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Trainwreck
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Hi Ab,

There is a difference, as camerclicker has explained, in being a good photographer and being a good business person. There are mediocre photographers who do well running a successful business and conversely there are incredible shooters who, unlike a large pizza, cannot feed a family of four because they are unable/unwilling to run a successful business.

But since you seem to be asking about the actual photography aspect:

…at what point do people go for the big leap from being just a person with a camera who can take good photos, to a professional?

Consider this:

“An amatuer practices until they get it right … a professional practices until they never get it wrong”

It is my opinion that those who CAN take a nice shot but can’t repeat it consistently, in any imaginable circumstance, who doesn’t know their gear inside and out (and this includes lighting) and how to use it properly (meaning good technique as well and not shooting green box constantly), and who go out and buy a Rebel with a kit lens, aren’t ready to be professional photographers.