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It’s time for a little photographer humour with this video on the Shtuff People say to Photographers.

From the team at Outward Bound Collective

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://www.kerstenbeck.com Erik Kerstenbeck

    Hi

    This post is funny! I heard a lot of things said to me when I was executing this 6 second exposure in New York’s Grand Central Station – most of which is unrepeatable….but it was certainly colorful and VERY NYC!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/the-illusion-of-time/

  • Kimberly B

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I laughed so hard! FANtastic!! :)

  • http://www.ecuadormeyers.com David Meyer

    Loved it! Thanks for the laughs!

  • http://shinyredcat.blogspot.com Cathy

    So funny, and I love your model!

  • http://www.paperswanphotography.com Amy Cham

    Bwahahaha!!! Love it! :D

  • http://www.wildlifeencounters.eu steve slater

    When I took this street photo the words to go with the expression were “Oh my God”
    After that …. well words like it should not come from such a pretty girls mouth

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Street-photography-in-Eastbourne/G00004ShZCZqM52A/I0000N0afIgf_4QU

  • http://jasoncollinphotography.com Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    The funniest part for me was every time the guy mentioned Picnic!

    (no spam link totally unrelated to the post included in this comment just to draw hits to my site)

  • http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com Jeff E Jensen

    “Is that your skinny lens?” Too funny.

  • http://www.lindabacaphotography.zenfolio.com Linda Baca

    OMG! When I first saw this a couple of months ago, I could not stop watching it or laughing! Best photography video I have seen in a long time! No matter how many times I watch it, it makes my day! This video is so soo true.

  • AL

    I had “so why are your photos look so good? Is it because you’ve got a good camera?” thought that’s was quite funny

  • http://www.ricardo.pro Ricardo Alfonso

    Funny and soooo sad….

  • http://disney-photography-blog.com/ Alexx

    I hear lots of people say lots of stuff to me.

    It’s funny cause I’ve seen the other s*** people say videos.

    http://disney-photography-blog.com/

  • http://weedwackerknits.blogspot.com Weedwacker

    The one I hear the most (my favorite) is: “Wow, your camera takes really nice pictures.”

  • Martina

    This video is soo funny and sad at the same time!

  • Marion

    You are such a great photographer, you must have very expensive equipment :-D ….Nobody would tell a cook that his food is great because he has expensive pots.

  • MsKirpi

    Too funny! Thanks for the laughs.

  • http://www.crunchcorn.com/junk/photography-online-courses andrew

    too funny

  • http://snapshotsbyjo.shutterfly.com Jody

    No word of a lie — “excuse me – could you dive under my dress and move my thong about an inch to the left? There is NO WAY I’m going to make it through the whole ceremony like this!!” From the maid of honor at the first wedding I ever shot as we stood in the foyer of the church about to start the grand entrance.

  • http://tazwanderings.blogspot.com.au/ Shane Viper

    ROFL…love a good laugh in the morning. Cheers

  • http://stephenmeesephotography.com Steve

    Three minutes too long IMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrismccullochphoto mcculloch photo

    That was Great!,

    I think the guys voice made it!!

    “That didnt work, there was no flash” all classic that just keeps on coming and coming.
    “Do it again, your flash didnt go off”

    “Here, I’ll take one of you… your screens not working?… use the viewfinder, what?”

  • raghavendra

    “can you guys make my hair longer?”

    here is another picture to make you smile
    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2010/12/what-is-he-looking-at.html

  • http://sherylsalisburyphotography.com Sheryl Salisbury

    I smiled through this whole video. I’ve definitely heard most of this! lol

  • http://www.shot4shotphotography.webs.com Jacqui B

    Hahaha yep I’ve heard most of this also.

  • http://milk-and-tea.blogspot.com Kathy

    Haha! “So much money for a piece of paper.”

  • Lady Nina

    God how annoying people can be! For the moment I stay outside of portrait phothography XD

  • http://www.fuzzypig.com Fuzzypiggy

    Oh yes!

    The classic, “Are you a photographer?”, after they spot a DSLR on a big black tripod and big case full of kit on the ground, the urge to use sarcasm rises so hard as to give me a lump in my throat! “No the camera is there for show. this is actually a street-art installation questioning our need to capture the world in images!”

    I love that one, “Oh no wonder your pictures like nice, you have such an expensive camera!”. Yeah thanks! Nevermind all that practice I put in week after week, all that reading I’ve done, eh? Nope I just went down to Calumet’s and bough the biggest camera I could find and magically started shooting images you thought are nice!

    Still it’s better than one time an old gent walked up to me on the street and yelled, “Why you want to take pictures of this place?! It’s all s**t! That’s s**t! That over there is utter s**t! You don’t want to bother ‘cos it’s all utter s**t around here! I’m going home ‘cos it’s all s**t!”, yeah OK mate whatever you say!

