Many amateur photographers quickly lose interest in photography. They can struggle to get started or get easily frustrated. This is especially true for those who make the leap to DSLR s. Digital SLRs are very popular these days, but most people seem to be unaware of the effort it takes to master photography.
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Perhaps the most straightforward way of separating amateurs from professionals is looking in the dictionary. Still, by using dictionary definitions, we are left with the notion that if you are not pursuing photography for profit, then you are considered an amateur, and the reverse is true for professionals. Depending on where you live and conduct your photo shoots, there may be certain rules and regulations you need to abide by if you are a professional photographer. There are also state and federal business licenses that must be obtained, and depending on the type of photography you do, you may even need to collect sales tax from your clients. I recommend consulting with a local tax professional to make sure you are squared away.
Anyway, after wandering around and trying the zoom and snapping at anything that moved—mostly ducks! Why is that? Why do new photographers always take lots of photos of ducks?