In photography circles, especially when it comes to working with models, many photographers work hard to be professional and produce high quality work. However, a few bad apples sometimes give the rest of us a bad name. These are sometimes what has been granted the acronym GWC.
So what is a GWC?
It is short for the term “Guy With Camera” (although in rare occasions I suppose it could apply to females as well). As Urban Dictionary defines it – “Commonly used in the modelling/photographer biz, ‘GWC’ is any poser/creep with a digital camera pretending to be a pro/semi-pro photographer.”
This is not a bad definition but a little more needs to be addressed here. The basic facts are that a guy (or girl) with camera is:
- Is primarily interested in getting their subject naked or scantly clad with no real regard for art.
- Is overall unprofessional in their approach.
This means that a GWC can be a photographer of any skill level or experience using any type or camera, including very high end ones.
Conversely, a professional attitude and artistic outlook can make even those with less experience and a low end camera or equipment not a GWC.
The basic lesson here is two-fold:
For models –
Avoid working with GWCs
For photographers –
Avoid being one