Why you are not a photographer
Owning a camera, makes you no more a photographer, than owning a scalpel makes you a surgeon.
If you are reading this, chances are you are considering yourself to be a photographer, and you probably even use the term to advertise your service, even though you're not professionally trained. There are a few common mistakes you should avoid when starting a photography career, because being a photographer is not a hobby, it's an ambitious profession.
This may be a sore spot, but today everyone is a photographer, the minute they acquire a decent camera. Social media are packed with thousands of untrained photographers offering their services as a professional, although they are not, doing a lot of damage to the entire market. There is a simple explanation. In most countries, the job title "photographer" does no longer underlie specific requirements, much like designer, musician, painter, basically most creative professions. However, this is an erroneous belief. Whereas authorities do not require you to adhere to specific skills and trainings, another important group does: your customers.
Consider this. Your car breaks down, you have to go the garage. You would expect a trained mechanic to attend to your troubles, wouldn't you? Would you trust a hobbyist or amateur mechanic with your car? Would you feel ok to be asked to pay them? Probably not. As a customer you expect a certain standard and set of skills, which is normally acquired through year long training. It is no different with photography.
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