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Joined: 2/12/2008
Msg: 29
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I've been taking photos for years, but had always been more into graphics than photography. Then I bought the Cannon S3, a low-end DSLR. Wow! I loved the freedom from film, & the quality was outstanding. Now I have both the Rebel XT & XTI. I shoot pretty much everything...weddings, portraits, landscapes, even E-Bay items. I have a green-screen setup, as well.
Joined: 2/25/2008
Msg: 30
Posted: 3/30/2008 3:03:46 PM
Up until the invention of affordable, photo-quality digital cameras and printers, I primarily used my photograps in the Printmaking world, Photo-silkscreens, Photo-lithograhy, Photo-intaglio.
Also did some work with Non-silver photography, cyanotypes and gum bichromate prints. If you've never tried these I urge you to give it a go. What's not to like about a print you develop in water?

The Digital realm rocked my world. Each year I would buy a larger and more advanced camera. I wrote up a course at the college I was teaching at, and eventually built it into a state of the art MAC lab with 60 students per year. It's a great course for non-art majors, because they have so many tools to tweak and improve their technical work. And being able to take limitless frames gives them a much better chance of arriving at something intriguing.
 Autumn Marie
Joined: 7/11/2007
Msg: 31
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Posted: 3/31/2008 12:08:24 PM
kornbluth: Well sh*t. Cut myself off. Digital is easy until you post a pic on the 'Net and it's turned into a pud-pie, or see it on another monitor as a pixellated mess. Bitmaps get compressed, sharpened, expanded and otherwise distorted once they're out of your hands. So there's a lot to learn about prepping individual pix for specific venues.

* * *
Thank you so much for commenting, and pointing that out.
I refrained from my own, which was a good thing on my part, since I was slightly offended by "The "problem" with digital photo art is that it is just too easy -- " statement.
 Leib ben Yitshak
Joined: 3/26/2008
Msg: 32
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Posted: 4/3/2008 8:23:41 PM
When my slides started fading and getting mold I scanned them into my computer. Being somewhat of a programmer, I created annotations for the important ones - those of the wife, children and the rest of the family and friends.
Hopefully, my children will look at them when they are my age and say that dad was really smart to do all this.
Joined: 12/14/2007
Msg: 33
Posted: 6/2/2008 9:48:59 PM
I think I'm in love with this thread. I have got so much good advice just from reading.

I'm a newbie at the photography thing, but I seem to have an eye for it. I just use a little Canon Powershot, but it has taken some wonderful photos.

With the photographs I have taken, an old high school chum saw them and decided she had to have me do her wedding.

Butterflies. I am not a professional. :P

Eventually I hope to get a DSLR and learn everything about the lenses and processing.
 that sam i am
Joined: 10/27/2006
Msg: 34
Posted: 6/3/2008 1:56:43 AM

Eventually I hope to get a DSLR and learn everything about the lenses and processing.

If you get a dSLR, you'll never learn a thing about processing *LOL*
Joined: 12/11/2005
Msg: 36
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Posted: 6/3/2008 6:48:15 PM
I am a lover of photography also, photoshop has changed everything though..
feel free to check out my stuff and leave comments
Joined: 2/20/2008
Msg: 37
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Posted: 6/4/2008 8:13:00 AM
My late husband taught photography at the college level for 34 years, founded the program at the school he taught at. He was a social documentary, darkroom photographer specializing in urban subcultures. I've great respect for photographers who step outside their kids, pets, etc for subject matter and create something that will be of historical value in 150 years.

I carry an olympus digital and make pictures for personal pleasure. I just don't have the eye for excellence in telling the story in one frame that some do.
Joined: 12/14/2007
Msg: 38
Posted: 6/7/2008 10:25:50 PM
Of COURSE I would.

Post processing. :-P
 elisa in the city
Joined: 7/4/2008
Msg: 39
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Posted: 7/18/2008 3:46:28 PM
I am...I have become obsessed by it in recent years, even moreso in the last year, as I finally conquered an old manual film SLR, and now a dSLR...which I have already shot about 15k frames, eeks!

On website I made(which is really only a home page with links to my flickr, and an about me section) I talk about what I like to shoot...and what it boils down to, is that I am looking for that something that grabs me...I love shooting people that are performing...concerts, parades, etc...there is passion there that grabs you.

That is the key I think in photography, even just as a find out what speaks to you...the composition of subjects that pull you, then becomes more interesting...

