Tyler F July 23, 2010 08:07 am I wouldn't class a pro as someone who starts earning money from photography, because there are some really bad photographers out there who can market well, or maybe not many photographers in that area. If you can take the time to form proper questions and answers you will be a much better communicator. Your work area should be neat and organized, and your briefcase should contain only what is needed for your appointment or presentation. Then there is a bit of a grey area covering people who make a little bit of irregular money and people who are actively pursuing a photographic business. Systems and procedures: a professional person appreciates the need for systems and procedures and their implementation only after careful thought, and understands and always follows the chain of command. I just happened to be motivated every day at 8am. The American class structure: In an age of growing inequality.
I have seen the pro lifestyle and, to quote one of my favorite memes. Thus, as people became more and more specialized in their trade, they began to 'profess' their skill to others, and 'vow' to perform their trade to the highest known standard. But that doesn't change the quality of the work that I do. A strenuously enforced culture of honor and discipline in the military has a secondary function of encouraging civilian confidence. Competency Professionals get the job done.
I do not want to be the wal-mart of photography and neither should any artist. A want to be pro says I try my best That's the difference. Today my camera goes everywhere I go, I am an opportunistic photographer - always looking for that opportunity of a lifetime and if I may say so myself, I have taken shots with my humble 350D that will be able to compare with the best and most expensive equipment out there! Unfortunately, many people both photographers and non-photographers think that being a professional photographer indicates that the work will be better than the non-professional photographer, but this simply isn't the case. Moral and Ethical Foundations As one means of classification, everyone on earth falls into one of two categories: those who hold with moral absolutes and those who do not. Occupation and Class Consciousness in America.
We will consider each reason in more detail. You must be able to deal with people in a friendly and professional manner, so that people can relate to you easily. That is a term made up by American sports commentators. However, do what you can to avoid ending up in this situation! An ongoing requirement is that you must be able to deal with the daily challenges that arise. You create consumer loyalty when you can assure them that their business is in safe hands. I've seen this in my own experiences… When I don't miss workouts, I get in the best shape of my life.
We have good reason to believe that the combination of knowledge and experience allows the professional to make good decisions even when presented with something new and different, perhaps even unprecedented. As for some previous comments downing people for inserting themselves into the competition for customers without countless hours of study, I've put my time in, believe I know what I'm doing, and have no guilt in that regard, even though I did start out some years ago just playing with my camera. Self-Regulation They also stay professional under pressure. Even the most anxious bride can trust that her wedding will go off without a hitch when a true professional is on the job. If so, obviously it is not a good business choice to label yourself as an amateur just because you didn't take any college courses specifically on photography, much less because some other photographer does not think you personally meet their strict qualifications for use of the word professional.
Ethics Professionals such as doctors, lawyers and public accountants must adhere to a strict code of ethics. Will McA July 23, 2010 06:22 am I think there are people who are definitely professional photographers, when they are making steady money from it. These may sound like the attributes of a Boy Scout, but they are basic values that all professionals should follow. Its about what the word actually means and there is no indication of quality, attitude, etc. But what exactly does it mean to be a professional? It is probably quite obvious to you that rules and codes of conduct are not made for circumstances where it is easy to do what is right, but rather for when immediate factors might otherwise render the proper move unclear or obscured by ideas of expediency. Hi Mary, I think we all need to be aware and want to improve on our personal self-development. Those who do not hold with moral absolutes can have no moral core and no corresponding core values or integrity.
That is, if you can't attract new clients, you don't eat. Bill Turley July 23, 2010 10:51 pm To answer the question what I consider make a person a professional photographer I would say that a person should make a substancial percentage of their income from photography. Yet their images are plagued with halos and over saturation. This is the Mission Statement of a true professional photographer If you can consistently meet this statement you are than a professional photographer. In my eyes I see a professional photographer getting paid for their skills, I recently went to a wedding and took lots of photos and some people said you go professional, even the already professional photographers said I have the skills to be a professional photographer. GradyPhilpott November 5, 2012 11:32 am I believe that in many endeavors, photography being one, there are amateurs, professionals, and hacks.
I worked as a Medical Photographer in a Clinical situation, Pro , shot occaisional weddings A , worked for a wedding photo agency Pro had several photos printed in newspapers, books and mags A worked for Lifetouch as a portrait Photographer Pro , publish photographs connected to a blog A. And please, let us use education alone to determine if someone is a professional. It takes a special kind of individual to succeed in sales. Responding to people promptly and following through on promises in a timely manner is also important, as this demonstrates reliability. It's not my fault if the project manager gives me a ridiculously short deadline or if the client didn't explain her business to me well enough so that I could understand what she really needs. He referred to photography as his hobby. I think you can be an expert even if you aren't a professional.
I now have a pension and health insurance becasue of my retirement as an educator and still do pictures for money as well as sub as a teacher. In fact, being a pro is painful. There are five key qualities that are essential for success: 1. With all the wealth of photography types out there, Art, lansdcape, wildlife, product, wedding, location, portrait, experimental. A person need not know the name and function of every single spring and rod within a camera body to be a real or professional photographer.