I was telling in other thread that my friend's photography inspired my a lot and pushed me in this field to make my mind busy in free time.
I have also done some painting work, but won't upload it here unless and until I check it with my friend who is quite expert at it. Lets see what he has to say about it. I'm hoping for positive comments from him
Not bad. I like the star lamp thingy. Although you could have boost up contrast a little on it. Maaaaaaassive number of tutorials are on the internet. But first you have to get to know your camera and how it works. After that try Digital Photography School site and forums: [link] , [link] .
I don't think that's what defines a photographer. I know a few that are very good but will probably not be able to make money off it. As the time of film cameras waned and digital cameras exploded, photography became more accessible to people, and the art became more of a commodity (at least in people's perceptions). You can no longer just be good, you have to be amazing (and lucky) to make it in the industry. A photographer is an artist, not an entrepreneur - though it is possible for the two to become one. I consider myself an OK photographer, at least in my subject area - and have not made a cent off the photos in the 15 years I've been doing it as a hobby. It allows me freedom to explore the art without pressure of commissions and deliverable.
Previous poster was right - technically anyone with a camera is a photographer. A good photographer, however, is an artist, not a technician.