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When do you know your a pro?


When do you know that you've become a pro photographer? When you've mastered exposure? When people buy your photographs? When they get published? Win contest? When you can shoot without a light meter?


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3/14/2005 10:31:11 AM

 
Robert Hambley
roberthambleyphoto.com
  I have heard that you can consider yourself a 'pro' photographer when the majority of your income comes from photography.


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3/14/2005 11:48:41 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  The Great Kazoo has spoken.


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3/14/2005 1:38:15 PM

 
Robert Hambley
roberthambleyphoto.com
  Not sure if that was to be a flame or not...


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3/14/2005 2:03:30 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  The "dictionary" version of a professional, is someone who's income is primarily...or at least partially, derived from their chosen endeavor.

Many feel that an "expert" in a given field can be considered a pro,...but when you break it down,...an "ex", is a has-been, and a "spurt",...is a drip under pressure,...so who really knows for sure if this is true. :)

....All kidding aside, when clients/publishers start calling YOU,...and/or you are consistant in your sales of photos or photography related assignments, you can assume pro status.


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3/14/2005 5:56:32 PM

 
Michael H. Cothran   Just remember this when it comes to defining amateurs & professionals -
The Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic was built by professionals!
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net


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3/14/2005 7:15:17 PM

 
Buddy Purugganan   Its when you are assigned to go to the most dangerous places on this planet, such as an island with spewing volcanic eruption ( taking photos on forbidden zones ), tsunami-wrecked disaster areas, to the most highest mountain ranges in places like Tibet or the Himalayas to the most desolate deserts with camels and sandstorms ( and surviving it all ) that you realize that you're a serious professional. ( I salute those who have gone through the ordeals! )


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3/14/2005 7:27:13 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Wasn't directing it to you Hambley.
If you can make a living at Glamour Shots, then.....
Ark is a myth, the Titanic was necessarily built bad, just driven bad. As for the other definition, that takes out a whole bunch of magazine, paper, commerical, etc etc.
Not seeing all the profoundness in it.


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3/14/2005 8:40:43 PM

 

BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2003
  When you no longer have to ask.


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3/15/2005 11:57:44 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Thumbs up to that response.


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3/15/2005 12:41:00 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Typo edit-Titanic wasn't necassarily buit bad.


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3/15/2005 12:43:11 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  another typo greg ,built, wasn't, you folks do us a great service don't worry about typos.
sambo


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3/15/2005 7:29:56 PM

 
Ganesh G
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  My definition of being a pro is when you think you are good enough to give advice to someone WITHOUT being worried about the fact that you may be wrong.

Going by that, I am a pro at definitions (since I gave you this 'advice'), but I ain't no pro in photography.

P.S. : Double checked for typos (If you find anything wrong, don't blame me, the Americans messed up the spellings).


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3/15/2005 9:07:06 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Wasn't wasn't wrong. Built was good the first time, bad the second when it was buit. Wasn't it.


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3/16/2005 1:15:27 AM

 

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  Answer: when you're first meeting, with the first client you ever had, books you. I had a flyer out for only 4 days before I got a call. Met them for 30minutes and got the job -sweet


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3/16/2005 3:11:14 AM

 
John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  Being a pro might be like being an expert - You're more than 50 miles from home!


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3/16/2005 5:38:35 AM

 
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