Professional cameraman or a camerawoman vs amateur
- 1 Professional cameraman or a camerawoman vs amateur
- 2 The difference between professional photographers and hobbyist
- 3 How to check the credibility of the photographers
- 4 A professional photographer is a person educated to use professional tools and gear to get the job done in a best possible way scientifically and with the artistic test.
Professional cameraman or a camerawoman vs amateur
A professional photographer is someone who’s job is photography and get paid to do the job, but amateur photographer or hobbyist is someone who is doing photography even without being paid to build their own portfolio or just for their deep passion about photography.
Photographer has usually been called a cameraman or a camerawoman and that means a person in charge as a professional operator of a film ( digital and film camera or DSLR ) or video camera.
Also in the film industry, the person who designed the lighting is the cinematographer or director of photography but informally has been called a “cameraman” although it is totally a different job.
Almost everybody they have a cell phone these days with a very good quality camera and some of those cameras is capable of shooting 4k or HD and slow-motion in very low lights in like 48 megapixels Sony CMOS Image Sensor for Smartphones also they have the option to adjust the shutter speed, ISO, white balance and some people are amazing using apps and new technology to take and create super high-quality photos and videos are they all professional camera operator? So what is the definition and meaning of a professional photographer?
The answer is not how creative they are but are they doing this as a profession with the knowledge and background of photography and science of it or not
The difference between professional photographers and hobbyist
Are they educated about photography and doing marketing and get paid for what they do or not, and do they have an organized system, office location, tools and gear and knowledge to do the job officially with making contract and taking responsibility to deliver the photo on time in the way that client accepting it with the best possible way to capture it or they are just hobbyist and amateur who don’t know what to do in difficult situation and may lose the moment for their lake of knowledge and experience.
How to check the credibility of the photographers
For example, if a professional photographer is invited to the event or wedding always will take back up camera, a camera with a zoom lens and wide angle to be ready for any moment without expending time to change the lenses and they always have the second cameraman even more with them, to not lose the moment of the event, and they are trusted bondable people by the reputation that’s why when they invited to historic moments of the signing peace agreements after war the organizer is not worried about them, and will not say sorry my camera didn’t work or bring some excuses, but amateur photographers or hobbyist they will not expend money for the advertisement to find clients, they don’t have agents, they may not show up at your events if you find them in social media like a craigslist, or such and they may never give you a photos as they may won’t be able to take the shots in the dark or fast moving environments and have no responsibility to be bonded.
This happens most of the time especially when you see they are just looking for nude models to collaborate in social media and have no photo of themselves on the profile and using a nickname, not their own real legal name and so on…Thatswhy you will need a reliable reference and legal contract when you need a photographer for some important job.
We may say for example Instagram marketer with thousands of followers are using these new techs and their creativity are much better than many people who they call themselves cameraman but the point is many of them are using the machine without knowledge of the lights, compositions, art and science of the photography and optic and when it comes to professionalism, there are many tools that you have to use to capture a specific moment and the smartphone camera is not capable of doing it especially when it comes to the zoom point and remote triggering their small sensor its not powerful to capture the moment, also fast control over the camera device function is something that is giving the advantage to photographer to select the mode in less time without taking time to search a functional option in the screen menu of the smartphone screen.
Fashion show photography and challenges
For example in the fashion show when models are on the catwalk and you are far away from the stage and want to shoot a specific person or design you will need a lens with nanotechnology and wide aperture to have a clear shot and focus fast on the subject, as you cant use speed lights or flash in many fashion show, you don’t have time to search the function in your phone screen as the model will not wait for you to get ready and shoot them, and digital zoom will not give you full frame sensor quality photo.
A professional photographer is a person educated to use professional tools and gear to get the job done in a best possible way scientifically and with the artistic test.
That is where the sensibility and creative vision of the cameraman or camerawoman ( Photographer) come to the fact and you will see a big difference in the result of the final image.
Taking this kind of photo from the F-18 diamondback blast breaking the sound barrier moment will require, a professional experienced photographer, with a camera that has fast shutter speed and bigger image sensor, also can be attached to the telephoto fast zoom lens plus knowing that scientifically this moment of breaking the sound barrier will appear.
Smartphone cameras may have some option for the normal daily life of non-professional shooting but when you call yourself a photographer or camera operator that makes money from this kind of work you have to know so many other things and that requires education, equipment from camera gears to editing software, connection, marketing agent etc…
Choosing camera gear it will be depend on the job and many camera operators rent them as some camera gear are very expensive and they lose the value fast with this day market and new technology, so is better to rent them unless you own big studio and can afford to buy them all, mainly big film studio they have their own equipment as using them also will need specialist, and some camera operators earn big bucks just to operate some special cameras.
Scientific photography like space photography and forensic are among the very highly classified top secrets job and need special training and educations and even they do capture the image. Scientific photographers use photo imaging techniques, such as infrared, ultraviolet or thermal imaging, to take pictures that illustrate or record scientific or medical data. Scientific photographers usually have background knowledge in biology, chemistry, engineering or medicine. They often work on scientific teams and are employed by government departments, universities or research facilities.
Space and astronomy photography
Professional photographer may use the remote control to shoot the subject and some remote triggers give them the capability to control from the far distance, like triggering the flashlights from another side of the soccer stadium to catch a sharp bright moment of the goal or when wild animal passing from their selected point or even in the deep space astronomy photography like James Webb Space Telescope which has almost all the latest technology of the optic science built in it.
We all owe these achievements to the evolutions of the camera and science behind the word of the photography and optical physics, and here is the latest development as ESOcast 173: First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole
Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field near the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way. This long-sought result represents the climax of a 26-year-long observation campaign using ESO’s telescopes in Chile. Credit: ESO