That and I have a excessive clicker finger......
Joined: 3/21/2007
Msg: 40
Posted: 7/21/2008 10:02:44 AM
Hi OP,

Yes, photography has always been an interest of mine, however I have never turned it into a professional venture. I've most recently been working with scenery shots and spent time in Florida this year attempting to capture beach picutes that are outside the "normal". Just working with different lighting and different angles.

What are some of the examples of boundaries that you've worked on pushing?
Joined: 7/11/2008
Msg: 41
Posted: 7/24/2008 4:37:16 PM
I'm going for my MFA in photography and writing. I love using my macro lens and looking for design, detail, color, patterns etc. I'd like to go pro one day but dislike portrait photography so I don't know. Guess I'll just have to settle on being an artist!
Joined: 7/23/2008
Msg: 42
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Posted: 8/9/2008 9:14:20 PM
I'm an amateur at it. My main interest in photography is scenery and animals. I purchased a DSLR (Canon Rebel XSi) back a while ago and I'm still learning how to use it. It's a change from my old point and shoot camera. What I really like about DSLR's is that you can change lenses to suit your needs. Until I really learn how to work that camera, I won't splurge on some nice L lenses (but I would really like to! ). I also like the flexibility of setting shutter speed / aperture and of course, the "bulb" setting for nice nighttime shots of stars, lightning, and whatnot.
Have any of you experimented with HDR (High Dynamic Range) images?
 elisa in the city
Joined: 7/4/2008
Msg: 43
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Posted: 8/18/2008 3:37:17 PM
I have not done HDR...I think there are software programs that can help you along with it...that and a tripod, so you can take a series of same compositional photos at a rapid(or not) series of settings...

On learning...I have only had my XTi since January, but have found that practice is my best teacher. I have recently signed up to volunteer shoot several events, and that has taught me a lot, and also basically been a motivator with the assignment(s) aspect.

I am not one that likes classes/school, but if it's a committment like a job/volunteer work, I do it!

That said, I might look into some formal training in the future, but for now, feel like practical shooting is pushing me down the learning path pretty well.
 Vintage Princess
Joined: 8/26/2007
Msg: 44
Posted: 8/18/2008 9:40:55 PM
I love cameras.
The idea that a moment can be captured is such a crazy thought to me, what a perfect invention. A lot of time i'll take a picture as refrence for a sketch, a painting or a poem for later....its a great tool.
Joined: 5/14/2005
Msg: 45
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Posted: 8/20/2008 8:51:07 AM
I've been interested in photography since junior high school where I learned to develop black and white (35 years ago or so). Since then I've shot 35mm, medium to large format Polaroid (though the film will soon be unavailable), digital and large format film. I do large format film (4x5) with a Speed Graphic that has some family history and a Graphic View camera. I've shot weddings that I got paid for and weddings that I didn't get paid for. I mostly like shooting landscapes, still lifes, nature and am interested in doing female figure studies but lack the modeling talent and an understanding GF. I don't see the commercial value of my work as I'm not a great salesman. I've always got a camera handy but the thought of freelance makes me think of all of the newspapers locally that print "Submitted" instead of giving you a byline if you're not on their staff. So I shoot what interests me and maybe when I'm dead it'll be worth something to who winds up with it.
Joined: 4/22/2008
Msg: 46
Posted: 8/21/2008 11:10:07 AM
I have just started to take photos. And the thing that got me started was digital, yes it might look easy to somepeople but it still your eye, lighting the shot and what turns you on. And for me I tend to take a lot of shots of the same thing some black and white, angles you name it, and I could never pay for all of the shots that just don't come out.
Joined: 9/2/2008
Msg: 47
Posted: 11/24/2008 9:59:45 AM
Photography for me is more then just point and click....Its the one job that i can honestly say i enjoy doing....(Ok there was that time with the teenager and the pet rat). I seen a comment that Said "what make a Pro Photographer?" What makes a pro photographer is sooooo much more then point and shoot. It takes time, skill and know how in order to get your point across. From Iso to lighting being able to control the outcome is professional....Ok im done

