For those of you who are really interested in transitioning from an amateur/hobbyist photographer to a professional one, I suggest joining a local Photography club.
You will have to pay some money but the rewards are amazing.
- You get to hang out with some very experienced photographers who are actually interested in discussing photography with you and sharing their experiences.
- They have some planned projects that you can participate in. And they help you pick out the best of your photos and allow you to exhibit your work with them.
- They tell you about the latest call for entries and give you tips about shooting. They suggest the venues. And they organize shows.
- They open doors for you. For example, I am now part of this project called "New Beginnings" at Concordia University. CU recently moved to a new location. They want a show about the new building etc and I will be one of the photographers shooting. Yeah! I would never ever had this opportunity had I not joined the group.
Now I am off to find out what exactly Documentary Photography is. And what exactly is my genre? What kinds of photos do I take? I need answers for that. Can someone help? What kind of photographer am I?
For some reason I don't think telling them that I just point and shoot will be acceptable.