Is everyone here a professional now

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark B.
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Re: It's not about being a professional...
In reply to brianj, Jun 3, 2013

brianj wrote:

Draek wrote:

...it's simply putting more thought into what you do. Like the difference between writing a forum post and writing a short novel; even if you don't publish it, or if you do but give it away for free online, there's still orders of magnitude of difference in effort and care. It's the difference between being an amateur in the true sense of the word, someone dedicated to the art itself, and a bored person looking for a way to kill time.

Not to offend the latter, of course—I treat drawing the same way, but I'm not about to suggest people who're serious about it (professional or otherwise) to drop Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and replace it with the smartphone app I use whose name I can't remember.

So everyone here isn't a professional, what you are saying is that many have become passionate.

Is the quest to become as passionate as your budget will allow?  I guess i am not passionate to such an extreme because I am not willing to sell my kidneys just to buy the lastest and greatest.

I've not had to sell any of my organs.  I've just been very fortunate in my career that I can afford a nice DSLR and some nice lenses to use.

I get a lot of fun from just trying to get the most out of any equipment, it could just be an old second hand camera, like the fellow who recently bought a G5 just because he always wanted one.  But what ever it is I am passionate about trying to get it to work the way I want.

I mean anyone could re-morgage the house and go out and buy the best and say hey look what this gear can do.  But what enjoyment would that be, its no accumplishment by the photographer.  Someone demonstrated how some camera could produce a beautiful image at ISO54000, so what.

No re-mortgaging of my house either.  One type of photograhpy I enjoy is birding, and I can't get shots I want to print and frame with a compact camera.

I am trying to work out why I am becoming a dinosaur and out of step here.

You're not a dinosaur, and there's nothing wrong with getting the most out of the equipment.  By the same token, however, there's nothing wrong with other hobbyists spending a bit more if it's in their budget.  I don't think anyone here expects everyone else to spend the same amount of money on the hobby.

Mark

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