When do you call yourself a professional?

posted on 15th of november, 2008

I have been shooting photographs for over twenty years. For most of that time I was a film photographer developing my own photos using a darkroom. The cost to produce images worth selling is astronomical and creating a high quality image worth selling is extremely time consuming. Therefore, I never was able to sell images. With the advent of the digital age came cameras that can produce high quality images in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. Now I can sell my images digitally here on DT and via other digital means.

That being said, what qualifies a photographer is a professional? Is it their quality? I have seen some bad photos by so called professionals. Is it the length of time someone has been taking pictures? Some professionals have very little time behind...

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Comments (2)

Posted by Irisangel on November 15, 2008
I think if you are earning money from your images, you are a professional. Your portfolio is certainly very "Professional" Good luck in the future.
Posted by Gmargittai on November 15, 2008
Would you like to call yourself professional? If yes please do so.
I think the most important thing here on Dreamstime, at least for those of us with day jobs is to have fun.
I used to do 10"x14" prints and after filling up all the walls I felt it is kind of useless. Now with DT, I am getting a kick out of seeing that somebody pays money for my "art".

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I am a professional photographer specializing in commercial,event, portrait, and food photography. I have been a photographer for over twenty years, starting when I was only nine years old. I am an artist at heart so my commercial photography is seated with an interest in bright colors and vivid details. I started shooting back when there was only film and a darkroom was the only post editing available. I prefer to take a more natural image without heavy use of post production effects. My goal is to provide well framed and composed pictures that tell a story with the subject rather than ... [Read more]

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