Professional or Amateur?

What makes one a professional photographer? A degree, years of experience, expensive equipment, your images on the billboards in your town?

Why am I asking this question? Well, photography has been my hobby and my passion for over 4 years, I've had a privilege to assist couple photographers who did it for a living, I've upgraded/expanded my equipment and I am trying to learn more and more. Please understand me right I am not doing all of that for the sake of getting a new title but at the same time I don't want to be simply an amateur for the rest of my life. I want to be a very good photographer!

So, after hearing my clients say that I should charge more for my work, that the quality is very high, I started thinking if I am getting towards my goal? But what is going to be that finish line for me?

Please, share with us what you think and let us know how you became a professional photographer!

Thank you.

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Photo credits: Oleg Kozlov.

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January 05, 2009

Vaaltonen

Great post, Reed!
'Professional amateur'- I love it!
Viktoria

January 05, 2009

Vaaltonen

Great post, Reed!
''Professional amateur''- I love it!
Viktoria

January 05, 2009

Reeddaigle

On this subject, I like the filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's attitude. He considers himself an "amateur" filmmaker, because he loves film. According to the dictionary, amateur means "engaging or engaged in without payment; nonprofessional." However, its origin is Latin "amator" which means "lover" or "amare" meaning "to love". It's unfortunate that this term has also come to mean, "inept or unskillful."
And since professional means that you are paid for your art/work or that you are skilled at your art/work, then perhaps it would be better to become a "professional amateur."
And another filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez, said that if you make movies, whether or not you are paid or doing it for a big studio, then you are a filmmaker. This touches on Macdaddy's blog entry, which was a great post, too. Sorry for such a long comment, perhaps I should write my own post on this some day.

January 05, 2009

Eclecticelegance

Very good article! I want to graduate from being an amatuer one day, too! I want to continue to get better and better. But I suspect that everyone is a life-long learner. :)

January 05, 2009

Vaaltonen

Great article! Thank you.

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