What Kind of a Photographer Are You?

Yes, you. I am talking to you. We’d like to get a better sense of who our blog audience is, and have decided to try throwing some simple polls into the mix to help us get to know you better. So if you wouldn’t mind participating, we would sure appreciate it!



Tell us what you like to photograph below in the comments.

9 thoughts on “What Kind of a Photographer Are You?

Dave Foster

You left out “travel” photography … the which I kind of “fell” into as a start to my serious photography.

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Page Orb Pedde

You’re right! Good call Dave. One for travel photography.
If I left out your area of photography in the poll above tell me what it is.

Susan Bordner

After much consideration, I’ve decided to call myself an “impulse” photographer. I pretty much always have a camera with me so I can capture whatever catches my eye…. people and animals, patterns, actions, scenes…. anything. I’ve gotten some of my best photos in some of the most random places.

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Page Orb Pedde

Susan that’s a great explanation. I can definitely relate to “impulse” photography. I just get so excited about…well everything.

Richard Harrison

Well I checked off nature and people but truth be known I am attracted to architecture of ever sort from decaying barns to soaring hi-rise office buildings. So if there were a category of architectural landscapes I’d vote for that. Next in line would be natural scenes with or without wildlife and then people in very candid shots.

Rich Gaskill

Hi Page…great job on the blog!
The first thing that came to mind after reading the question (via Facebook) was Landscape photographer. It is said there is no pure or absolute definition of what makes a landscape in photography, as such it has become very broad term, encompassing urban, industrial, macro and nature photography. So, I selected the later. That said, I would also have voted for architectural.

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Page Orb Pedde

All this talk about different types of Landscape photography is making me think…good topic for an article…hmmm…

Bob Wilson

Hi Page –

I guess I’m an ADD photographer. Every type of photography I try has interesting angles to it; I haven’t been able to pin any one down. People have told me I have a great style; I have no idea what it is.

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Barry Grivett

Hi Page,

At first I was delighted to see a flurry of responses; I, too, would like to know more about who is out ‘there’. But, the replies have died off. Perhaps, as we are visual versus written word artists, your audience might prefer to simply share their favorite image(s).

Meanwhile, I’m most comfortable photographing wildlife (plant, animal or fungal; but, I’ve also shot slime mould!); especially, insects & insect related subjects; but, birds & mammals are good too. And, I’m most pleased when I capture interaction (territorial disputes, adult with young, preening, feeding/foraging, mating, nest building–that sort of thing; or better yet rarely observed behaviors: insect molting, cannibalism, chick hatching, etc.) versus record shots or portraits.

You probably know, Camera Clubs & the Photographic Society of America (PSA) segregate photos/photographers into: Pictorial (Color & Monochrome), Nature (including Wildlife), Photojournalism (Sports, Editorial/Point of View/Message & Documentary), Travel & Creative.

Of course, there is no end to genre distinctions: Still life, Portrait, Landscape, Cellphone (ha,ha), Aerial, Underwater, Food, X-ray, Surreal, B&W,…. Photographers are sometimes organized by skill level: basic/novice/beginner, intermediate, advanced & master. Finally, there are the Canon/Nikon/other (just kidding) kinds of photographers.

I’d describe myself as an intermediate to advanced primarily wildlife/nature photographer.

When I do a landscape it is typically a close-up (something intimate); there is rarely a horizon in it. Architecture & architectural details provide little interest. I’m afraid to pose/shoot people–even my grandkids! At travel, photojournalism & creative photography I’m nearly helpless. I’ve only ever done a few B&W images I really like.

Thanks for asking.

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