It is a famous debate topic in photography community about who is amateur photographer and who is professional photographer.
We wish to resolve this debate with our perspective.
So lets begin!
Lets go basic. What is Photographer ?
Definition of Photographer is changing time to time and person to person so we will go with the dictionary.
“A person who takes photographs, either as a job or hobby” – Cambridge Dictionary
Definition is simple “A person who takes photographs” It can be anybody who has a camera and takes photographs either is doing as Job,Business or Hobby.
Now, What is Professional?
“having the qualities that you connect with trained and skilled people, such as effectiveness, skill, organization, and seriousness of manner” – Cambridge Dictionary
It specifically mentions the “Qualities” word.
Qualities such as Trained , Skilled , Effective, Organization & Most important Seriousness of Manner
Lets combine these two definitions lets see what we get,
“A person who takes photographs, either as a job or hobby who has qualities such as Trained , Skilled , Effective, Organization & Most important Seriousness of Manner“
If we can agree to this, we will call this definition for “Professional Photographer“.
Photographers usually categories Amateur or Professional on the basis of
These are all invalid criteria which photographers have made for themselves to satisfy their own ego and hiding their incompetency.
Nobody is focusing on quality of the photographs taken by the photographer.
Lets think about it and not be judgmental about what a person appears to the eye.
again quality is very vague term and changes with person to person.
But lets keep it simple as it is,
If answers of these question are positive then you know quality photography.
If its negative then there is something you need to work on and get better.
Going further lets see what are the other qualities makes an photographer a professional photographer?
These are the most important 7 aspect which makes you a professional photographer.
We hope we shared a different perspective on the matter. If you like this article share it with your fellow photographers.
Wish You Professional Photography Every Day!