Amateur Photographer vs Professional Photographer

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  1. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    Whats the difference between an amateur photographer and a professional photographer?
     
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    Wouldn't it be money?

    If you earn money doing something even if it is not something that is full-time then I guess you would be classified as professional. If for instance only a small amount of your annual income was from photographs I guess the waters get cloudy and you could be classed as semi-professional.

    At the end of the day I guess it boils down to do you get regular monetary gain from photography. If the answer is yes then a professional would be your classification.

    My two cents anyway.

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    oriecat work in progress

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    Just as in everything else, professionals get paid.

    Be careful about selling any photos, you might lose your amateur status, then you can't make the photolympics team. :p
     
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    I didn't even make the special photolympics team this year :cry:
     
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    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    I'm sorry, but what is photolympics?
     
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    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think she being sarcastic
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Who, Orie???

    Never!! :wink:
     
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    I think it depends on how you want to define "professional."

    There's the money thing.

    And there's the quality of work thing.

    There are many professional photographers that do some schlocky work and get paid for it.

    And there are probably an equal number of amateurs that take pics that blow your socks off. (There's a bunch here)

    Sometimes you even get pros who take pics that blow your socks off.

    So... how do you define it?
     
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    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    So, this again is a matter of perception! :)
     
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    amateur is from the latin "amator", or "lover".

    If you are doing photography for love, then you are an amateur. If you are pursuing it for financial gain you are a professional.
     
  11. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    Hmm, I must beg to differ on that. In that case, Ansel Adams is not a lover!

    Maybe a Professional lover??!! :)
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    "Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography - that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs. As a matter of fact nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it, and not merely for financial reasons. As the name implies, an amateur is one who works for love; and viewed in this light the incorrectness of the popular classification is readily apparent." -Alfred Stieglitz, in 1899
     

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