10 ways to tell if you’re a photographer

Does this sound like anyone you know?

  • 1 GB of memory lasts most people a month but barely lasts you the afternoon.
  • You know what aperture-priority means.
  • You delete more photos in a week than most people make all year.
  • You need just one more lens.
  • You’ve crawled on the ground to get a shot of something rusty.
  • Your camera equipment is worth more than your car.
  • No one else brings a camera to an event if they know you’re coming.
  • Your family doesn’t recognize you without a camera covering your face.
  • You have thousands of pictures and you’re not in any of them.
  • You’ve been up before dawn or out in the freezing cold or even done something semi-dangerous… all for a photograph.

By John Watson

John Watson is the original founder of Photodoto. If you're interested in what John has been up to, you can browse his personal blog.


  1. Thanks for a nice morning laugh! I have to agree with all of those except I get on the ground to get that interesting perspective of my toddler.

  2. Well, I don’t have a car 😉

    Add to “No one else brings a camera…”: or the count of cameras is at least as high as the number of people meeting. When I’m meeting with flickrers, this fits better. 😎

  3. Well, I don’t delete that many photos. (I like them to pile up, and then I go on a deleting rampage), and I don’t have a car. Does that make me a photographer?

    BTW – I think the 7th point is a bit too extreme.

  4. Very funny list! Never considered myself to be a photographer but I am getting dangerously close. I meet almost all these requirements. (I still need a few more lenses before overtaking my car value) The Flickr 2GB/month thing puts a crimp in my style ;^)

  5. hahaha that’s funny! I find myself if all those categories. I guess I’m a photo addict and I’m not the only one apparently! 😉

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