What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?

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Super16mman
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Re: What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?
In reply to fredphotog, 8 months ago

fredphotog wrote:

We discuss it here, we see people say 'I am no Pro..', but these folks take darned good photos.

So what make a 'Pro' a 'Pro'?

It used to be if you made 50% or more of your income from a 'hobby' then you were considered a 'Pro'.

Some folks think if you are published then you are a 'Pro'.

I see people with $20,000 in equipment call themselves a 'Pro' but create crappy work.

So TODAY, what makes a 'Pro'?

To me, I think if you put thought into your exact equipment, you plan your shot(s), you take care in framing, exposure, color, background, and you spend time in PP coming up with a good photograph, then you are a 'Pro', after all, normal people just take a P-A-S and 'go click' without regard to anything about the camera or subject matter.

It used to be a 'Pro' had that title tied to money, but I see a lot of 'Pros' publish good work for little or no money, so that doesn't fit in the discussions we have here once in awhile.

I see a lot of folks premise a picture with 'I'm no Pro', but these folks are doing awesome work - some of it better than a lot of the 'Pros' I know that make a living at it.

Thoughts?

One of  my mentors recently defined a pro as someone who takes the next step in his craft, who draws a line in the sand and will no longer do work for less than he's worth. A pro in his mind is basically someone who not only knows their craft but also knows their worth and won't compromise. This is why "pros" tend to be more successful than amateurs or enthusiasts. They quit taking the crap jobs and work hard to get payed what they deserve.

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