Here are twelve ways of telling.
- you’ve created thousands of images, but you don’t appear in any of them
- your camera is worth more than your car
- you’re the official photographer at your daughter’s wedding
- when travelling, you take one change of clothes, but 5 lenses, 2 camera bodies, a flash, a tripod and 3 different filters
- people look at you as though you’re crazy because you use flash in bright sunlight
- you get left behind on family strolls
- your partner doesn’t call the police when you say you’re going to shoot the kids
- you’re the only one in a group not photographing a magnificent landscape because the light is lousy … but you’re back at the same spot, 4:30 the next morning
- you accept that dust – like death and taxes – is inevitable
- you switch off autofocus
- you’ve taken a photograph with a shutter speed of 30 seconds (No. Not 1/30th sec. Thirty. Half a minute. A long time)
… then, congratulations (or comiserations) you can call yourself a real photographer.