I posted this on my blog today, thought it might be an interesting read here too! marc blackwell's blogspot: Photographers Not Being Photographers Photographers Not Being Photographers I'm going to rant a little bit. I'm not as fired up as I could be, nor as I have been about this subject, but I just read yet ANOTHER blog post from yet ANOTHER photographer to, yet again, OTHER photographers on HOW TO BE a "professional" photographer. I'm sick and tired of "photographers" trying to teach the rest of the world how to be photographers. Every other photographer you find on the net these days has a blog, or a podcast, or a book on how to be a photographer. "Here's how I do it - follow these easy steps and you will be a successful professional like myself!" It's all a facade! If you were or are a successful photographer you don't have time to write seminars, create online classes, and write photos for dummies books! I'm all about helpin' out the next guy. An amateur comes to me with questions about getting into the business, I'm more than happy to share with him what I've learned in my experience. I understand it's important to influence new photographers correctly so the market doesn't suffer, but this is getting ridiculous. I mean, it's like being a professional race car driver, and telling your competition what you've done to your car to make it faster. "Here, take my clients! And my income, and all my ideas! For free!" Essentially what's happening, right? I've fallen trap to a few of these photographer's gimicks. I understand, drive more traffic to your website and you might get a few more gigs a month. But at what cost are you willing to get those extra couple gigs. The cost of creating a bigger cesspool of guys with cameras? At giving false hope that anyone and everyone can be a photographer? At driving the market down as more and more amateurs pretend to be professionals? You're hurting yourself as a photographer and photographers in general. If you're working enough so that you think you can give others advice on how to works just as much, you don't have time to write a blog every day. You just don't! If you're on Twitter more than you're behind your camera, some thing(s) are NOT right. If you think Facebook is the only way to market your photography, you gotta pull your head outta the south end of a north bound horse. Photographers have an unhealthy obsession with social media and they're exploiting the beautiful world and business behind photography with it. Wanna be a professional photographer? Good for you. First, don't steal my customers. Second - work really hard! Really dive into the art and techinique of photography. Learn that first. You won't succeed if your photos suck. Then learn some business, because what everyone will tell you, some more often than others, is that you hafta run a business to be a professional photographer. Now...before I start being hypocritical, I'm gonna end by saying this; You're a photographer? Great! Now show me photos you've taken. Write me a news-letter once a month showing me everything you're working on, take videos of your photoshoots, create photo books, post iPhone pics on Twitpic, I don't care, just be photographical!!