In another thread, I quoted the following, not knowing the source:
Amateurs worry about gear.
Pros worry about money.
Artists worry about light.
And VTC2002 was kind enough to provide the real quote:
“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just make pictures… ” by Vernon Trent
And he also reminded me of a Rockwell quote that I have often thought had alot of wisdom:https://kenrockwell.com/tech/7.htm
So I will start. I like the quote that I provided because I can include myself as an "artist". Note that this does not mean that I am good. It is just that the purpose of my hobby is to create art, as follows:https://www.flickr.com/people/westendfoto/
However, Vernon Trent's quote restricts me as I cannot call myself a master. Finally, I worry about light, equipment and money in that order. So I cannot call myself an amateur using this criteria, because gear is a VERY distant second to light.
However, under Rockwell's classification, I would consider myself an amateur. Not a rich amateur, I don't shot Leica. And if I was in that category, I would be shooting Phase One today, not waiting to see how medium format shakes out before I buy that.
So how about it. Let's hear some comments and perspectives on this topic.