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MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 28, 2013 08:02PM
Poll
Are You _____ ?
This poll has expired. Voting is no longer possible.
25 votes were received.
Professional Photographer: this is how I earn a living. 11
 
44%
Professional Photographer: but I don't earn a living from it. 6
 
24%
Rabid Amateur Photographer: it's what I spend ALL my money on! 8
 
32%



OK, curiosity has gotten the best of me.
With all the posts here regarding photo equipment, I'm curious to know
how many professional (primary job, making a living class) photographers MRF has.
I know who a few of you are but I'm guessing there are others. thanks thumbsup smiley



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: DP
Date: March 28, 2013 08:08PM
It's how I earn my living. I'm doing pretty well. No complaints. I shoot and teach. Life is good...
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 28, 2013 08:12PM
How can you be a professional photographer if you're not earning a living from it?
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: mstudio
Date: March 28, 2013 08:20PM
Since about 1975. I'm shooting less these days....although I did just buy a new camera.
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: mstudio
Date: March 28, 2013 08:24PM
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freeradical
How can you be a professional photographer if you're not earning a living from it?

That's a good question!
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: Acer
Date: March 28, 2013 08:30PM
Somewhat rabid amateur here.
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: Spock
Date: March 28, 2013 08:38PM
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freeradical
How can you be a professional photographer if you're not earning a living from it?

You could be retired.



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 28, 2013 08:38PM
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freeradical
How can you be a professional photographer if you're not earning a living from it?


I believe the PPA or ASMP defines it as 25% or more of your income
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: DP
Date: March 28, 2013 08:39PM
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mstudio
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freeradical
How can you be a professional photographer if you're not earning a living from it?

That's a good question!

Actually, I know a photog who is from a wealthy family. His profession is photography but when things aren't going great he still has had his family wealth to fall back on. Is he earning a living from it? He makes some money but he will never be in an unemployment line.
You can also argue that since a license isn't needed to be a photog you aren't a "true" professional.
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: March 28, 2013 08:43PM
I have seen some people earn a living from photography but their lack of ethics and other behavior would bring into question the term "professional". Otherwise, I enjoy the field immensely even though it is very crowded now because I love doing it.



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: March 28, 2013 09:20PM
Rabid amateur. Certainly don't spend all my disposable income on it, but not afraid to invest. Once in a while I'm paid for my work. Not relying on it for income allows me to simply use it as a form of expression.
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 28, 2013 09:30PM
Rank amateur here. Grandmother was an official pro.



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 28, 2013 10:48PM
I use digital cameras for documentation at work, but I would not call myself a professional photographer.

But it's taught me how to use a D3, a Red One, and a series of other lesser cameras over the years.

My current favorite is the SX50 I purchased for myself late last year.
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: March 28, 2013 11:50PM
Rabid amateur here too. I've made a wee bit of money from selling stock though. But I am in the photo business: I've been a photo researcher for over 20 years. My dad shot professionally.



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: steve...
Date: March 29, 2013 12:24AM
__x__ Rabid Amateur Photographer: it's what I spend ALL my money on would spend money on if I had any money.








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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 29, 2013 03:54AM
Professional Photojournalist and Photo Editor for 30 years before retiring in 2009, made much more money than the job was worth.

Now I teach high school photography and make much less money than the job is worth but I'm having a lot of fun.



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: March 29, 2013 08:44AM
Working pretty much from age 15 on, starting as a darkroom rat and moving on to wedding work while in high school. I spent 15 years doing 60 to 70 hour weeks working as a in house photographer while also running a freelance business on the side. After leaving corporate life I continued doing general commercial work - a combination of corporate communications, studio product, architecture, advertising, and portraiture on the side. Pre-digital I was primarily a medium & large format guy, and still think upside down and backwards.



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 29, 2013 10:27AM
>>Pre-digital I was primarily a medium & large format guy, and still think upside down and backwards.

Hell yeah!

but convenience has pushed me toward DSL and tilt/shift.



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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: thermarest
Date: March 29, 2013 11:45AM
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freeradical
How can you be a professional photographer if you're not earning a living from it?

By some definitions, no matter if you earn your living or not a photographer would not count as a professional.
[en.wikipedia.org]

Let's say a guy works as an electrician and makes, say, $20k per year from it, but also has rental property that earns $50k per year. Oh, and his wife is a doctor and makes $200k and he could afford neither the house nor the fancy truck on his income alone. Is he earning is living as an electrician? Is he a professional electrician?
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: pipiens
Date: March 29, 2013 02:23PM
ASMP is planning a change in definitions.

Proposed Changes

First, here is the definition of Imaging Professional as it is used in the proposal below:

Professional photographers, motion professionals, CGI artists, retouch artists or hybrid business models comprised of any of these elements. Part time or full time.

Proposed new membership categories:

PRO: Imaging Professionals with 3+ years experience in the industry.

Qualifications:

3+ years experience as an imaging professional

Proof of professionalism, a total of 3 recommendations:

2 recommendations from clients, employer, gallery or other professional representative of applicant. (A client is defined as someone unrelated to you who has paid for your services as an imaging professional. An employer is relevant if the applicant holds a staff position as an imaging professional.)

1 sponsorship from an ASMP Pro member. By sponsoring an applicant, the Pro member is certifying that the applicant understands and meets the Membership Code of Ethics. (The Pro member is NOT assessing quality of work.)
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: March 29, 2013 03:49PM
It was apaprox 1/3 of my income for about 6 years.




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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: robfilms
Date: March 29, 2013 04:17PM
photographer?

nah, sorta, maybe- but all my images move.

i was a film-maker and then there was no film.

i was a videomaker and then there was no video.

i am now a digital content media producer.

i look forward to see what is next.

funny thing, i've been doing basically the same job for 30 years.

i tell stories.

life is good.

yup yup.

ymmv

be well.

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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: btfc
Date: March 29, 2013 05:09PM
Photojournalist/ Photo Editor for several years. Freelance/stock for several more.
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: Buck
Date: March 29, 2013 05:18PM
I'm the one who promoted just using the iPhone 4S camera.
I now also have a Canon SX50 for the long zoom. But it does stay in the bag a lot.
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Re: MRF Professional Photographers??
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 03, 2013 08:15PM
Thanks to all!
Results are lower than I guessed.

hail smiley



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