Today I'm in Pittsburg speaking to about 150 "True" Professional Photographers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia about High School Senior photography. Â Why do I say "true"?
Because one who has worked in the business 4+ years full time and has learned lighting, posing and the subtle but important nuances of photography is a far higher quality photographer than the zillions who are now claim... "professional". There is a watering down of my profession and it saddens me that many may not see the subtle, yet vast differences in what a true professional portrait is.
Yes, expression IS important, but so is composition.Â And many "newbies" are able to get those 2 things, because they require little training.Â What takes a picture into art however, is the knowledge and use of lighting and posing.Â This is what is subtle, can't be corrected in photoshop, and takes years of training and study to master.
When I take an outdoor portrait, I look at the face and decide how to use the light to mold it and then know exactly where the sky is a bit brighter and/or darker.Â I often use light modifers, but not until I've done the former.Â In a few days I will show the difference in one of my portraits and a stated "professional" photographer.