  • Tommiegunn

    That’s so funny. The part where he says…”how many mega pixels”‘.

    I just started laughing cause one of my previous client ask me the same question. And also to photoshop every she didn’t like out.

  • http://primej.blogspot.com Prime

    The best one of them all – M? (1:20)
    Loved this.

  • http://www.maxalmontephotography.com Max Almonte

    This Shtuff was hilarious. What a day to start this with.

  • http://www.redryakphotography.com Donna Van Vlack

    I love the “no wonder you take good photos look at that camera” If only it was that easy.

  • Witchy

    Part of the reason I don’t often shoot people. I annoy WAY to easy. I’ll stick to landscapes & stuff tyvm.

  • SnookyBC

    I’ve watched this video twice. I’m going to watch it again. It’s so much fun!
    Hopefully it’ll teach some “models” to hang their egos on the door knob and make the planet a much better place! :)

  • http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/ Mridula
  • ReNae

    Hilarious!!! You made my day.

  • Shannon

    “is that the kit lens??” “My camera has a flash built in!” I love it this is great!

  • Average Joe

    Oh gosh, now I have those voices stuck in my head.. All those quotes.
    Funny video.

  • colin

    ” what you paid all that money for that lens and it doesn’t zoom ? are you an idiot ? even my blacberry has zoom on. My camera has a 10x zoom and I dont even know what it means but at least the lens moves in and out ” That has to be my favourite quote from a family member

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/49782210@N06/6662219207/' title='the chances of anything coming from mars' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6662219207_90cfaac170.jpg']

  • colin

    ” what you paid all that money for that lens and it doesn’t zoom ? are you an idiot ? even my blacberry has zoom on. My camera has a 10x zoom and I dont even know what it means but at least the lens moves in and out ” That has to be my favourite quote from a family member

  • http://marcusdavisphotography.blogspot.com Marcus Davis

    I laughed and cringed at this video. lol

  • OnyxE

    The only thing anyone has ever said to me so far was ‘Did you just take my picture?’…..and I said yes, I did, and it’s entirely legal……I saw you coming and you had to walk your two dogs, one on leash and one off, right by that goose standing on the seawall ledge (the seawall is 15 feet wide…he could have simply moved to the far side and kept his unleashed dog away from the bird) walked right by the goose and allowed your unleashed mutt to jump at him – you have no respect for the onleash bylaw or the federal laws protecting these birds from everything including harassment from your unleashed dog’…..after a ‘discussion’ he left, hands still clenched, trying to tell me I was ‘weird’ for taking his photo……
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marionlynne777/7183584212/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • http://aprilallysonabel.com april allyson abel

    My personal favorite: I was shooting a event and a slightly drunk man walked up to me, looked at my 5DMark II and asked, “Uh… is that one of those pocket cameras, heh, heh? I looked at him, paused for a moment and said, “Well…. it all depends on how DEEP your pockets are, buddy.”

  • Chas

    I loved this, very apropos. As a photographer of school students for yearbooks, I frequently am called, “Mr. Picture Guy” and often get asked, “Are you here to take our pictures?” Once a custodian asked if I was in the school to take pictures and I told him, “No, I’m actually here to fix the plumbing.” He got the joke. Later I saw him again and he asked if I fixed the plumbing problem and I said, “Yes, now they have me taking photos.” He got that one too.

  • http://www.weddingphotographerindevon.co.uk/ Paul

    Very good, nice to lighten up sometimes!! :)

  • http://www.gathering-flavors.com Dena

    This had me laughing for hours! Well done!

  • http://www.dcmetropix.com two40morty

    I love walking up to a location bristling with my lenses, lightstands, bags, etc. and having someone ask, “Are you the photographer?” I’m often tempted to respond, ” No, I’m a proctologist and I’m here to conduct a colonoscopy.”

  • http://www.bestexposures.com Jason

    Well done, very funny!

    Thank god no one talks to me that way.

  • Misty

    HILARIOUS! Thanks for making my night. You caught everything in a nutshell and i love the picnik jokes.

  • Kathleen Mekailek

    i am a newbie and haven’t delved into the deep end yet, but my equipment is still worth quite a bit- I can’t believe how many of my friends expect free photos (printing does cost) or want to play with it like its a toy! The kicker was when my parents did not hire a photographer for their 50th vow renewal after In told them to and they expected me to do it! I only had my body, one lens- no flash, soft boxes,reflectors, etc. The worst is that I am not in any shots, almost like I wasn’t there! I will post a few pics so you can see what happens without proper prep.

    btw- thanks for letting me vent- i needed this video and I’m sure others did too!

