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Feb 26, 2012 13:12 |  #361

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I think part of it for some of us is a kind of awe. At least in my case. There was some money we could spend and I begged for "my half" to go to photography gear. I have more than six months of my regular income invested in camera equipment right now with hopes of starting to sell some of the images here and there to afford to buy more camera equipment going forward. Earlier in the thread I was kind of pounded on because I haven't taken enough of the "right" pictures with my camera since I got it (I'm chronically ill and have been in a really bad patch) and assured I could have used much less equipment.

I didn't really know how to respond, because, well, yes, if I were taking pictures with no intention of doing anything with them but just looking at them on a computer and sharing them on Flickr, I am wayyyy over-equipped (even most of the artists who have painted some of my earlier pictures don't need them to be incredibly large). However, to be able to sell them to microstock agencies I needed a lot more resolution and sharper lenses, so I got them.

Now I'm just struggling with frustration about being so sick that I'm not getting shoots scheduled to create images to sell and wondering if I should give up, sell everything and get it over with. :(

If you enjoy the hobby... I wouldn't worry about it. I feel that way sometimes with mine since I don't do any paid work and I just take pictures for fun.


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Feb 26, 2012 17:32 |  #362

wuzzittoya wrote in post #13969086 (external link)
I Earlier in the thread I was kind of pounded on because I haven't taken enough of the "right" pictures with my camera since I got it


mafoo wrote in post #13969133 (external link)
Hey, you don't have to justify your purchases to anyone.

Winwin wrote in post #13970102 (external link)
If you enjoy the hobby... I wouldn't worry about it. I feel that way sometimes with mine since I don't do any paid work and I just take pictures for fun.


I agree. I've copped a few poundings here over the years for the amount of gear I have for just being a mere "amateur" by some cranky posters saying that they would give a part of their left anatomy to own what I own.

What can I say? I've worked my butt off for 35+ years to be in the position that I'm in now to finally be able to treat myself to some good gear....I sure don't feel the need to have to justify it to anyone.


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Feb 26, 2012 21:29 |  #363

My truck was swarmed by bees today and I began searching for which macro lens I will be buying. Explained it to hubby when he asked what I was doing (had like five tabs open, mostly frowning because I knew what I wanted and was looking for cheaper). So I explained I wanted a macro lens before trees and flowers were going too much and was looking to see what I could afford. He asked how much they were. I listed Canon options first, mentioning the IS one, though just to differentiate why there are two 100mm... he absolutely loves IS, so he immediately said, "You'll have to save up to get that one; I'll help you with what I can."

He also is giving me our change jar (we usually have at least $400 in it by the time it's full again) on top of helping me.

Wow. I am one lucky woman. I already have at least two hundred towards it and will be close to $350 by the second week of March, not including the change jar! :-D


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Feb 26, 2012 21:34 as a reply to  @ wuzzittoya's post |  #364

I dont feel so bad after reading some of these posts.
i have about $2700 into my stuff.
not bad for what I get.



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Feb 26, 2012 22:00 |  #365

fotoworx wrote in post #13971350 (external link)
I agree. I've copped a few poundings here over the years for the amount of gear I have for just being a mere "amateur" by some cranky posters saying that they would give a part of their left anatomy to own what I own.

What can I say? I've worked my butt off for 35+ years to be in the position that I'm in now to finally be able to treat myself to some good gear....I sure don't feel the need to have to justify it to anyone.

I've been there, done that, got the t-shirt... People saying that I am not good enough for "pro" equipment. Well, I'm 46 years old, been through a lot of drama in my life, so the last thing I need is someone telling me I shouldn't have what I have. I am actually working part-time for 2 companies that shoot running races now, and I've had some other opportunities to get my face out there to maybe land more work.

But the biggest reason why I have what I have is.... Because I can, and I think I deserve it!


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Feb 26, 2012 22:59 |  #366

fotoworx wrote in post #13971350 (external link)
I agree. I've copped a few poundings here over the years for the amount of gear I have for just being a mere "amateur" by some cranky posters saying that they would give a part of their left anatomy to own what I own.

