Do you prefer being photographed, taking pictures of your surroundings, or indulging in selfies?

The selfie stick serves not only as a handy tool for taking self-portraits but also proves useful for group photos. Now, there’s no need to ask someone to snap a picture of you and your best friend when exploring another city or enjoying the seaside.

Today, we’ll explore some popular slang terms in English related to photography, cameras, and smartphones.

Expanding your vocabulary is always advantageous, particularly for English learners. This holds true, especially for staying updated with the latest and most trendy words.

“Slang” typically encompasses informal words and expressions used in everyday conversations, often omitted in written form and not formally taught in schools.

In English, as in many languages, slang is particularly popular among the youth. Learning a few slang words and phrases can be beneficial for conversing with friends and acquaintances in English.

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Paparazzi – (paid photographers who trail celebrities and capture their images)
Pap –
(to photograph celebrities)
Phablet –
(a smartphone with a large screen, combining “phone” and “tablet”)
Blower –
(British slang for a telephone)
Brick –
(a large mobile phone)
Hotspot –
(a location offering free WiFi, often found in cafes or restaurants)

Selfie – (a self-taken photo)
Groupie – (similar to a selfie, but involving a group of people)
Belfie – (a “butt selfie,” particularly popular among young women)
Photobomb – (to disrupt someone’s photo unexpectedly by appearing in the frame)
Photobomber – (an individual who engages in photobombing)
Shutterbug – (American slang for someone enthusiastic about taking pictures)
Shutter nutter – (British slang with the same meaning as “shutterbug”)


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These are informal terms related to photography. Keep in mind that slang is appropriate only in casual conversations with friends and acquaintances. If you use slang in a professional or unfamiliar setting, it may be perceived as impolite and lacking in etiquette.

What is your English level?

Find out your A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 level of English with our quick, free online test.