Excellent infographic shows what it really takes to become a professional photographer


posted Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM EDT


Yes, anybody with a camera (or smartphone) who enjoys taking pictures thinks life would be much sweeter if they just became a professional photographer. Well, it's really not that easy and, in fact, amateur photographers who decide to "make the jump" to becoming a pro can do a lot of harm by lowering the value of the occupation through undercharging clients. (Not that long ago Time magazine paid just $30 for an image to use on its cover, which is typically a $3,000 value.)

While the pro vs. amateur photographer dilemma has been hashed out on photography blogs for many years now, one of the best breakdowns of the debate is in the following infographic, titled "So, You Wanna Be a Photographer?" Initially shared by Fotoseeds, the graphic cleverly shows the many mistakes aspiring photographers can make along the way to becoming a pro. Best of all, it does it in a fun and educational way.

In a similar vein, check out these hilarious, satirical posters, which show the misperceptions people have about what photographers do. Tough work, if you can get it.

(Via Bit Rebels)