To some degree, the clothes we wear share a piece of who we are, whether we’re dressed professionally or in casual attire. Sometimes, our outfits can be quite revealing. I don’t mean in the sense that they show more skin. No, I’m talking about graphic t-shirts that tell the world exactly what we’re passionate about: photography! To help you wear your love of photography on your sleeve, or in this case, your sleeves, chest, and back, we’ve put together a list of the best photo t-shirts for photographers.
Photography Shirts: Best Photo T-Shirts for Photographers
We’ve broken down the following list of the best photo t-shirts into three categories: Funny, Designer (or Artsy), and Practical. Whatever your fashion sense, there’s a shirt here for you. Also, at an average cost of $20-$30, they won’t break the bank, so go ahead and grab one from each section.
Funny Photo T-Shirts
Let’s kick things off on the lighter side with some humorous photography t-shirts. This batch includes some clever puns and creative designs to touch on topics that just about all photographers can relate to.
All photographers are familiar with G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). It’s not uncommon for us to build up a formidable stash of gear (and debt). With this shirt, we can help break the stigma of gear acquisition and let the world know these are tools we use to show the world in a better light, and we need them…all of them.
Delivered in equal parts pun and good advice, this shirt’s message strikes a perfect balance and reminds photographers to keep their minds on the subject at hand.
You’ll never be without a camera so long as you’re wearing this shirt. Even though you can’t use this camera to capture photos, you’ll definitely catch looks as passersby take a second glance to at your vintage gear…shirt.
4. Camera Sutra Photo T-Shirts
We typically associate posing with models or subjects in photography, but photographers have been known to strike some interesting poses as well while getting the shot. This humorous reference to a famous, ancient Indian sanskrit provides a new take on how to find fulfillment.
From an old wet plate camera to a modern day drone, this shirt outlines the brief evolution of how photographers capture images. It’s good to see the selfie made the cut as no true evolution would’ve been complete without it.
In another record of photography evolution, we have the ever-evolving camera itself. We can imagine adding a mirrorless, smartphone, or drone to this collection to really bring it up-to-date. As is, the illustration does a nice job of showing others that you appreciate the history of your favorite visual occupation.
7. Size Matters
Do you prefer primes or zoom lenses? Wide angle or telephoto? Whatever the case, this entry into the list of the best photo t-shirts samples them all and answers an age-old question. It’s been said that it’s not the size (of the lens), but how you use it. This shirt argues otherwise.
8. I’m About to Snap Photo T-Shirts
You have to appreciate the wordplay here, and the illustration is great. Photography puns are underrated and deserve some “exposure” in the form of photo t-shirts.
9. Parker Photography & Web Design (Spiderman)
If Spiderman (aka Peter Parker) hasn’t already been named the official superhero for photographers, then he should be. This shirt boasts a clever cover for our masked hero and would suit him (and his fans) well.
10. Mommy Paparazzi
Until I saw this shirt, I never thought of maternity photographers as mommy paparazzi, but it makes perfect sense. It’s one of those “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that” ideas. This would also make a great shirt for photography moms who constantly capture moments in everyday life on their smartphones.
Designer Photo T-Shirts
Although you’ll find some crossover here with humor, this section of the best photo t-shirts for photographers deals more with artistic graphics that don’t necessarily focus on being funny.
11. Vintage Camera Patent Photo T-Shirts
This patent design taken from the ‘60s breaks down the design of a photographer’s main work tool. As utilitarian as cameras are, they still manage to lend beautiful form to their functionality.
The design for this shirt rings similar to the one above, but this time with an even older camera. This shirt is cheaper and easier to use than the camera itself, and it looks almost as cool as the real thing.
13. Watercolor Camera Photo T-Shirts
While black & white is nice, color plays a big role in bringing our imagery to life. This watercolor-inspired illustration beautifully captures the essence of how cameras help us see the world around us in new and interesting ways.
Set the dial to chill and let the shirt do the work to set the vibe on your next shoot. The color scheme here is both warm and peaceful, or in other words, comfortable. That’s exactly how we want our subjects to feel when we’re photographing them.
Whether you love landscape photography or the beauty of nature in general, this shirt has what you need. Take this photo t-shirt out on your next adventure or wear it indoors while you dream of getting back outside.
This DSLR silhouette packs the stealth, mystery, and coolness of a certain DC Comics hero. Shadows and light direction work in tandem to elevate the drama in this unique photo t-shirt. Pick one up and wear it to your next night session.
Photographers typically use histograms in an effort to maximize dynamic range. With these photo t-shirts, you can also maximize your fashion sense. It’s a win-win.
18. Aperture Adventure Photo T-Shirts
The team at Photogenic Supply offer up this entry as a sort of “choose your own adventure” design. It looks like a landscape drawing with photographic elements sewn into it. You can grab this shirt in a number of colors, all of which will inspire your next photography adventure.
This combination record player/film camera design will bring smiles to those who wear it AND see it worn. A loving tribute to analog technologies that fill our eyes and ears with some of the best things in life.
Sometimes, simplicity makes for the best option. Two simple lines come together to reveal our workhorse, the mighty camera, showcased here in a delicate design.
Practical Photo T-Shirts
This last collection of photo t-shirts features shirts you can use to teach others about photography, or even to help adjust your white balance in post! Check ‘em out!
21. What the F?
Like others on this list, this design blends humor and design with practical information (though it leans mostly into humor). In this instance, the shirt gives us a basic visual of different aperture settings (aka f-stops) and pairs it with a clever pun.
22. Aperture Chart Photo T-Shirts
Use this aperture chart to memorize your f-numbers. The concept is as simple as the design.
If you didn’t already know when photography came into being, now you do, and so will everyone who sees you in this shirt.
This definition might not quite match the one you’ll find in the dictionary, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
25. Storyteller Photo T-Shirts
A reminder of what photographers really do. There’s a reason people say a picture is worth a thousand words.
26. 18% Grey Card
You can get this shirt for your assistant and put it to use during your next shoot. The next best thing to this design would be to sell shirts in this color (18% grey) and advertise them as such, thus eliminating the need to write what it is across the front.
This shirt takes the evolution of the camera to the next level and includes the dates (or at least the years) that these milestone cameras came into existence.
I hope you enjoyed this collection of the best photo t-shirts for photographers. Whether you choose to be fashionably funny, hip, or practical is your call, but at least you have options.