So you want to go pro? Here's some tips to get started.

You’re a good photographer, and now you're taking the plunge into going pro! Excellent! It's an exciting and creative career.

Here's the first steps I'd recommend that you take:

1.) Set up a great web site showcasing your work.

2. Get an Mpix account so you can get prints cheap-ish.

3. Matting: I don't care about trendy fads, do it museum style, passpartout, with white acid-free mats and neutral color frames.

4. Publicity: get the word out! Enter contests. Promote your web site. Send samples to publishers. Show your art at local exhibits, shows and art festivals.

5. Create a cult of personality. Make people they feel they know you and getting your art is the same as having you hang around, literally. Have a story for each photos. Articulate a philosophy of your art.

6. Careful with the digital processing! Don't overdo the unsharp mask or the sharpen photo, otherwise it blocks up contrast and makes grain stand out like you made the photo with Sharpie. (Some of your photos show this effect of overdoing the sharpen/enhance feature of your software.)

7. Yes, better camera, but don't let camera get in the way of great art. Some of the best photos I've ever seen were done with primitive cameras! A good camera is a convenience; it must blend seamlessly with your shooting style and artistic vision. I have 20+ cameras for a reason: each sees the subject differently and lets me take a different artistic approach to the subject. I can pick the camera that best sees as I want to interpret the scene.

8. Learn the fine points of pro photography: subtractive lighting, fill-in flash, anticipatory (hyperfocal) focus, and how different focal lengths change how the lens depicts perspective, form and sense of space.

Remember: light is the substance of your art; it gives form to the subject. The subject is merely the vehicle for the light to express itself as art. Study how light changes the subject, how it creates pattern and forms other than the overt subject. You do this instinctively already but now you need to become conscious of it and cultivate your eye.

9. HAVE FUN! If you don't have fun taking the photo, no one will have fun looking at the photo! I'm serious!

10. KEEP IT FUN! If you give too much attention to (and are too uptight will working on) being a success, that drive will crowd out your fun, stunt the spontaneity of your work, and kill your artistic vision -- leaving you as yet another "clichetographer" with their "art mills" churning out the same old stuff every other pro-wannabe cranks out. Good recipe for failure!