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What are you?
Pro 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Semi-pro going pro 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Semi-pro 7%  7%  [ 8 ]
Amateur going Semi-pro 22%  22%  [ 26 ]
Amateur 29%  29%  [ 35 ]
Freelance 4%  4%  [ 5 ]
Novice 16%  16%  [ 19 ]
Beginner 10%  10%  [ 12 ]
Other 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Don't know anything. whats a camera? canon who? 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Wannabe 7%  7%  [ 8 ]
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I guess I have enough experience with photography, my knowlegde is more than good enough. I just keep saying to myself: won't it be more fun or won't I get better results with that lens? Stupid, I know.

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Yeah - you need to let go. Maybe you are just kidding yourself.

Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
"Amateur" (doesn't feel right) going semi-pro. That's a slow process with me though. I've been planning to sell my service as a photographer, but keep on thinking: no, not until I have that.
At the moment, it's: no, not until I have an 85mm f/1.4 and 28mm f/2.8.
Then it will be: no, not until I have a full frame camera.
Then there's probably other lenses I want to have first before going semi-pro.

Perhaps my new university will offer me some photo-jobs, I certainly hope so! That'd be semi-pro, as long as I get paid (and I'll arrange that).

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If I won't? Then I won't. I won't shoot pictures for the university. I mean, it's time I could spend doing other, more important things. Time is money! :)

I'll see when I can put an ad up somewhere...

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I consider myself semi-pro for the fact I shoot for people. I just don't charge. There's been lotsa instances where I could have, but if I really enjoy doing something I don't want to charge ya. The only things i've taken on were for things I really believed in.

And Bjorn, I do agree with you that time is money! and that's my excuse for not doing things I don't enjoy that are unpaid. But I have free time all around. I'm always busy, but with something I don't need to do. (posting on CL, reading articles, etc)

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I love these kinds of threads that argue about simple semantics.

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Sublimity wrote:
I love these kinds of threads that argue about simple semantics.


do you ever have a post without a hint of sarcasm or negativity towards some one or something?

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I consider myself semi-pro for the fact I shoot for people. I just don't charge. There's been lotsa instances where I could have, but if I really enjoy doing something I don't want to charge ya. The only things i've taken on were for things I really believed in.

And Bjorn, I do agree with you that time is money! and that's my excuse for not doing things I don't enjoy that are unpaid. But I have free time all around. I'm always busy, but with something I don't need to do. (posting on CL, reading articles, etc)

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one reason to charge is to buy better lens and stuff, not so your making a wage, just paying for your hobby, as it can be expensive this hobby

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I see myself as freelance. I'm good enough to know what I'm doing and to always come back with something acceptable, but I only occasionally receive money for my photos.

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Since Jake here feels poked, let's dissect the matter.


I'm a professional photographer because I work as a commercial event photographer and photojournalist for a news agency. These latter two are simply job titles under the umbrella term, professional; someone who makes a living in an occupation. When I leave the company, I'll be an amateur once again, not some glorified title like semi-professional. Not hard to understand really, consulting a dictionary would help.

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Sublimity wrote:
Since Jake here feels poked, let's dissect the matter.


I'm a professional photographer because I work as a commercial event photographer and photojournalist for a news agency. These latter two are simply job titles under the umbrella term, professional; someone who makes a living in an occupation. When I leave the company, I'll be an amateur once again, not some glorified title like semi-professional. Not hard to understand really, consulting a dictionary would help.


Well, I can see how maybe in cases "semi-pro" can come off as being pretentious. Though you surely understand the meaning of semi-pro, so why dismiss it... ?

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voted semi-pro, around 50-60% of my income derives from photography jobs now.

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i cant be the only pro on this site?

Your not.

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Hmm,

A few interesting comments

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