Pro vs Amateur
March 04, 2012 • 1 Comment
How many of you have participated in discussions of “pro” vs “amateur” DSLR cameras? As far as camera bodies are concerned, they’re just tools. Pick the one that best suits the work you’re trying to create. In many cases, that’ll mean having to own several different bodies, as each one may have capabilities applicable to different applications.
Personally, I’m tired of thinking in terms of “pro” vs “amateur”. I prefer to think about the skill level of a photographer, not his or her financial status. To me, being a “pro” says nothing about a person’s relative skill level. I’ve recently been spending time on 500px.com and the work created by amateurs there is absolutely stunning. How many of the “amateurs” on that site produce images that would blow away the work of many of the so called “pros” in the world.
I would recommend that you photogs out there focus more on the work you’re producing and less on how you label yourself.
Scott, interesting to read your comment on this. I couldn’t agree with you more.
I made the exact same statement, several times at both the 2005 and 2007 Outdoor Writers Association of America, annual Conference. Naming off a few of the image sites I was most intimately familiar with, such as: Flickr, RedBubble, PhotoSIG, OutdoorEyes, PBase, Photobucket and SmugMug: I warned the resident ‘pros’ about taking their ‘guru-seats’, for granted. Most were unaware of their tenuous positions. Since then, many of them have had very painful reminders of my warnings.
Are you familiar with the work, writings and – of the last few months – video posts, of Wild Eye’s (http://www.wild-eye.co.za/) Gerry van der Waldt, out of South Africa. Gerry is on Twitter (@gerryvanderwaldt) and Facebook: look under his name.
Great photos and sound advice. Glad to have found your site. Keep up the fine work.
les booth (aka, O’fieldstream) .. among ‘others’. “. )
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