  • Aäsis Maharjan

    man that’s a nice picture, you’ve got a great camera :P

Some older comments

  • Jason

    May 20, 2012 07:30 am

    Well done, very funny!

    Thank god no one talks to me that way.

  • two40morty

    May 17, 2012 05:27 am

    I love walking up to a location bristling with my lenses, lightstands, bags, etc. and having someone ask, "Are you the photographer?" I'm often tempted to respond, " No, I'm a proctologist and I'm here to conduct a colonoscopy."

  • Dena

    May 16, 2012 03:19 am

    This had me laughing for hours! Well done!

  • Paul

    May 14, 2012 07:11 am

    Very good, nice to lighten up sometimes!! :)

  • Chas

    May 13, 2012 07:51 am

    I loved this, very apropos. As a photographer of school students for yearbooks, I frequently am called, "Mr. Picture Guy" and often get asked, "Are you here to take our pictures?" Once a custodian asked if I was in the school to take pictures and I told him, "No, I'm actually here to fix the plumbing." He got the joke. Later I saw him again and he asked if I fixed the plumbing problem and I said, "Yes, now they have me taking photos." He got that one too.

  • april allyson abel

    May 13, 2012 06:22 am

    My personal favorite: I was shooting a event and a slightly drunk man walked up to me, looked at my 5DMark II and asked, "Uh... is that one of those pocket cameras, heh, heh? I looked at him, paused for a moment and said, "Well.... it all depends on how DEEP your pockets are, buddy."

  • OnyxE

    May 13, 2012 05:27 am

    The only thing anyone has ever said to me so far was 'Did you just take my picture?'.....and I said yes, I did, and it's entirely legal......I saw you coming and you had to walk your two dogs, one on leash and one off, right by that goose standing on the seawall ledge (the seawall is 15 feet wide...he could have simply moved to the far side and kept his unleashed dog away from the bird) walked right by the goose and allowed your unleashed mutt to jump at him - you have no respect for the onleash bylaw or the federal laws protecting these birds from everything including harassment from your unleashed dog'.....after a 'discussion' he left, hands still clenched, trying to tell me I was 'weird' for taking his photo......
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marionlynne777/7183584212/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • Marcus Davis

    May 12, 2012 08:41 pm

    I laughed and cringed at this video. lol

  • colin

    May 12, 2012 07:17 pm

    " what you paid all that money for that lens and it doesn't zoom ? are you an idiot ? even my blacberry has zoom on. My camera has a 10x zoom and I dont even know what it means but at least the lens moves in and out " That has to be my favourite quote from a family member

  • colin

    May 12, 2012 07:12 pm

    " what you paid all that money for that lens and it doesn't zoom ? are you an idiot ? even my blacberry has zoom on. My camera has a 10x zoom and I dont even know what it means but at least the lens moves in and out " That has to be my favourite quote from a family member

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/49782210@N06/6662219207/' title='the chances of anything coming from mars' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6662219207_90cfaac170.jpg']

  • Average Joe

    May 12, 2012 02:21 pm

    Oh gosh, now I have those voices stuck in my head.. All those quotes.
    Funny video.

  • Shannon

    May 12, 2012 10:32 am

    "is that the kit lens??" "My camera has a flash built in!" I love it this is great!

  • ReNae

    May 12, 2012 06:06 am

    Hilarious!!! You made my day.

  • Mridula

    May 12, 2012 05:55 am

    Ha ha ha but those were nice cameras! :D

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2012/05/kl-bird-park-malaysia.html

  • SnookyBC

    May 12, 2012 01:14 am

    I've watched this video twice. I'm going to watch it again. It's so much fun!
    Hopefully it'll teach some "models" to hang their egos on the door knob and make the planet a much better place! :)

  • Witchy

    May 12, 2012 12:20 am

    Part of the reason I don't often shoot people. I annoy WAY to easy. I'll stick to landscapes & stuff tyvm.

  • Donna Van Vlack

    May 11, 2012 11:43 pm

    I love the "no wonder you take good photos look at that camera" If only it was that easy.

  • Max Almonte

    May 11, 2012 11:13 pm

    This Shtuff was hilarious. What a day to start this with.

  • Prime

    May 11, 2012 09:14 pm

    The best one of them all - M? (1:20)
    Loved this.

  • Tommiegunn

    May 11, 2012 06:26 pm

    That's so funny. The part where he says..."how many mega pixels"'.

    I just started laughing cause one of my previous client ask me the same question. And also to photoshop every she didn't like out.

  • Fuzzypiggy

    May 11, 2012 05:44 pm

    Oh yes!

