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What does a 'real' photographer look like?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by OzRay, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Manufacturers of camera gear and accessories naturally want to embellish their products with 'real' looking people, but when I see photographers depicted in these ads I just want to burst out laughing. Never in my life have I ever seen any photographer look like what's depicted in those ads.

    The latest, which prompted me to raise this post, is Lowepro with their new camera cases:

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    Olympus is not immune:

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    In my news and sports days, I think I was the most well dressed photographer about, as I always wore trousers, a shirt with collar and clean shoes or boots. The regular photographer's attire would be faded jeans, T-shirt and runners. For formal assignments I'd even put on a suit and tie.

    Mind you, I never looked as cool as the dudes in these and other ads. :) 
     
  2. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Browsing through the Selfportraits thread, the above images are just like I see there. :rofl:
     
  3. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Here's a celebrity using m4/3 gear (not really sure whether he owns it or was given to him for a publicity shot by Olympus Finland) and he certainly doesn't look like the 'cool' guy in the ads (he just lacks that intense look - snow glare doesn't count):

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  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    Yeah, well your average lingerie wearer doesn't look like Heidi Klum or Gisele Bundchen, either!!! :laugh1:
     
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  5. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    Now we are just waiting for James Hetfield to introduce him self on the introductions thread.
     
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  6. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    In my mind, a "real" photographer looks something like Joe McNally. A little rumpled, a bit rough around the edges, humping his own gear up stairs and onto flights. Those fashion model types are on the other side of the lens.
     
  7. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Or Moose Peterson:

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  8. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Most photographers I've seen have built-in "gut" support for their cameras! Haha
     
  9. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    Agreed, although that is a really old picture of Moose. He has trimmed down a bit, his hair is now all grey and white (as is mine) and, most of all, he hasn't shot Canon in decades. I run into him pretty often as we both live and shoot in the Yosemite area. I'll have to twit him a bit about this pic. :) 
     
  10. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Cool. I noticed that in this shot he's using a Canon, but he's apparently a Nikon ambassador. I used that photo as it was what I always remember of him from reading his posts on his web site. I guess it's still a fair representation, as it is what he looked like in his early years, certainly not a runway model. ;) 
     
  11. johnvanatta

    johnvanatta Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Aug 5, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    I like to start with the backpacker's chic nylon convertible pants. Add a blaze orange T shirt and fleece. Then finish it off with a shoulder clip for the camera. It's a subtle look, but very refined :) 
     
  12. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    It doesn't exist if there are no photos. :) 
     
  13. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    684
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Huh? Don't know what you mean???
    Here's a real photographer

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  14. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    He's really cool. I wonder what he's drinking? And that tripod!
     
  15. johnvanatta

    johnvanatta Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    260
    Aug 5, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    I wish I had a good one that really showed off the majesty of the wardrobe. Selfies just don't cut it. Best I can do is swipe one from my brother's facebook.
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  16. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    That's what Olympus, Lowepro and every other camera manufacturer/accessory maker should be depicting. Not metrosexuals or hipsters that wouldn't actually know which end of the camera to look through.
     
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  17. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

    316
    Feb 23, 2013
    Washington State
    What . . . you guys don't really look like that?
     
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  18. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I know I do ;) 

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  19. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    That guy IS me! That is exactly how I look in my head. It's me right down to the "I don't give a rip" sneer. And I am also "the most interesting man in the world". I've got a better six pack though.
     
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  20. travlpix

    travlpix New to Mu-43

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    Jul 19, 2010
    Eddie Adams in Vietnam.....
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