The Definitive Step by Step Guide on How to Be a Photographer (A Real Photographer)

Every photographer needs to start somewhere. And one of the biggest things that people don’t understand is the answer to the question “What makes someone a photographer?” Technically, everyone is a photographer these days. But not everyone is a professional photographer. So with that in mind, consider that a professional photographer is one that makes at least 50% of their taxable income as a photographer and from selling images or selling their photographic services.

Now here’s how you do that.

Buy a Camera and a Lens. The Most Expensive Ones You Can

Buy a Photo Vest


Buy More Gear

Use Gear

Read Ken Rockwell

Go Buy a Leica

Go Demoralize Other Photographers on Reddit and Petapixel in the Comments

Post Nudes on 500px (In Wide Color Gamuts)

Go Complain on DPReview

Give Up on Leica, Canon and Nikon; Then Go Buy a Fuji or a Sony

Read DXOMark and Realize Your Camera is Crap

Buy Pentax

Do Craigslist Gigs With Gear

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.