Does owning a camera make you a photographer?

March 13, 2012
Just because you own a camera, it does not make you a photographer.
Just because you know where Home Depot is located, it doesn’t make you a General Contractor.
Just because you own a car and you know where the hood release is located, it doesn’t make you a mechanic.
And just because you own a computer and set up your wireless network at home, it doesn’t make you an IT professional, much less a CIO.
There is a difference between a hobby and being an expert in something.  Novice vs professional.
Do you know how to do it right?  And why it’s “right?”
Do you know the dependencies and the trade offs?  The gotchas?
Have you spent the time to get the education and put in the hands-on the job time required? Have you put the time in to become an expert and are you ready to put your name (or more) on the line?  We all have opinions, depending on the subject at hand, some of those opinions mean more than others.
Let the professional do their job, watch, and see what you can learn.
And, for the argumentative out there, just because you own a camera, it does not make you a photographer, it means you can take a picture.  It doesn’t mean you know composition, lighting, depth of field, etc. – it means you can click the shutter.  And we’re proud of you, it’s a start, now go learn from an expert…

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