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How did you start??

 
ubhystry
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Jan 18, 2009 16:40 |  #1

I'd like to hear from everyone here who has the passion to adjust focus and click the shutter. How did you get started in this hobby?? I say hobby because those of you who feed you or your family most likely had no idea this would become your craft. Secondly how did/are you refining your skills?? are you self taught through trial and error or have you taken courses either on-line or classes to improve your skills?? Myself I've gathered most of my limited knowledge through trial and error and many great books and this community has also helped me greatly... Come on people let me hear from you...


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Jan 18, 2009 17:28 |  #2

I was originally looking for a used dslr to use with my telescope. Then I realized/remembered that for the longest time my hunting interests have been turning more towards the thought, as I'm standing waste deep in a beaver pond waiting for the duck to start coming in and legal shooting light, "this would make an awesome picture." One thing led to another and after selling a few of my guns, and my telescope to finance my 40D and two "L's" I'm pursuing a long neglected interest in wildlife, nature, landscape photography. I guess now I'm just hunting with a different "weapon";)


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Jan 18, 2009 17:46 as a reply to  @ jsinon's post |  #3

Let's see: I took an intro film photography class in the summer...I liked it. I took a photog class in school the next year...I liked it more. I became the photographer for my middle school newspaper...I liked it more. I got a Digital Rebel XT with my Bar Mitzvah money...I liked it more. I can keep going if you want. ;)




  
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Jan 18, 2009 17:49 as a reply to  @ Nistelrooydude's post |  #4
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I took a photo class my senior year in high school because it was an easy A

My partner in the lab was a cheerleader named Courtney. She used to rub her boobs up against me while we were making prints. I think that's probably when I first started taking a serious interest in photography.




  
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ubhystry
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Jan 18, 2009 18:16 as a reply to  @ Gentleman Villain's post |  #5

Or Courtney!! did you marry the young lady???


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Jan 18, 2009 18:52 as a reply to  @ ubhystry's post |  #6

My first real exposure to photography was back in 1975. I was working for the Sheriff's Office and was assigned to go to Evidence Technician School. We received a course in photography and were issued our cameras to take crime scene photos. The cameras that we were given were old Graflex Cameras. They were totally manual. We had to make every setting and adjustment, and they used flash bulbs. Through the years I have had many interests and hobbies, but none have kept my interest, or given me as much pleasure as photography.


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Jan 18, 2009 19:56 |  #7

I've been teaching Photoshop since '97...'98? I became the yearbook advisor for my school about five years ago. I went from a Powershot G5, to the original Digital Rebel, then a 20D. This was during the first year. I was doing photo restoration on the side for a photographer with a framing studio. He downsized his studio and I was able to pick up some of his older (but still in good shape) equipment...a tripod for a medium format camera, three bogen monolights, a portable backdrop system, etc.

I've set up a website and I actually sell a photo or two, now and then. I'm going to shoot a big-time wedding in Charleston in September and I'm saving for a used 1D Mark II N.

Life is good.


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Jan 18, 2009 20:23 |  #8

jsinon wrote in post #7105132 (external link)
I was originally looking for a used dslr to use with my telescope. Then I realized/remembered that for the longest time my hunting interests have been turning more towards the thought, as I'm standing waste deep in a beaver pond waiting for the duck to start coming in and legal shooting light, "this would make an awesome picture." One thing led to another and after selling a few of my guns, and my telescope to finance my 40D and two "L's" I'm pursuing a long neglected interest in wildlife, nature, landscape photography. I guess now I'm just hunting with a different "weapon";)


I am very new to the DSLR game but jsinons reasons are close to mine. There are so many things you get to see in nature that you just stand there and go, gosh, wish i had a camera. Point and shoots work but getting great images of sunrises, the guys around you and, of the animals I pursue were sometimes not possible. So here I am reading every day, picking things up and taking a ton of pictures in the process!


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Jan 18, 2009 20:28 |  #9

Got given a Konica range finder camera as a hand me down when I was 12. That was 24 years ago, been taking photos ever since. It's not my profession, but I do get regularly paid for it too.


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Jan 18, 2009 20:48 |  #10

How did you start??

That would make a great title for a thread, wouldn't it?
"How did you get started" "...for professionals and aspiring pros alike."

How do I get started?- Nature shots

What has the evolution of your photography cycle been like?

Advertising - how to Start

See the .pdf link: Some Ideas for Creating Work and Getting Clients for Your New Photography Business

How did you become a pro (or semi-pro)?

So you want to be a photographer?


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Jan 18, 2009 21:45 |  #11

I took a class back in college, and really enjoyed it. At that time I had an albinar, which was relabelled pentax k-mount. I had a good time, but when I lost access to the darkroom after the class was over my interest waned. It just wasn't the same just sending out film and waiting weeks to get back 4x6's. About 4 years ago I got an original digital rebel, and loved being able to get the immediate feedback as well as the ability to actually process my shots again. I also happened to be friends with someone whose husband is a wedding photographer, and latched on to an apprenticeship 2 years ago. I do maybe 12 to 15 weddings a year now, and make enough to fund my gear. It's been great, and I've learned a lot from him - but probably just as much on my own by reading and experimenting.


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Jan 19, 2009 06:30 |  #12

In the past I had a mild interest in 35mm SLRs (fully manual) but film never caught on to me as a full time hobby..

A couple years ago I bought a Sony cybershot H5 superzoom (external link) and got the telephoto and closeup attachments. This is when I started learning about the fundamentals of photography until I realized the camera had it's limits. A year later I traded it in and got my Rebel XTi.


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Jan 19, 2009 09:53 |  #13

I got started because I had an interest in photography and was amazed by some of the photos I had seen and wanted to be able to create art on my own. I also got into it because I wanted a challenging hobby that would get me out of rut and challenge me creatively.

I started with a Canon A80 after upgrading form a PoS kodak P&S. From there about 3 1/2 years ago I got my Rebel XT and loved it. Still using it today and looking back its amazing how much I have grown as a photographer, but I still feel I have so much to learn.

I have attended a few photography classes, the rest has been through reading online, and a lot of trial and error.

I certainly think photography is one of those hobbies where there is always something new to learn, or something new to try. I dont see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.


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Jan 19, 2009 10:38 |  #14

I had an Olympus Trip when I was a kid. Did some photos with it then never really bothered. Computers took over my life then in May 2008 I got my Powershot A590IS and really wanted to get into this photography lark.

Thoroughly enjoyed my time ever since and found I have so much to learn. Roll forward to End of September 2008 and I had done a load of overtime at work so I decided to get my 50D, lenses, tripd etc..

Still cannot take a half decent photo :D


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Jan 19, 2009 12:19 |  #15

Photography runs in the family (well males at least). I fell in love with photography sophomore year of high school when I "had" to join yearbook as an elective. Uncle gave his AE-1 for me to use and just loved it every since. After high school I kind of lost the passion because of something that happened in yearbook but got it back about 2 years ago. And it's here to stay this time




  
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