What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
FrancoD Veteran Member • Posts: 6,677
Re: What is a 'Pro' Photographer, really?

The way I see it is that some confuse "pro" (professional) with "like a pro"

"like a pro" is a very common expression used to describe for example someone that sings well, well  enough to be a pro , but the very fact that the singing is described as "like" it means that it isn't...(I sing in my bathtub "like a pro"...)

The same with someone taking occasionally ,or even always, great photos that looks like a "pro" photo, however in the end pro still just describes what you do for a living, again nothing at all to do with quality.

You could be a Real Estate photographer taking same-same photos all the time and not of a particular high standard either, but if you are paid to do just that, well you are a pro photographer.

(passport entry : Profession : photographer , never asks you how good you are at it)

The same as you can be a lousy yet professional accountant. It describes you profession not your proficiency.

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