Just about everybody has a camera. So almost everybody can take photographs. But not everybody describes themselves as a photographer. So what is a photographer, and why do some people call themselves photographers?
Google dictionary defines a photographer as somebody who takes photographs, especially as a job. This definition seems to imply that a “photographer” is usually taking photos for money, and is therefore usually a professional.
So what is a professional photographer, and how do they differ from amateurs, exactly? What are you paying for when you pay a “professional photographer” to take pictures for you, or of you?
There are a lot of definitions out there, but basically they revolve around the theme that a professional photographer takes pictures for a living – it is their main or even only job. They are “creating a source of income from their photography” (http://www.howtobecomeaphotographer.biz/what-is-a-photographer-2/) . Ken Rockwell, on…
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