Definitions

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  • n. One who takes photographs, typically as an occupation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who practices, or is skilled in, photography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes pictures by means of photography.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who takes photographs professionally

Etymologies

photograph +‎ -er, from Ancient Greek φωτός, genitive singular of φῶς ("light") (fōs) and γράφω ("I write"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His claim to have been an Army photographer is also beginning to sound bogus; his photographs, to put it mildly, really stink, and are an insult to military photographers everywhere.

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  • In "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes" a photographer is approached by a beautiful mystery woman wishing to become a model.

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  • But the photographer is a wee bit psycho in her head.

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  • Frequently, the photographer is also the artistic director of this mini-movie, but sometimes the client employs an art director to handle the shoot.

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  • DOCUMENTARY IMAGES, "The Option of Last Resort" exhibit features works by a photographer from the former Czechoslovakia. 1 to 8 p.m. Sundays and Mondays.,

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  • Very often the skill of a street photographer is the ability to apparently “click away” capturing shots randomly when that random clicking comes out of lots of practice.

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  • If you have lived in Los Angeles and never heard the name of photographer Julius Shulman, you've been missing the most iconic images of our city of Angels.

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  • I can easily picture Mr. Russo looking in the mirror and calculating whether or not to shave on a day a photographer is coming over and deciding, what the heck, the poster child might as well be me, for the benefit of him and his.

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  • I assume her questioner was referring to my photographer, who was shooting from all angles.

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  • This might make it look like yesterday's photographer is "old news", but that's just because the blogging software makes it look that way.

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  • Someone who's primary income in earned by taking photos. There are many different ways professional photographers can earn money through their images. Selling artistic prints, shooting specific places/items/people on assignment, licensing images to publishers, writing their own books, offering expedition and/or teaching photography to others, and often simply bartering with other businesses. The trick to being a professional photographer is 30% talent, 30% tenacity, and 40% luck! I cannot think of a more rewarding career though. Mind your paperwork, too :)

    July 7, 2009