Amateur Photographer

I consider myself an amateur photographer since I don't have a degree in Photography,

and have only taken one beginners photography course several years ago, while in High School. I think that having no formal photographic qualifications can be a drawback, but sites like Dreamstime have made it possible for amateur photographers to be featured alongside professionals. It I think that one of the main differences between amateur and professional photographers is the equipment, since professionals usually have newer and better cameras, along with lighting equipment that can be expensive for amateurs to invest in. It's interesting to see that even amateur photographers can take stunning photographs, simply by using their raw talent. This illustrates that photographic talent can't always be taught and that some people either have it, or they don't.

Photo credits: Dawn Lioutas.

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Aginger

"I think that one of the main differences between amateur and professional photographers is the equipment" - I also don't think so...I've seen so many bad, commerce photos taken with high-qualified lenses/cams...terrible photos...and of course I've seen so many brilliant shots with bridge or even a compact cam...I think it depends on the human eye and brain.

Bradcalkins

For another take on the "tools do matter" side of things check out: Cameras matter.

Adamson888

I wholeheartedly agree! You make the photos, not the camera. A good photographer can make good photos with any camera. You go!!!

Fultonsphoto

As I said in another post, a good camera does not guarantee a good photograph, it is the elements of many factors, most mentioned here but for me ultimately it is in the ability of the photographers vision to see beyond the obvious an image within an image and the creativity to express that through how they take the photograph combining all these factors. As an example, look at Eti's PF, the current featured photographer, this image most people would have taken just the sign with a normal sky background and probably made sales with it, however Eti understood that to give this image more impact and add that little bit more selling quality to it, the image needed to send a message and be used as it was intended, to warn of storms and evacutation routes, therefore the addition of the dramatic sky/clouds makes this image that much more special and a very good seller... Hurrican Evacutation Sign

Dawn1111

Thank you all for your comments, I agree that lighting is important and I think necessary for in door shots, unless the image is supposed to be intentionally darker to go with the photos mood, and I also agree that post editing is really important. I enhance the colors on all my images and am surprised at how big a difference it really makes.

Irisangel

Some of the most famous images in the world were shot by people just like you. It is in the eye of the artist and you have a good eye. Wonderful images in your port. Keep up the good work.

Mani33

What is important is to love what you make & the results will be at least good even with an effort! Cheers ;)

Creativei

Well even photoshop and some plugins can create stunning images, good lens, good light and Adobe CS4, thats all you need to become a great photographer.

Wildmac

I think lighting is the most important part of photography. Without light there is nothing. Photographers of the past like Robert Capa didn't have the sophisticated standard of equipment that even the most basic of digital cameras possess today and their work was fantastic. Most of the famous photographers that I admire never had any form of professional schooling, they taught themselves as they went along. Are we cheating ourselves by bypassing the 'learning from our own mistakes' part of learning? :0)

Dmccale

I think your lens and lighting are the most important to good shoots. However, I heard a cute joke and I will post.

"A professional photographer, at a friend's house for dinner, was asked to show his portfolio from a recent overseas trip.

His friends were quite impressed.

"What wonderful photos!" said the host's wife. "You must have a very expensive camera."

The photographer just smiled and waited until after dinner, when he said, "Thank you for the delicious meal. You must have very *expensive* pans!"
Good luck Debbie
and keep learning when we think we know it all a new door opens

PS :Dawn you have some great photos

Studioportosabbia

some people either have it, or they don't: absolutely true! I've seen photo's from professionals that were crap. Todys equipment is more affordable for amateurs as it was ten years ago, not to speak about the film and printing costs.

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