We are `only` amateurs!

posted on 3rd of may, 2008

There's a frequent discussion that tries to give an answer to what makes a professional, what defines it and what sets it apart from the amateur. It's almost a cliche, like the image that worths as much as x words (substitute x with your own choice). You can see it on every respectable forum of any photography-related website.

Guess what, they're not different. I was reading an interview with a NG veteran researcher (not a photographer). He was asked if he consider himself a pro, after all these years. His answer, rather not, as he stills put passion in it, while a professional would do it only for money. I realized that what defines the amateur is not being the novice, but being a passionate about it. Does it mean that pros are not passionate? No, but then they are definitely amateurs, in a good way. They put passion in their work and believe in it.

The people complaining in the last days about the wrong-calculated ETR made me realize this. We all put a lot of passion within, we're all amateurs, no matter if we're newcomers or veterans. It's more addictive than chocolate.

Comments (8)

Posted by Heywoody on April 28, 2010
On the other hand you could say any contributor here is a professional - at least those who have achieved their first payment :)
Posted by Joezachs on April 28, 2010
Very true. Being passionate about it is the key word.
Posted by Gfevan on March 12, 2010
I agree!
Posted by Razvanjp on November 09, 2008
Nice.I totally agree with this point of view !!!
Posted by Complexdesignpl on May 16, 2008
Pretty nice and accurate point of view. :-)
Posted by Liumangtiger on May 05, 2008
I agree with your point.
Posted by Lisafx on May 05, 2008
I agree completely. No matter how long I have been doing stock photography (over 3 years now) it is still the passion for photography that drives me, much more than the money. Although the money is certainly nice too :)

Best part is that unlike chocolate, Dreamstime is not fattening!
Posted by Irisangel on May 03, 2008
Great explanation. About that chocolate part, I like to eat chocolate WHILE I create images, I guess that makes me a real addict.

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