Many start-up photographers have an unrealistic vision of what success is for a professional.
This unrealistic vision is created, maintained, and promoted by professional organizations, photography vendors, and the ‘gurus’ of the photography industry who are all too happy to charge you $499, $999, or more to teach you how you can have a million dollar business just like theirs.
There is nothing the grognards enjoy more than telling aspiring photographers every way in which they’re not ‘real professionals.’
You don’t have enough megapixels.
You don’t have enough prime lenses.
You don’t have enough years as an unpaid apprentice.
You don’t derive 100-percent of your independent, full-time income from your photography.
And the vendors that serve the professional (and consumer, and prosumer) markets promote the same mentality – you never have enough pixels, dynamic range, ISO, frames per second, sharpness, clarity, power.
The gurus do it too – you never have enough talent, enough experience, enough resources, enough Photoshop actions, enough good ideas, enough professional training.
You are endlessly inadequate.
That’s the not-so-secret secret of most marketing: create a need, then fill it. Individuals and companies have been making fortunes this way since the dawn of commerce.
If you listen to the photography industry and those who make money from it, I can guarantee you will never be adequate. What you have will never be good enough. There will always be someone or something better that you have to have if you’re ever going to be successful.
What’s their definition of success?
Better, what’s yours?
And one better: what would your definition of success be if it weren’t influenced by all these voices telling you how inadequate you are?
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