There’s lots of dialogue circulating online about what makes a photographer “real” which some would say there’s no straightforward answer to because the definition holds several variables. My question is at what point do you get to call yourself a professional? It certainly can’t be when you decide that you WANT to be one?
It’s entirely open to debate but Paul Indigo shares some great distinctions between what he believes makes a “real photographer” in comparison to one that’s “not so real”. Needless to say, I agree with everything stated.
Being a real photographer is not about:
- A job title ie Professional Photographer
- Having a qualification
- Selling your photography
- Taking pictures every day
- Carrying the latest camera around
A real photographer:
- Produces work that is interesting and significantly different which gets him or her noticed.
- Is more interested in communicating than in the process of taking photographs (has something to say)
- Is creative in everything they do - their approach, the way they create opportunities for pictures as well as the aesthetics of making the image.
- Pays attention to the smallest detail
I highly recommend reading the rest of the list.