from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who makes pictures by means of photography.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who practices, or is skilled in, photography.

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  • noun One who takes photographs, typically as an occupation.

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  • noun someone who takes photographs professionally


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photograph +‎ -er, from Ancient Greek φωτός, genitive singular of φῶς ("light") (fōs) and γράφω ("I write").


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  • Someone who's primary income in earned by taking photos. There are many different ways professional photographers can earn money through their images. Selling artistic prints, shooting specific places/items/people on assignment, licensing images to publishers, writing their own books, offering expedition and/or teaching photography to others, and often simply bartering with other businesses. The trick to being a professional photographer is 30% talent, 30% tenacity, and 40% luck! I cannot think of a more rewarding career though. Mind your paperwork, too :)

    July 7, 2009