Amateur or Pro?

What’s the difference? Is it to do with the equipment I use or whether I make money by taking commissions? Is it anything to do with experience, or just being in the right place at the right time? I’m confused.

You see, we are told by the marketing bods that a particular camera is for amateurs and another for professionals and this reflected in the price. So, does buying a pro camera make you a professional? No. Does buying a cheaper camera make you an amateur? Again, no. So why is there a distinction?  

Whilst in London recently, I saw a billboard advertising the iPhone. The photos on the poster were taken using that same mobile phone. They were huge and stunning. Were they taken by a professional? No, just Joe Public with his mobile phone.

It’s a ploy to make you part with your hard earned cash. You see, a professional photographer can produce crap photos and vice versa with the amateur. So, what’s the difference? It’s all to do with the eye, what we see and how we see it…………………

So, what am I? I can be both. If someone wants to pay for my services and get results, I’m a professional, if I churn out crappy photos, I’m just an amateur 🙂