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25 Telltale Signs You’re a Complete Photography Nerd

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Are you a photography nerd? There is one in every family, and if you can’t tell who it is, then the chances are it’s you.
It’s ok – here at Expert Photography, we appreciate those who dedicate their lives to photography.
Here are 25 telltale signs that you’re a total photography nerd – let us know how many of these apply to you in the comments!
A photo of a bridge on an overcast day - photography nerd signs

25. You Look at Every Bathroom and Rate It on How Good a Darkroom It Would be

The most I have ever given was 8/10, and that’s because they already had a red safelight installed.

24. You Own More Than Your Fair Share of Photography T-Shirts

And only you find them funny.

23. You’ve Seen Every Movie Based on Photography – More Than Once!

There just isn’t enough of them!

22. You Can Identify a Camera by Its Sound

The Canon A-1 sounds like closing the door on an Aston Martin.
The interior of an interesting architectural building - are you a geek for photography

21. Your Holidays Are Based on Photographic Opportunities

Nepal has mountain honey farmers, Cuba has the old cars and Morocco has colored dye pits. Who cares about the culture and cuisine.

20. You Have Repetitive Strain Injury

On your finger, wrist, hand, elbow, knees, neck and anywhere else you use for those interesting perspectives.

19. Your Browser Opens at Petapixel’s Home Page

Well, photography news is way more interesting than real world news.
A rustic coffee photography still life - are you a photography nerd

18. You Have Tons of Film You Need to Process, But You Just Don’t Have the Time For It

It’s ok…I have a fridge to keep them in.

17. There Is a Camera You Want to Be Buried With

Yes – the Stylophot.

16. You Are Not Present in Any Photographs Because You’re the One Taking Them

And you are completely fine with that.
A stunning travel photography shot of an impressive architectural exterior - are you a geek

15. Every New Person You Meet Needs to Learn About Photography

Whether they want to or not, you can give them tips that will benefit their photography in a heartbeat.

14. People Who Use Pop-Up Flash Have No Idea What They’re Doing

Well, it is true – especially when their subject is 20 feet away.

13. You Own More Camera Straps and Bags Than You Have Cameras

Horses for courses. Why should you be limited?
A close up portrait of a woman in red gloves holding a red telephone

12. You Criticize the Lighting in Every Film You Watch

Well, most horror films suck, but you know that Kubrick has some of the best.

11. You Have a Photography Related Tattoo

At least one, and it can be obscure. So be honest.

10. You Can’t Go Anywhere Without Your Camera

Why would you go anywhere without your camera? Would you leave without clothes?
Exterior view of an old building - photography nerd facts

9. Photography Books Outnumber Any Other Type of Book

Why do you need other books when you have McCullin, Testino, Sontag and Adams at your fingertips.

8. You Have Cameras That People No Longer Make Film For

You know all of them by names and numbers, and even which film they used to take.
Are you one of the few people who can keep up with the confusing modern-day timeline of Polaroid? I thought so.

7. You Spend More Time With the Photographer Than Your Own Family at Your Own Wedding

Of course, you want to know what equipment and settings the photographer is using.
If your significant other doesn’t understand, maybe they aren’t the one.
Candid portrait of a man sitting on a couch, shot through a door frame - photography geek

6. You Give Tips to Tourists on How to Take Better Selfies, While Ignoring Those Who Are Looking at Maps

You notice everyone taking badly framed images, yet actively avoid those searching for The New York Cafe in Budapest.

5. First, You Buy Photographic Film. Then You Buy Food

Photographic film captures moments, which is more necessary than eating every day.

4. Your First Born Child Is Ansel or Cindy

There just are no other names, except as middle names.
Atmospheric close up portrait of a younfg girl with the shadow of a leaf cast over her eye - photography nerd

3. Quoting Henri-Cartier Bresson Comes Naturally

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. 

2. Camera Shops Are Your Go-to Happy Place

When you have free time, you find yourself searching for rare Leicas and cheap X-pans.

1. You Mentally Compose Every Scene You Come Across

Every time you go out, you can’t enjoy yourself until you know whether to compose it with the rule of thirds or golden ratio.

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