10 Ways You Know You’re a Professional Photographer

By Sarah Petty

Do you white balance your iPhone pictures? Do you know every cool alley in town? If you answered yes, chances are you’re a photographer.

You know you’re a professional photographer if…

1. You’ve nearly been hit by a car while running out into the street to get “the shot.”
You know you're a photographer if you've nearly been hit by a car while running out into the street to get “the shot.”

2. You assume people have gorgeous landscaping for you to stop by for a session.

You know you're a photographer if you assume people have gorgeous landscaping for you to stop by for a session.

3. You are always looking for the shot that can become the wall portrait.

You know you're a photographer if you are always looking for the shot that can become the wall portrait.

4. You use Photoshop as a verb.

You know you're a photographer if you use Photoshop as a verb.

5. You’ve been in a Canon vs. Nikon war with a friend.

You know you're a photographer if you’ve been in a Canon vs. Nikon war with a friend.

6. You won’t take a snapshot if there isn’t enough light. Better no pic than bad pic.

You know you're a photographer if you won’t take a snapshot if there isn’t enough light. Better no pic than bad pic.

7. Your grandma’s friend’s neighbor asks you for advice on purchasing a camera with enough megapixels.

You know you're a photographer if your grandma’s friend’s neighbor asks you for advice on purchasing a camera with enough megapixels.

8. You have no idea how people can work in an office all day. You’re used to an afternoon shooting at the lake or on a rooftop.

You know you're a photographer if you have no idea how people can work in an office all day. You’re used to an afternoon shooting at the lake or on a rooftop.

9. You see a colorful dumpster or stack of cardboard while out with friends and exclaim how you’re definitely coming back to shoot there tomorrow.

You know you're a photographer if you see a colorful dumpster or stack of cardboard while out with friends and exclaim how you’re definitely coming back to shoot there tomorrow.

10. You recognize faces in town because you’ve Photoshopped them.

You know you're a photographer if you recognize faces in town because you’ve Photoshopped them.

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