What is YOUR definition of a Professional Photographer?

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  1. Mulewings~

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    I'd like to see what separates the Professional from all others in their own terms.

    Is is because you [Professional Photographer] make your entire living off from it?
    Or is a Professional one who makes limited income or is published?

    Give a very clear answer.
    Please?
    Thanks.
     
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    for me ...

    professional photographer = someone who makes a living out of photography
     
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    Makes their entire living from photography.
     
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    Very good, this is exactly what I was asking for.;)
     
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    NOOOOOOOoooooo!!!!!!!!!!! NOT ANOTHER THREAD ON THIS EXACT SAME TOPIC!!!!

    Please just do a search, there are threads upon threads that go pages and pages and pages about this very topic.
     
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    Someone who makes a good amount of money from photography.

    I say that because if someone has a day job, but is still doing weddings and what-not on the weekends, bringing in a few thousand a month, I think that a person like that would be considered a professional.
     
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    Sort of ... but not a direct question that asks for short precise non rambling answers:

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/photographic-discussions/182331-pro-vs-amateur.html

    Simple and staying on the Thread Topic would be very nice.
     
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    yeah, but that is where it will inevitably end up.

    By asking what is a professional, somebody will say something about how a pro is proficient and good at what he does, that there must be a standard of quality. Somebody else will then say, oh, but I have seen amateurs who provide better quality than "pros"

    and it will go from there, always does.
     
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    as a side note, I think op's often have this odd thought that they actually have some sort of control over what happens in a thread.

    In this case, yes you did only ask for one specific answer, but... people won't follow it (as I haven't obviously)
     
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    Thanks for pointing that out.
    I guess we can refer to the old post then and not continue.

    I just asked for simple.
     
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    Here's a possible simple test:

    Q: Random guy at a party: "What's your profession?"

    A: Professional photographer: "I am a photographer."

    A: Non professional photographer: "Import/export."

    Simple enough for me. Not that the particular label makes any difference.

    Alberto
     
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    saved me a search :)
     

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