The truth is that I'm a hobbyist photographer that sometimes gets paid to take pictures. I don't exactly know what constitutes being a "professional" photographer. Some of my photographs were published in magazines, and once in a newspaper. I've had 5 shows, and I get paid to take portraits from time to time. One of my photographs is on the cover of an album (see link at the bottom)! A few local businesses use my photos on their instagram pages.
I once read a quote from a well known fashion photographer that there are two types of photographers: There are photographers that wander about looking for photos to take, and there are "master" photographers that plan out the lighting, makeup, set design, and they know what the photo will be before they ever step foot inside a studio.
I've designed sets, done the make up, and designed lighting. That doesn't mean, however, that my photographs that were taken with available light take my talent down a few notches because there wasn't a studio and a creative team involved.
I get complete satisfaction from photographing every day scenarios. I take photos for the sake of preserving memories, the bit of attention that I get for having a camera in my hand (my ego loves this), the sound of the click of the shutter release, the adjustment of the aperture, the choosing of the right ISO, and the finished prints in my hand. And yes, I sometimes use a set, make-up, artificial light, and models. For me, photography is photography- love it or leave it. Digital or analog? Yes!
Do you want to take pictures? Then learn the art of framing a photograph, telling a story, learn how to use your camera manually, learn how to shoot with artificial AND available light. Then, later, you can decide if there is a subject that you want to focus on exclusively. In the mean time, always be shooting. It will only make you a better photographer.
It's like Stephen King said about writing (paraphrased): "If you don't love doing it for free, you won't love doing it for money."
These photos we're taken with Ilford Black and White Film :https://www.ilfordphoto.com
and, JCH Street Pan 400: https://www.japancamerahunter....
My friend, Lizz Villa (first 3 photos), has released an EP. Check it out here: https://thenumberh.bandcamp.co...