Pro Landscape Photographer Explains What It Takes to Become a Pro

What do you think it takes to become a pro landscape photographer? You might come up with a whole range of possible options, but according to this pro, you might be thinking about it all wrong. See what he says it takes.

Here we are. It's 2023, and I've already broken one resolution: less chocolate. I don't know why I bother with that one really, because it's the one thing I don't think I could ever successfully abandon. But I've stuck to other resolutions thus far, albeit we're only a couple of days into the new year. And the resolution I'm most serious about this year is: action over words. Or deeds over thoughts. Going out and getting stuff done rather than simply dreaming about it, talking about it, posting about it, or searching the internet about it. Just getting out there and doing it.

And that thought brings us to this great video by fototripper, in which he discusses what it takes to become a pro landscape photographer. I'm not sure what your definition of "pro" might be, but mine is that if you're pulling in your primary source of income from all your activities related to landscape photography, then you can consider yourself a pro. Using that criteria, I think we can call him a pro, and in this video, he discusses some of his most successful images over the last couple of years and what went into getting them. In short, you have to be prepared to get out there and shoot. Even if it means going to the same place again and again and again, you must put in the time. Of course, there are other factors that are important, but if you're not out there taking images, everything else is immaterial. What are your thoughts? 

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Iain Stanley is an Associate Professor teaching photography and composition in Japan. Fstoppers is where he writes about photography, but he's also a 5x Top Writer on Medium, where he writes about his expat (mis)adventures in Japan and other things not related to photography. To view his writing, click the link above.

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