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Professional Portrait Photographer And An Amateur

There’s a rising trend among the hipsters and the wanna-be ones these days. Apparently, just because prices of DSLR cameras are now more affordable and ergo more and more people can now buy one or two or even several of these for themselves, a lot of people now also introduce themselves as professional photographers. Professional meaning they now think they have the license to charge high rates, introduce themselves as professionals and even demand for certain things and perks that only the veterans used to enjoy. So now the question is – if more people now have the tendency to introduce themselves as photographers, how do you really weed out of the many and see who the real professional portrait photographers are and who the amateurs are?


The following points may help you figure out how to determine the professional portrait photographers from the amateurs.


1. Amateurs usually want the fast buck. This does not mean, however, that the veterans do not want the fast buck, too. Everyone wants and needs money, after all. The point here is that professionals usually focus on the photos first – the way these should be captured, the way they should evoke a certain emotion, the art and all that technical jazz. Amateurs, on the other hand, still have the tendency to focus on the money aspect – how much to charge, when to present the client with contracts, how to get more clients the faster and easier way. While professional portrait photographers also want to be busy with the money aspect, they would rather focus on keeping themselves busy by doing what they really want in the first place and that is to master the art of photography.


2. Professional portrait photographers make it a point to study, study, study. This means they will really allot time to study photography, study photos and even study how other photographers create their own photos. They spend time in improving their own skills. Amateurs, on the other hand, feel that they know enough. They’re the “know it alls.” They feel that they no longer need to improve because they’ve reached a certain status and that they do not have the time to educate themselves. Professionals think that there’s always room for improvement. Professional photographers believe that they should continually evolve and improve themselves and one way of doing this is to study, study, study.


3. Professionals think that there’s more to life than photography and that there’s more to photography than just business. Amateurs usually have the tendency to think that because they’re new in this field and that competition is tight, they need to be always on the lookout. Amateurs want to focus on the business aspect all the time – from paper work to business permits to promotion to marketing to sales and even to branding. Amateurs like the business aspect of photography but professionals usually find that balance between business and doing what they love to do in the first place and that is photography.


4. Another way to determine which ones are the professional portrait photographers and which ones are the amateurs is to figure out who wants to create his or her own style. Amateurs usually like being copycats – they have favorite photographers and they tend to copy their idols. Professional photographers, on the other hand, quickly learn that to have your own style is really the way to go. Style, after all, will define you and make you different from all the rest. Style will also be the factor that will draw in the clients and not to mention the fans.


5. Professionals can do photography even without the money. Now this can be quite tricky. Amateurs usually have the tendency to charge fees anytime and every time their photography skills are put to use. Professional portrait photographers, on the other hand, have had enough saved up and have had enough experience to know that sometimes, there is a need to share your talent without really putting a price tag to it. This is where experience, tact and social responsibility come in. Professionals know that there are times when giving and sharing are far more important than charging fees. Professionals also know that there may be unpaid opportunities but these opportunities will be helpful especially when it comes to honing the skills. And sometimes, too, these opportunities will draw in even better and paid opportunities in the future. It’s really all just a matter of networking and giving back.


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