What's Your Level?

What's Your Level?


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There is no way the photography habit could support the wine habit so an extra career is definitely necessary! :biggrin:
 
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I wanted a career in art at an early age - but since I never heard of a "starving engineer sale" that's what I became.

If you sell a photo does that make you a pro?
I do not think so. To be a pro at any endeavor I would think your primary livelyhood would come from that. I have sold a bunch of photos but by no means is it my means of support.
 
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I just try to earn enough to buy my equipment and put a few bucks away for the big purchases later. Anything over that is gravy since I don't depend on this income.
This would be perfect, IMO. I have a couple of friends who make just enough scratch to cover new gear and assist with financing photo vacations. But M-F, 8-5 they sling pills (pharmacist, not dealer :biggrin: ) and coordinate an international fleet of airliners. "Perfect."
 
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Rookie for me

Rookie for me as I am not advance in any way shape or form, I could not replicate a shot if I tried. I essentially know how to turn it on and press the shutter (At the right time).

I seem to have a knack for operating any type of machinery, be it powered by a gas or kerosene engine or a battery and an OS system.

Click clickedy click! :rolleyes:
 
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I wanted a career in art at an early age - but since I never heard of a "starving engineer sale" that's what I became.

If you sell a photo does that make you a pro?
Dave,

Most things I have read say you are not considered a pro until a certain % of your income comes from your photography (or other side business). I think the last thing I read was 10%, but I hope that is not true, if so last year I came REAL close to crossing that amount! Unless you are selling a lot of photos, you would be an advanced hobbyist, semi-pro max.

I am more like Matt (HickoryShampoo) for now, I try to make a little on the side to cover new equipment.
 
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I'm a TV Photojournalist full time. I do portraits for extra money which mostly covers my gear and a little money left over. I guess I'm a pro. I take pictures for a living even though my main income is video.
 
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The prospect of being a pro photographer is daunting to say the least.

At least I make my living doing photography related things (I write photography related software).

But long term? I put no limits on how far I want to go. I was a hobbyist programmer once.
 
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I just try to earn enough to buy my equipment and put a few bucks away for the big purchases later. Anything over that is gravy since I don't depend on this income.
If I could only be as fortunate as Gordon ....
So I'll leave myself in the under-achiever (Rockie) section... But (most days) I do remember to turn the darn thing on!
 
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Rookie for me as I am not advance in any way shape or form, I could not replicate a shot if I tried. I essentially know how to turn it on and press the shutter (At the right time).

I seem to have a knack for operating any type of machinery, be it powered by a gas or kerosene engine or a battery and an OS system.

Click clickedy click! :rolleyes:
If I could only be as fortunate as Gordon ....
So I'll leave myself in the under-achiever (Rockie) section... But (most days) I do remember to turn the darn thing on!
If Dude and Doug are rookies, then I'm embryonal.
 
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It kind of figures that most are advanced hobbyists on the café as the "what do you do for a living" thread had such diverse responses as to our day-job/pay- the-bills gig. Having said that though the quality of work that many of you do would certainly fall in the "pro" category (ego stroke). On many occasions I have admired the beautiful display of art that is shared here. I chose advanced hobbyist but clearly there are many levels above my skills although you don't sell to make a living. I hope to develop skills good enough to keep me busy in retirement some day! Keep up the good work everybody!
 

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