There are many differences between a professional and an amateur (or those who only work for hobbies). This is especially true for creative professionals such as marketing, creative, designer, stylist, fashion, etc. In photography, the difference is even more pronounced. If you ask people about this difference, tens of thousands of answers will be shown.
Someone will say that it is the innate talent, the hard work or the proficient use of tools and machines. Some people will even say that professionals are people who make more money. Those answers are true in some respects and true in each case.
The fact is that some people are not photographers, they just love photography but they still take beautiful pictures. And certainly professional photographers, they must also love this subject, then work hard every day to succeed as today. The biggest difference of professionals in all areas with amateurs is specific mindset.
Amateurs will sit and wait for inspiration, professionals will work relentlessly. There is really nothing wrong when you want to hold the camera to capture when you are interested. The time to take pictures for fun is really much more enjoyable. This will become a problem if you encounter one of the following three:
- You want from an amateur to a professional photographer.
- You want to take the best photos possible with your ability.
- You are disappointed because the picture you took was so bad.
If you are encountering one of these three conditions, you may not be able to shoot when you are inspired. You will have to change.
Professionals are always assigned to projects and jobs that they have to complete by the deadline, so it’s hard for them to just want to do it when they feel like it. However, amateurs are doing it for entertainment and often have no deadlines. So start making a personal project and assign the deadline to yourself. Make a personal project that has the purpose, content, and idea you like, then just add one deadline to complete. Also, start participating in online photography competitions. Force yourself to practice even if you don’t have the desire or desire to improve your level.