Going amateur is better for your creativity than going pro. However, those photographers who have been pros for a while tend to embrace the philosophy of using smaller, simpler cameras (even camera phones) much quicker than amateurs. How can this be?
It’s true. It doesn’t seem to make sense, but in the hundreds of emails I’ve received in the past few weeks, most of the support for lesser photography has come from pros. The skeptics are always amateurs.
It’s very common for a pro to say, “I’ve already scaled down and started experimenting.” It’s equally common to hear an amateur say, “I’m still buying that new DSLR, but I will really think about these principles in the future.”
It only makes sense when you consider what a cutthroat business professional photography has become. Only pros who recognize the value of creativity to differentiate their work are likely to thrive. Those who take the risk, reap the reward.