    The classic, "Are you a photographer?", after they spot a DSLR on a big black tripod and big case full of kit on the ground, the urge to use sarcasm rises so hard as to give me a lump in my throat! "No the camera is there for show. this is actually a street-art installation questioning our need to capture the world in images!"

    I love that one, "Oh no wonder your pictures like nice, you have such an expensive camera!". Yeah thanks! Nevermind all that practice I put in week after week, all that reading I've done, eh? Nope I just went down to Calumet's and bough the biggest camera I could find and magically started shooting images you thought are nice!

    Still it's better than one time an old gent walked up to me on the street and yelled, "Why you want to take pictures of this place?! It's all s**t! That's s**t! That over there is utter s**t! You don't want to bother 'cos it's all utter s**t around here! I'm going home 'cos it's all s**t!", yeah OK mate whatever you say!

  • Lady Nina

    May 11, 2012 04:55 pm

    God how annoying people can be! For the moment I stay outside of portrait phothography XD

  • Kathy

    May 11, 2012 03:25 pm

    Haha! "So much money for a piece of paper."

  • Jacqui B

    May 11, 2012 02:26 pm

    Hahaha yep I've heard most of this also.

  • Sheryl Salisbury

    May 11, 2012 12:21 pm

    I smiled through this whole video. I've definitely heard most of this! lol

  • raghavendra

    May 11, 2012 12:15 pm

    "can you guys make my hair longer?"

    here is another picture to make you smile
    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2010/12/what-is-he-looking-at.html

  • mcculloch photo

    May 11, 2012 10:56 am

    That was Great!,

    I think the guys voice made it!!

    "That didnt work, there was no flash" all classic that just keeps on coming and coming.
    "Do it again, your flash didnt go off"

    "Here, I'll take one of you... your screens not working?... use the viewfinder, what?"

  • Steve

    May 11, 2012 10:35 am

    Three minutes too long IMO.

  • Shane Viper

    May 11, 2012 10:14 am

    ROFL...love a good laugh in the morning. Cheers

  • Jody

    May 11, 2012 06:57 am

    No word of a lie -- "excuse me - could you dive under my dress and move my thong about an inch to the left? There is NO WAY I'm going to make it through the whole ceremony like this!!" From the maid of honor at the first wedding I ever shot as we stood in the foyer of the church about to start the grand entrance.

  • andrew

    May 11, 2012 06:34 am

    too funny

  • MsKirpi

    May 11, 2012 05:47 am

    Too funny! Thanks for the laughs.

  • Marion

    May 11, 2012 05:10 am

    You are such a great photographer, you must have very expensive equipment :-D ....Nobody would tell a cook that his food is great because he has expensive pots.

  • Martina

    May 11, 2012 05:04 am

    This video is soo funny and sad at the same time!

  • Weedwacker

    May 11, 2012 03:45 am

    The one I hear the most (my favorite) is: "Wow, your camera takes really nice pictures."

  • Alexx

    May 11, 2012 03:44 am

    I hear lots of people say lots of stuff to me.

    It's funny cause I've seen the other s*** people say videos.

    http://disney-photography-blog.com/

  • Ricardo Alfonso

    May 11, 2012 03:16 am

    Funny and soooo sad....

  • AL

    May 11, 2012 03:06 am

    I had "so why are your photos look so good? Is it because you've got a good camera?" thought that's was quite funny

  • Linda Baca

    May 11, 2012 02:37 am

    OMG! When I first saw this a couple of months ago, I could not stop watching it or laughing! Best photography video I have seen in a long time! No matter how many times I watch it, it makes my day! This video is so soo true.

  • Jeff E Jensen

    May 11, 2012 02:31 am

    "Is that your skinny lens?" Too funny.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    May 11, 2012 02:12 am

    The funniest part for me was every time the guy mentioned Picnic!

    (no spam link totally unrelated to the post included in this comment just to draw hits to my site)

  • steve slater

    May 11, 2012 02:08 am

    When I took this street photo the words to go with the expression were "Oh my God"
    After that .... well words like it should not come from such a pretty girls mouth

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Street-photography-in-Eastbourne/G00004ShZCZqM52A/I0000N0afIgf_4QU

  • Amy Cham

    May 11, 2012 01:42 am

    Bwahahaha!!! Love it! :D

  • Cathy

    May 11, 2012 01:26 am

    So funny, and I love your model!

  • David Meyer

    May 11, 2012 01:01 am

    Loved it! Thanks for the laughs!

  • Kimberly B

    May 11, 2012 12:49 am

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I laughed so hard! FANtastic!! :)

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    May 11, 2012 12:48 am

    Hi

    This post is funny! I heard a lot of things said to me when I was executing this 6 second exposure in New York's Grand Central Station - most of which is unrepeatable....but it was certainly colorful and VERY NYC!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/the-illusion-of-time/

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