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Wham – that’s a cool looking camera. Design Press‘s design is simple but distinctive, with a hand drawn touch that brings its washed-out retro patina to life. Unfortunately, the vast majority of photography logos you see on the internet look more like this:

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Actually, that sadly skeletal rendering of a camera is just one of several well-worn photography logo formulas. Here are a few others you no doubt recognize:

1. The arboreal photographer (incorporates trees, flowers or other flora to indicate a feminine sensibility. Usually paired with a cursive font)

2. The modern monogram (on the more masculine side of the register, it presents the photographer’s initials in a flashy signature or angular emblem above the word “photography” or “studio,” invariably in all caps and widely kerned; can be easily feminized with the addition of an ornamental motif)

3. The stock icon (either the schematic camera like the one above or just the circular shutter element, often bracketed by viewfinder corners. Even if it isn’t technically a stock image, it might as well be)

Admittedly, these concepts are popular for a reason. However, it is possible to think outside the shutter, or at least to render one of these cliché concept in a unique style, tailored to the particular client at hand. Here is a selection of photography logos we love.

By 99designers

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By aring™

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By Lakibebe

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By Bafsy

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By MashaM

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By bruny

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By fly_high

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By Helves

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By Misa_

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By Project 4

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By Samovilka

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By fly_high

By other artists

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By Jan Zabransky

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By Yektapour

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By Denis Wong

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By olalb

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By revotype

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By coocishman

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By type and signs

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By Jakyp

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By Simon Walker

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By Mark McCorkell

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By Milosz Klimek

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By Melissa

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By Evan Huwa

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By Muhammad Ali Effendy

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By Ectomachine

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By Peter Vasvari

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By SRFoto

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By levelb

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By spectrumology

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By ryanlynndesign

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By pierro

Seen any other photography logos you love? Share in the comments.

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