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Pro vs. Amateur vs. Expert
'People' always talk about pro-photographers vs. amateurs photographers. This got me thinking. What exactly makes a pro a pro and an amateur an amateur? Besides this two categories, there also is the expert.
Thinking about this all, I feel the main difference comes down to a state of mind (combined with amount of effort and expertise). I won't elaborate too much yet, because I would like your opinions first...
What do you think the difference between a pro, amateur and expert (Lego-)photographer might be?
Have you seen this video? It's long so just go to the last minute (21:20) for the rundown of the 8 points he makes and then scrub back through to listen to his explanations if you're so inclined.
I agree it's a mindset. I liken it to integrity: you'll do right whether or not someone else is looking.
In our case, you'll do good work even if Instagram never existed. ????
Going back to the video, I'll fail on a couple of his points particularly, that I treat LEGO photography as a casual entertainment pursuit rather than a profession.
And well, yeah... because my professional photography pursuit is portraiture.
LEGO photography is my means for creatively exploring photography in ways I can't really do in portraiture.
Hopefully, I can use some stuff I learn through LEGO photography in my portrait work but that's not the goal, the learning journey is the goal.
I also agree with the YouTube guy that what you present should be curated, cohesive.
Which is why I use Four Bricks Tall for my LEGO photography and not my real name: I don't want to comingle the two because they are two totally different pursuits and mindsets.
(Related: It annoys me when people name me or out me in public. I don't want people searching my full name looking for my portrait work only to find my much more public LEGO work. It doesn't help me professionally. EDIT: I'm totally fine with first names ???? )
I almost responded tongue and cheek with "pros get paid" but decided to wait for others to respond first.
I agree with @Maëlick that those definitions sound more like casual vs non casual.
I'm defo an amateur and casual. But even if I got really good and acted professional, well I'm A Software Product Owner by profession I wont be quitting to do photography because taking photos is a hobby for me. So I'll always be technically an amateur no matter my attitude, approach ir skill level.
I could be an expert though! Unlikely ????