Seriously though, what/who is considered a "professional photographer" these days? This question came up in my mind when I was talking to a random person online about it. She said she was a professional photographer because she got her "Professional Photographer licence" from a school in Ontario (Needing a licence doesn't exist). Hearing this made me incredibly frustrated and angry with the above question. Can the status of being a professional photographer be bought? Quite obviously, the answer is NO, it cannot. Becoming a professional at anything requires time, skills and above all patience. While it is true that anyone can buy a camera these days, using it in a correct and professional manner is a totally different game.
I have talked to many of my professional photographer friends and they agree with my "definition". I still find it frustrating how schools such as universities and Colleges make an expensive course, and falsify the need of a licence or other piece of paper. Like many other forms of art, self practice is the best action, and saves you money. That's what I did for my hobbies, and now I own my own businesses and do so in a professional manner. In North America, it is sad how our school system is commercialized and turned into businesses only caring about money (but this is a different topic for another blog post for another time).
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