::Sits Back in the Corner::
Joined: 11/21/2008
Msg: 48
Posted: 11/25/2008 6:15:43 PM
i also just got into photography. if you're looking into this as more than just a hobby, i would suggest that you get a better camera. but u should definitely get a DSlR camera. the canon XSI is a good camera to start off with. its not TOO expensive (depending on ur budget) and its very good for the price.
Joined: 10/18/2008
Msg: 49
Posted: 11/28/2008 5:49:55 AM
While I love the digital camera, find I do miss the process of putting my hands in and out of the water waiting for an image to appear before my eyes. Actually shot some 35 mm black and whites a week or two ago of my grandsons and plan on pulling the trays out SOON! Don't have an actual darkroom, so one of the bathrooms serves the purpose - ha! Something else I think I have missed since using the digital camera is believe it or not the viewfinder. LOL The digital camera lets you hold it away from you and view through a screen - I'm finding my "eye" for a good shot is different. I used to see things in "frames" even when I didn't have a camera in my hands. Not so sure I do that so much anymore. Hmm. I think actually that made me a better person at the time, sometimes seeing things that others perhaps didn't see. Hmmm.
Joined: 10/18/2008
Msg: 51
Posted: 11/28/2008 11:23:31 PM
While going to college at the age of 32, I worked part time at a newspaper office, developing the pictures for the weekly paper for the owner. Some of the pictures I developed, I took while attending my own kids events, many times sporting events. I can remember how hard that was sometimes - motion - blur - groups, etc. I did look at your profile and love the picture with the ball in the air - what perfect timing! Or was that altered my the computer? That's perhaps is one thing I'm not so sure about - how much altering SHOULD be done with the computer. I understand the "art" involved with manipulating the photo with the computer, but the "art" of actually getting a great shot seems better.
Joined: 9/17/2006
Msg: 52
Posted: 11/30/2008 12:34:42 AM
I love photography too. I'm better than I used to be and my current rig is a nikon D80. I love just playing around and taking photos. I really caught the bug when I went over to Europe on a bus tour for a week and a half. I took a couple medium format holgas, a massive amount of 120 film and a digital HP photosmart. The funny thing was I got the most pleasure out of the little consumer hp photosmart because it oversaturated neon and colors at night. I put it on a tripod and took some really sweet shots.

One thing I love about DSLR's are the sweet rechargeable batteries.

Film still holds a certain appeal to me but the flexibility you get from digital and its immediacy is what won me over.
Joined: 9/11/2008
Msg: 53
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Posted: 12/1/2008 12:49:39 PM
~Raises hand~ YO!

I've been doing mostly nature shots for a while now. Everyone loves them when I show them off. But, I'm attempting to branch out into portrait. However, I'm having issues with setting up (cheesy) lighting. Need to experiment and all.

Doing mostly digital right now.
Joined: 10/14/2007
Msg: 54
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Posted: 12/3/2008 2:07:41 PM
Basically, I think when it comes to photography, you need to look at the equpitment you are working with at the time, and if you want to push the bar, be ready to drop a lot of money on a good SLR, digital or film.

To make a good portfolio, look into creating your own creative website, someone that when a word is put into google it will pop up right away. Also, use different muses. People like looking at beautiful people. People like looking at landscape and things that create a shock.

Never limit yourself artistically. And keep snapping photos.

Also, if you havent yet, see if there is a month long or a small program you can take on photography, and make sure you take in what you are learning.
You can also find out helpful tips online, like how to avoid mergers.. etc. Basic stuff.

Again, I dont know what level of photograher you are.

But best of luck :)
Joined: 4/30/2006
Msg: 55
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Posted: 2/8/2009 12:30:02 PM
Yes, good SLRs aren't cheap.....most camera bodies alone are either at or about $500, and then you have to get the lens, diffusers, flash, etc......which can easily run you in into the high hundreds. But once you get all your equipment, if you have the best you don't even necessarily have to be the best photographer to get a following and lucrative income. I have friends who are photographer like myself who never received a formal photography education and just picked up a very good camera one day and proceeded to shoot themselves into the limelight. I think it's best not to get "educated" about photography. This way, you can develop your own style, be more liberal artistically, and can play around and decide what you do and don't like for yourself.

When you first start out, go with the unique. No posed pictures, get a journalistic style....those photos will get the most attention because they are the hardest to accomplish. Almost anyone with enough time can make a model airbrushed to perfection, and anything can look good if you pose it enough. If you get the nitty-gritty, spur-of -the-moment, truly humanistic shots, then THOSE are the ones that will get the most attention. Then, you can be freer to explore.
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