture

You're on your way to your day job in the morning, seeing the sun rise, and pull over to get a picture, even though you're running late already.

when you're camera gear is the most expensive among anything else you own 

When you're broke! 

You know you're a photographer when you pay more attention to the lenses on the sidelines of NFL football games than the actual game....

when you choose restaurants for gatherings based on the quality of the lighting instead of the food.

When you take your camera to your mother in-laws funeral.

You get angry when you see an instagram photo or a crappy shot being called professional image. Lost hope with the photography industry and want to change your career to a better one.

You know you are a photographer when you carry a small light meter in your pocket instead of a stopwatch. 

when you dont need photoshop or instagram  ..... ANYMORE!!!

Gabby's picture

When staying up late at night isn't torture.

David Leyland's picture

When you can see beauty in the mundane!

When you're reading a thread this long on Fstoppers.

when you check the models eyes on every posters, magazines or billboards what type of lighting gears were used and how it was positioned to catch the reflection.

How about this: You know you're a really old photographer when________
- you think a histogram is the results of a medical test
- you can't figure out how to get the film out of that tiny plastic holder to develop it
- reference to a Pocket Wizard is considered rude in certain company
- the F stops...

or whenever you ask about ASA

You are a photographer if you have a gear worth $16,000 in your National Geographic bag.

or you just have money...

If you have money, you`re not a photogragrhper. If you had money on the other hand....

You also know that you`re a photographer when you stop caring about sleep, and start caring about that one little pimple you forgot to such an extent that you are too tired to spell "photographer" correctly.

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