The Slow Climb to the Top
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There is a large discussion on what constitutes a professional photographer. The strictest definition is one who makes a living from photography; a looser one would be someone who makes money from photography. It was suggested by a photographer who makes his living from the trade that a pro: a) knows their gear, has skill, talent, and their own style; and b) can be expected to produce high quality results whatever they are shooting. Hence the name of this post; learning your craft is one thing, being able to produce a unique product on demand is something else. I was talking to a friend who noted that digital had to mean that photography costs a great deal less than before. I explained what my camera cost and told him what the life expectancy of that body was and asked him how he expected a photographer to survive on his low-ball quotes. As another example, I had to shoot some photographs to illustrate a magazine article. The worst part about it was the time frame. I hate to have the subject chosen for me and being under pressure to produce it. To make a long story short, I think I am much better off as an amateur and I have respect and a lot appreciation for those who climb to the top in professional photography.