- Art snobs: You can take a great picture with any camera; the content is all that matters.
- Gear heads: It’s all about the gear and the gear is never good enough. Art? What’s art?
- Bored with normal subjects: Takes pictures of soup cans and door knobs.
- Good enough: Speaks as if today’s cameras will never be improved. Cannot tolerate anyone who dreams of more.
Wilderness athletes: If you did not hike 20 miles, camp in 20 below and climb 8,000 feet it’s not worth looking at.
- Spy: Never take a picture unless it’s totally dark. Never uses a tripod because they will be conspicuous.
- Confused: Spends $20,000 on camera gear and only uses it to post 1024 images on the web.
- Traveler: Has images from every continent and Iconic location. We all envy them.
Collector: Has or aspires to have one of everything made by at least one camera company.
- Switcher: Changes from one brand to another at each major announcement.
- Bully: Comments are designed to make sure everyone knows how pitiful they are.
- Specialist: Wants a single purpose camera or a separate camera for each use.
Swiss army knife: Wants one camera that will do every possible photography task and wants it to be best of class and low cost.
- Cheater: Wants MF quality in a 35mm format.
- Really good: Posts fantastic images .
- Fan boy: Nothing more needs to be said on this.
Experts: People who know something about art or technology. Some are gracious, others not so much.
- Insecure: Never knows if their image is sharp or well processed or good art. One criticism negates 100 compliments.
- Critic: Basically hates people and loves to stick a knife in them.
- On topic cop: The name says it all.
- Perfectionist: Ansel Adams sort. One who knows what perfection is and is capable of actually approaching it.
- Perfectionist wannabe: Does not have the skills to even approach it and would not recognize it when found so he flails about.
Natural: Picks up a camera and starts taking better images than others who have years of experience. Envy but no love.
- Loser: Just the opposite of the natural.
- Guilt complex: Spent a lot of time and money on gear only to discover that it did not make him a good photographer.
Buyer's remorse: Wants to sell it while it still has resale value.
- The tipster: Show an image, any image and you will get a zillion tips on focus, sharpening, post processing and printing not to mention prep for web posting. Everyone is guilty at some point.
- Shaky: Wants IS in the camera, thinking of adding it to his eye glasses.
- Feather merchant: Thinks a plastic Rebel with a kit lens is too heavy.
Speculator: Lists all the features, specs and the release date for the next model sometimes years in advance.
- Realist: Exists to negate the speculator.
- Impatient: Anyone with a three year old camera who is waiting for Canon to announce and make available the next model.
- Brain-stormer: Likes to suggest an off the wall feature. Some people are trained in this art by employers to get new product ideas.
Pros: people who actually make a living selling photos.
- Serious amateur: Anyone with enough gear to get a CPS membership.
- Elusive softy: Rants about how soft his/her new lens or camera is but neither posts samples nor answers any questions.
- Primester: You ain’t learnin’ nothing ’bout photography unless you strictly stick to primes.
L-addict: A widespread disease in this forum. I am waiting for a cure myself.
- Zeissologist: Uses “microcontrast” in every other sentence. Gets touchy when countered with “moustache”.
- Semi-professional: Either gets amateur results with professional gear, or professional results with amateur gear (see ‘natural’).
- Newbie crusher: Has started out with the wet plate process, has grounded his own first achromats from bottle shards of different color and comes down like a ton of bricks on anyone with less technical knowledge. Usually closes with “Go back to your point’n'shoot!”
HCB apostle: There are no images worth looking at since Henri Cartier-Bresson. Anything more than a rangefinder with a 50mm betrays the real purpose of photography.
- Mr. Condescending: never ever misses an opportunity to tell people off, emphasize how silly they are and underline their own rationality. Thrives in rumour threads, saying that nobody here knows anything so stop talking.
- Grumpy old man: is tired of all sorts of hyperboles in general. Also, he is tired of corporate greed and crippling of products. Is tired of so, so many things.
- Mr. Too much Money: posts about his newly acquired 5D MkII and a host of f2.8 L lenses and wants tips about shooting his cat on the sofa. (Works for Nikon gear as well)
Mr. “the best lens for Rome”: is about to take a trip and wants to know what lens to take.
Shared from http://www.allincubestudio.com/2012/03/types-photographers .