Seriously Ask Yourself: Are You a Photographer, or a Photo Editor?

I’ve been quietly contemplating the idea of whether someone is a photographer or a photo editor; and at the same time whether or not they have the right to say that they’re a photographer or if they’re indeed a photo editor. Go ahead and say “Just shoot and do whatever” but I think that this is a major part of one’s photographic identity. If you screw a light bulb into a lamp, you’re not an electrician. If you clean your apartment, you’re not hired help. If you cook for 25 people for a special dinner you are neither a woman of the kitchen or a chef (and I’ve specifically heard this said before by both genders.) So if you focus on your Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One skills, are you really a photographer?


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