A photographer is a person who takes a photograph using a
camera. A professional photographer uses
photography to make a living while an amateur photographer does not earn a living and typically takes photographs for pleasure and to record an event, place or person for future enjoyment.
Photographers are often categorized based on the subjects they photograph. Some photographers explore subjects typical of paintings such as
still life, and
portraiture. Other photographers specialize in subjects unique to photography, including
street photography, documentary photography,
wedding photography, war photography,
photojournalism and commercial photography.
Paparazzi are photographers who take candid photographs of celebrities.