The colloquial term “photog” is a shortening of photographer. Often used to make the text snappy and cool, its use has increased over recent years. When bloggers use the term they are frequently referring to a regular camera user, keen hobbyist, amateur photographer, semi-pro or professional camera user. These are distinct from the person who takes the odd snap a few times a year.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word has been in use for over a century…
As these quotes from the OED show, the word has a long history going back as far as 1898…
1898 – Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) 20 Oct. 2/2 (headline) Amateur Photogs. Mr Sargeant of New York will demonstrate the working of Velox Paper at our store this evening.
1952 – Daily News (N.Y.) 21 Aug. c4 The Swedish fotogs were actually saving film.
1973 – R. Parkes Guardians vi. 104 You’ll like that fashion photog of ours—what’s her name.
1995 – Denver Post 13 Sept. a2/1 He clobbered a photog lurking outside a hotel.
Oxford English Dictionary Seen online: 23/10/2013
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