From the outside, very simple: amateurs hold the camera wrong thumb below lens or hand not on lens at all and have lens hoods reversed. They also use lens caps and let their dinky on-camera flash fire when their subject is miles away. On a deeper level, amateurs don't realize how much a photo differs from reality. They love an experience and think hitting the shutter will capture it. But taking a successful photograph is much closer to telling a story in words than it is to reality. Sign In. What are the differences between an amateur and a professional photographer?
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What Defines an Amateur versus a Professional Photographer?
It seems to me that a lot of amateur photographers quickly lose interest in photography. This is especially true for those who make the leap to DSLRs. An amateur photographer pretending to be a professional photographer hurts the client, the photographer, and the industry.
You may not know a thing about the business side of photography and instead all you may know and understand is that the more Instagram followers you can garner the more popular you are the the cooler you are. Story of the current industry…a world plagued by art buyers who know nothing about art or photography but know everything about the gamification of Instagram numbers and co-branded symbiotic marketing. Years ago, Thrillist emailed me because they wanted to use a photo of mine in high res and without the watermark for a big email campaign that they were doing. When I presented them with a licensing agreement, they said no.