NOTE: I know nothing about photography. I am not hating on or calling anyone out. This is my thought process regarding photography and would love responses from those I know who love to be behind a camera.
It seems to me that being a photographer is pretty popular these days. Without even trying, I can rattle off the names of at least six professional photographers I know. If I tried harder, I imagine I could come up with at least six other names. These are people I know who actually have businesses from which they make money taking pictures of people. Then I know at least a dozen more people who I would call amateur photographers. They don’t have businesses, but they love taking pictures. They’re pictures look pretty cool to me, and people say they’re good. Remember, I don’t know anything about photography, so I’m not commenting on the skill level of any of these people amateur or professional.
So my question is this: What makes a photographer good? Can just about anyone take a great picture of a flower/beach/mountain? What is it that sets a photographer apart?
It seems that someone with pretty limited knowledge can take some pretty alright pictures with a plain old point-and-shoot and bombtastic pictures with expensive cameras and lenses and filters and other photographer stuff I don’t know anything about. I think there’s also something to do with a natural talent for framing a shot.
What do you think? Professional and amateur: What makes a photographer “good”? Good enough for people to pay them money? Is there a difference?