RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Business > Work/Jobs
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Work/Jobs Talk about the business side of things. Advice, questions, inspiration, and moral support

Amatuer Or Professional?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-26-2001, 07:47 PM
thomasgeorge's Avatar
thomasgeorge thomasgeorge is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 1,045
Amatuer Or Professional?

What constitutes an Amatuer and what constitutes a Professional in this world of Photo Restoration? At the outset I donot think the old defination of a Professional as one who derives sole income from a particular field is valid anymore except in the context of "Economic Professional" which says nothing about skill, etc. only the monetary side of the equation. What then gives one the identity of Amatuer or Professional or is this such a new and different field that the distinction is not valid? Tom
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 08-26-2001, 08:00 PM
DJ Dubovsky's Avatar
DJ Dubovsky DJ Dubovsky is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
Posts: 1,659
Good question. Unfortunately not one I can answer. When someone who knows nothing of Photoshop sees my work, I feel like a professional. But when I'm online asking questions or seeing what others are capable of, I feel like an amatuer. I guess it will always be that way. Maybe professional is being able to get pretty good results but always learning new things. An expert in this feild is probably someone who doesn't have a life.
DJ
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 08-26-2001, 08:23 PM
Ed_L's Avatar
Ed_L Ed_L is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
Tom,

Time to suck up! I would have to say you fit the definition of a true professional. That would be someone who posseses the necessary skills to do the digital work, plus the morals and sensitivity to give the client what he deserves for his money.

(Had to get off line for a few minutes, so there's another excuse for another edit.)

I also think a true professional is someone who stays on top of the changing technology and someone who takes the time to do their homework on the handling and identification of historic photographic items.

I don't think a professional in this business is really much different than a professional in any other business. It takes skill, hard work, and a certain frame of mind.

Ed

Last edited by Ed_L; 08-26-2001 at 08:46 PM.
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 08-26-2001, 08:37 PM
DJ Dubovsky's Avatar
DJ Dubovsky DJ Dubovsky is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
Posts: 1,659
There's an old saying:
True knowledge is not measured in what you know but in knowing where to find the answers to what you don't.
DJ
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 08-26-2001, 08:49 PM
Ed_L's Avatar
Ed_L Ed_L is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
Hey Debbie. I don't have much of a life. Does that make me a near professional? Or do you actually need the skills to go along with that?

Ed
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 08-26-2001, 09:54 PM
thomasgeorge's Avatar
thomasgeorge thomasgeorge is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 1,045
Thanks Ed, you are too kind!! Digital work like this is so new that no real definations have been carved out yet. To a degree that is what is being done by all the diverse and talented people at this site. I guess one thing I wonder is if the terms Amatuer and Hobbiest are NOT applicable to those who have taken the steps of aquiring expensive equipment, software, spent sufficent time learning how it all works to produce a final result which is pleasing to both themselves and their clients--whether the client is a paying one or not. Is "Professional" a term which only applies AFTER the particular field a person is plying their talents in gains wide public acceptance and recognition? Tom
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 08-26-2001, 09:56 PM
DJ Dubovsky's Avatar
DJ Dubovsky DJ Dubovsky is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
Posts: 1,659
You have a life Ed, you're an amatuer comedian and an all around funny guy.
DJ
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 08-26-2001, 11:47 PM
thomasgeorge's Avatar
thomasgeorge thomasgeorge is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 1,045
I second that!! Tom
Reply With Quote top
  #9  
Old 08-26-2001, 11:55 PM
thomasgeorge's Avatar
thomasgeorge thomasgeorge is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 1,045
When photography began in a serious way it was looked upon as belonging to the hobby realm. Were these early photographers simple that...or something else? Comments, people? Tom
Reply With Quote top
  #10  
Old 08-27-2001, 07:02 AM
Ed_L's Avatar
Ed_L Ed_L is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
That's another good question Tom. I guess if technology advanced far enough that you could actually smell the rose when you looked at a picture of it, there would be many people who would get into the hobby (?) simply because it was something that was very new - it was unthought of. But there would be others who would be so taken by it, they would take this technology to new heights. They would always be on the cutting edge. Maybe you could say these would be the ones to be classified as professionals? I think there will always be both pros and amateurs, and many times it's a very fine line that seperates them.

Fair warning folks -- when that technology comes along, I'm gonna lose my Avatar!

Ed
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Business > Work/Jobs


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help! I just got a job retouching professional photos HeyLittleLady Photo Retouching 3 08-09-2007 03:23 PM
El Tunafish - Professional Retouching Services giuliamonique Classifieds 2 06-08-2007 06:44 AM
Professional Retouching at Competitive Rates dougbkk Classifieds 0 09-12-2006 06:47 AM
please help me to write a professional response. Cyber Cat Work/Jobs 8 07-26-2005 07:20 PM
Professional Retoucher's Advice needed... matthiasab Work/Jobs 7 04-29-2005 01:57 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved