This was sent to me from a photographer in Minnesota (where I am going in 2 weeks to give a workshop to full time professionals): I can use a hammer but it doesnâ€™t make me a builder.
I can use a thread and needle but it doesnâ€™t make me a seamstress.
I am able to take a pulse but it doesnâ€™t make me a doctor.
I am able to listen but it doesnâ€™t make me a psychologist.
I own scissors but it doesnâ€™t make me a hairdresser.
I can help my kids with their homework but it doesnâ€™t make me a teacher.
I can make my family dinner but it doesnâ€™t make me a chef.
I can wrap an ankle but it doesnâ€™t make me a athletic trainer.
Just because you own a camera, that doesnâ€™t make you a photographer.
You can take a snapshot outside but you donâ€™t understand lighting.
You can try and pose someone but find itâ€™s harder than it looks.
You take hundreds of â€œpicturesâ€ only to get one or two good ones.
You own photoshop but can only use it to fix your mistakes.
We live in the greatest country in the world... America. Everyone has the right to own their own business and everyone is in control of their own destiny. However, do not call yourself a photographer, or open a photography business, if you do not understand light control, posing, retouching, image enhancement, customer service, business laws, or your equipment. Using the â€œPâ€ setting on the camera does not mean â€œprofessionalâ€. Photographing your subject outdoors on vintage furniture does not make it cool. Lens flare, out of focus images, and blown out highlights does not make it art.
Our studio receives calls daily of regret.... regret that they went to a â€œphotographerâ€ to save a few dollars. I am saddened by the people who say, â€œI wish I would have went to a real professional studio and now its too late.
Â I can manipulate light, I am a photographer.
I can create sets and backgrounds, I am a photographer.
I understand color harmony, I am a photographer.
I can pose someone in flattering ways, I am a photographer.
I am able to use my manual settings on my camera, I am a photographer.
I can see lighting outside, I am a photographer.
I can use photoshop to enhance my images, I am a photographer.
I own a camera and I really am a Professional Photographer.