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I class myself as an enthusiast but if anyone here wants to buy some prints off me I will call myself a semi-pro
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I am frustrated.....more lenses, new camera, lessons or go on a processing course.
Saying that I saw my next door neighbours wedding shots on Saturday.. I was shocked - and as i had been drinking with him for a few hours I told it like it was...done by a cowboy I said and who must have processed them blindfold - and the guy got paid for it....shocking - gotta be a law against that and if he classed himself as a semi or pro I want to be the next Pope !
Sums photographers up in a nutshell.
I started out as a semi-pro until I entered Fleet Street as a professional in the late 1950s and then continued in the media until I retired.
I hardly changed my Rollei and flash in the early days,run it into the ground and it still worked.Only later did I change to 35mm.Cameras don't come into your thoughts during this period-you are worried about other things.
It was a 24-hour day which never stopped,I never married,I would have been divorced within a short space of time.You become a slave to the camera,work takes over,the outside world doesn't exist.Friends few,and those would be fellow journalist.
A true professional must be a slave driver.
In the skydiving world there are three major categories:
Whuffos (wha fo you jump from dat airplane?! ie. Non-jumpers)
Whores (experienced and never miss an opportunity to have a paid for jump)
There are almost no professionals since there is no real money in the sport. Perhaps photography should come up with something similar?
i am a curious photographer, i doubt i belongs to any category...
i do not know why PRO category is considered as the highest category, which is rather the poorest of all, to me they do not try to make a photograph rather they try to make a money making machine, LOL...
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Ooops! sorry it should be read as a curious tog...
I`d call myself a beginner, life`s a state of flux and there`s always more to learn, I hate labels.
I don't think I'll ever stop learning - there are so many new techniques etc that I'll never catch up!
I don't have a label...
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Really?? There are a few (complimentary ones I would attach to you!) ..................................but I do agree with your never stop learning bit!!
Mine says "Shrink Proof"
No Shrink has ever been able to fathom me out!
[quote]No Shrink has ever been able to fathom me out! [/quote
.........................nor anyone on here Jas!!
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Glad I'm amongst like minded people!
Jas, I've just noticed an uncanny resemblance between our avatars!! Mine is just missing the bow tie!!
Bow ties, 10p down Petticoat Lane on Sunday mornings!
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