Monday, October 19, 2009

Amateur or Professional

So I was reading through some other helpful tips articles the other day and was struck with a cold realization. I realized that I was judging the quality of another persons work based on what I thought their experience level was. When I was reviewing a professional's tips section I had much higher expectations that their pictures would be better and that their tips would be better. Likewise when I was viewing an up and coming photographer's site (notice I didn't say Amateur), I had more realistic expectations.

So today I thought I would try to clarify my experience level. I have been paid for some of the photographs before, however I am far from what I would consider a professional photographer. With that said, I consider myself to have a good eye and a solid understanding of the concepts of art and photography, so I would not call myself an amateur either.

I guess I would call myself an up and coming artist working on a budget! I do not own the latest and greatest camera, lenses or flashes. I do not have extensive knowledge on how to manipulate all of my photographs using Photoshop techniques. I do not make my living simply from taking pictures!

I do however have a deep and sincere love for photography and a solid appreciation of art. I am more of a minimalist and like to challenge myself to get the best picture without the use of software to alter the true shot (as much as possible.) I love to figure out unique ways to make my pictures POP without excess expensive gear. I love light, and love to capture moments in time one photo at a time!

So with all that said, that is where my perspective comes from. My desire is to make new concepts and ideas with photography familiar, and to take familiar techniques and concepts and try to make them new again! I am always open for other suggestions, so please join my blog and leave plenty of comments so I can learn from you as well!

Blessings to all, and happy photos!


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