I have been doing photography for pay for about 5 years. However, it is definitely a second income. I have debated several times going full time as I think it is a viable income. However, I have always considered it a means to pay for my lenses. I am a social worker by trade. I enjoy working with people. It may explain, in part, my interest in the individuals who are taking the pictures.
Ditto! I love good equipment. Although equipment may not make the photographer, it sure feels good in my hands. 8)
Anyway, I am definitely a hemi demi amateuer whatsit... I enjoy photography and have been an amateur most of my life. I felt like I upgraded my skills a bit when I changed the settings on my D70 to Aperture Priority!! :lol: Since then, I just try to capture the moment, and concentrate on composition and lighting. So much to learn, so little time...(son's birthday today).
I sell prints throughout the year and maybe do two or three contract jobs so I am between and amateur and semi pro. The grateful dead have a line in one of their songs "Dont quit your day job until your night job pays"
Only an amateur, I very much like the move to digital because you have an instant response of what you do but I am looking forward to return to film. View camera is the camera I like the most because it teach me to be patient and to really have a good look before pushing on the button.
Total amateur here....make my tacos vegetarian, please! Honestly, I think I may be too much of a perfectionist to ever move beyond the amateur level...I rarely show my work to others, and when I do, I tend to point out all the mistakes I've made! I'm working on that though.