Photography 101: The Myth of the Professional Photographer


Great article by Stephen Dennstedt on what connotes a professional photographer. I’ve seen the same debate over what makes an author a professional.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

885756_830581123663491_378352687033749097_o Stephen F. Dennstedt

I’m not going to get into the whole debate about: What is a professional photographer? I have my opinions on that subject and they are heavily biased relative to competence. Suffice it to say I am a firm believer that making modest amounts of money with photography is not, in and of itself, the sole criteria for labelling ones self a professional. In the days of film a commercial photographer absolutely needed a high level of technical competence, the technology of the times demanded it. Therefore, a so-called professional photographer (someone who made his livelihood taking photographs) had to be competent in his craft. Digital changed all that.

The fantasy (or dream) for many of us was to become a professional photographer. That dream still exists for many but is it what you really want? The reality can be a wakeup call. To be a professional…

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