The Professional Amateur is creating Photography Tutorials, Actions, Presets, Editing, Content
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For the longest time, I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work as a photographer, photo re-toucher and photo editor. I started the Professional Amateur blog as a means to get my gripes with the industry as a whole out, but also educate other people who are afraid to take the leap to Professional. While I've been paid for numerous photography jobs, I still feel like an amateur. And that is fine. Life isn't all glitz and glamour as a photographer, I just want to show you that you can have fun and still get paid for your work.  And even if you don't get paid, you can still create the best work you can with your skills.

Here is an excerpt from my About Section.

While I am technically a Professional Photographer, (I have been paid for multiple photography jobs more than once, over a period of time, see? Technically professional!) I look at myself as an Amateur still. That phrase is really hard to swallow, because we Amateur’s can put out some amazing work, it’s just no one has paid for it or most importantly, no one has seen it. The Amateur stigma is had to shake because we don’t seem to get noticed because we don’t know how to get our shots looking like how we want, to bring them all to that next level.

Some of the big time professional photographers out there, who make the big bucks, being creative and presenting showcases and showings of their work in museums and galleries are the envy of all of us out there.

They have expensive gear, tons of free time to scout locations and even rent spaces to do what they need to for those perfect shots or series of shots. We can do that caliber work too, even if you think it’s impossible to match the caliber or quality that some of the top photographers in the world can do without dropping tens of thousands of dollars on equipment.

But, if there is one thing I have learned over the past few years of taking photography seriously, beyond a once in a while hobby, is that you can be a Professional Amateur.

This is the whole reason I have started this blog.

I want a place where inexperienced people can come and learn about the equipment. I want a resource of people who can come together to learn how to create a shot in their favorite artist’s vein. I want a place where the Amateur’s can look at a situation with their duct taped together gear, MacGuyver’d Light rigs, and rickety tripods, and create professional quality photos that they and potential clients will be proud of.
While this will mostly cover photography, there will be other facets of life where being a Professional Amateur has paid off.

For now, enjoy the journey with me on becoming Professional Amateurs.
Tiers
Amateur Enthusiast
$1 or more per month

You like what I do and want to show it by giving something without over committing yourself! I totally understand and thank you for the support!

The Amateur Supporter
$5 or more per month

A lot can be said, but first and foremost, thank you. You dove a little deeper, and for this, you get a custom thank you that I have photoshopped together. It's kind of rad, kind of silly. But I made it just for you all.

The Junior Professional Amateur
$10 or more per month

You guys and gals, you get a monthly update from me with free tips, brushes, presets, and a pic of my Pug Philomena. Some say the presets are worth it. Some are just in it for the pug. 

The Professional Amateur Fanatic
$25 or more per month only 15 left

You get everything in the Junior Professional Amateur Tier, plus a monthly skype lesson. Where you can ask questions, request tutorials, have a one on one hands on learning experience. 

I'm the Professional Amateur Now
$100 or more per month only 5 left

You get everything from the tiers below. Plus, you get free copies of any e-books, advanced notice of any videos, and even have me on retainer for photo touchups/restoration. Not bad for $100 a month.

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I refuse to use ads on my blog, I don't want the information to be cluttered up. However, I will want to get to this goal so I can pursue a faster server dedicated to a wordpress blog instead of the basic service I'm using. I am still spending a good amount on hosting and such, but this is the upgrade tier, to bring you content faster and easier.  To have more involved mailing list information and bells and whistles. This will all be to get you a better experience.
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For the longest time, I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work as a photographer, photo re-toucher and photo editor. I started the Professional Amateur blog as a means to get my gripes with the industry as a whole out, but also educate other people who are afraid to take the leap to Professional. While I've been paid for numerous photography jobs, I still feel like an amateur. And that is fine. Life isn't all glitz and glamour as a photographer, I just want to show you that you can have fun and still get paid for your work.  And even if you don't get paid, you can still create the best work you can with your skills.

Here is an excerpt from my About Section.

While I am technically a Professional Photographer, (I have been paid for multiple photography jobs more than once, over a period of time, see? Technically professional!) I look at myself as an Amateur still. That phrase is really hard to swallow, because we Amateur’s can put out some amazing work, it’s just no one has paid for it or most importantly, no one has seen it. The Amateur stigma is had to shake because we don’t seem to get noticed because we don’t know how to get our shots looking like how we want, to bring them all to that next level.

Some of the big time professional photographers out there, who make the big bucks, being creative and presenting showcases and showings of their work in museums and galleries are the envy of all of us out there.

They have expensive gear, tons of free time to scout locations and even rent spaces to do what they need to for those perfect shots or series of shots. We can do that caliber work too, even if you think it’s impossible to match the caliber or quality that some of the top photographers in the world can do without dropping tens of thousands of dollars on equipment.

But, if there is one thing I have learned over the past few years of taking photography seriously, beyond a once in a while hobby, is that you can be a Professional Amateur.

This is the whole reason I have started this blog.

I want a place where inexperienced people can come and learn about the equipment. I want a resource of people who can come together to learn how to create a shot in their favorite artist’s vein. I want a place where the Amateur’s can look at a situation with their duct taped together gear, MacGuyver’d Light rigs, and rickety tripods, and create professional quality photos that they and potential clients will be proud of.
While this will mostly cover photography, there will be other facets of life where being a Professional Amateur has paid off.

For now, enjoy the journey with me on becoming Professional Amateurs.

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Tiers
Amateur Enthusiast
$1 or more per month

You like what I do and want to show it by giving something without over committing yourself! I totally understand and thank you for the support!

The Amateur Supporter
$5 or more per month

A lot can be said, but first and foremost, thank you. You dove a little deeper, and for this, you get a custom thank you that I have photoshopped together. It's kind of rad, kind of silly. But I made it just for you all.

The Junior Professional Amateur
$10 or more per month

You guys and gals, you get a monthly update from me with free tips, brushes, presets, and a pic of my Pug Philomena. Some say the presets are worth it. Some are just in it for the pug. 

The Professional Amateur Fanatic
$25 or more per month only 15 left

You get everything in the Junior Professional Amateur Tier, plus a monthly skype lesson. Where you can ask questions, request tutorials, have a one on one hands on learning experience. 

I'm the Professional Amateur Now
$100 or more per month only 5 left

You get everything from the tiers below. Plus, you get free copies of any e-books, advanced notice of any videos, and even have me on retainer for photo touchups/restoration. Not bad for $100 a month.