What can I say? I've worked my butt off for 35+ years to be in the position that I'm in now to finally be able to treat myself to some good gear....I sure don't feel the need to have to justify it to anyone.

I have no problem with that but, the people that collect gear do just that. Collect!! :lol: There are people that buy gear and just list it in the sig but, never post a photo that's worth a damn. :rolleyes:;)




  
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Feb 27, 2012 03:43 |  #367

fotoworx wrote in post #13971350 (external link)
What can I say? I've worked my butt off for 35+ years to be in the position that I'm in now to finally be able to treat myself to some good gear....I sure don't feel the need to have to justify it to anyone.

kenjancef wrote in post #13973097 (external link)
I'm 46 years old, been through a lot of drama in my life, so the last thing I need is someone telling me I shouldn't have what I have.

I love your ideas folks, it's much better to start the week with this.


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Feb 27, 2012 09:33 |  #368

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I have no problem with that but, the people that collect gear do just that. Collect!! :lol: There are people that buy gear and just list it in the sig but, never post a photo that's worth a damn. :rolleyes:;)


That's none of your business (or mine). If they can afford it, great. I have a friend who's a surgeon, driving a stick shift Porche 911 which he drives like it's his grandma's Grand Marquis (and in 2 years he hasn't really figured stick yet). Guess what - his money, his car, he worked hard to get there, he deserves his toys. I do like having a chance to drive it every now and then, though, so my opinion may be bought ;)


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Feb 27, 2012 11:38 |  #369

jdizzle wrote in post #13973494 (external link)
I have no problem with that but, the people that collect gear do just that. Collect!! :lol: There are people that buy gear and just list it in the sig but, never post a photo that's worth a damn. :rolleyes:;)

My grandmother, who passed away in 1964, liked my photos, so they were worth something. Good enough for me. I do not have to post anything to get your approvals.


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Feb 27, 2012 12:27 |  #370

Amamba wrote in post #13975648 (external link)
That's none of your business (or mine). If they can afford it, great. I have a friend who's a surgeon, driving a stick shift Porche 911 which he drives like it's his grandma's Grand Marquis (and in 2 years he hasn't really figured stick yet). Guess what - his money, his car, he worked hard to get there, he deserves his toys. I do like having a chance to drive it every now and then, though, so my opinion may be bought ;)

Lbsimon wrote in post #13976361 (external link)
My grandmother, who passed away in 1964, liked my photos, so they were worth something. Good enough for me. I do not have to post anything to get your approvals.

^^I just said that I have no problem with that. I'm just saying. :rolleyes::lol::p




  
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Feb 27, 2012 12:32 |  #371

Amamba wrote in post #13975648 (external link)
That's none of your business (or mine). If they can afford it, great. I have a friend who's a surgeon, driving a stick shift Porche 911 which he drives like it's his grandma's Grand Marquis (and in 2 years he hasn't really figured stick yet). Guess what - his money, his car, he worked hard to get there, he deserves his toys. I do like having a chance to drive it every now and then, though, so my opinion may be bought ;)

Well there's NO WAY you are gonna drive my 1D Mark IV!! lol... :)

(just kidding...)


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Feb 27, 2012 15:50 |  #372

What about the "gear doesn't improve your photography" assertion. I saw someones flickr the other day that had greatly improved over the last year... and their equipment had gone from Rebel to full-frame through the same time period? (ooo... that will get something thrown at me).

I guess you all are right, No one really has a right to tell me what to do. However, since I do want to be doing more than I am, I end up much more sensitive about it as a chronically ill, limited income person than I would if I were a cardiac specialist who made $300K/year. When I was well that would have taken me seven or eight years. :(

Strangely, photography (and other arts, I guess really) and music are my only vices. Okay, except for that strange chicken/poultry collection.


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Feb 27, 2012 15:56 |  #373

Gear can definitely help improve your photography, but only when you know enough to use it properly.
I started with an old EF28-95 kit lens and Nifty 50. Neither was great but it took me a good year to get to the point where upgrading the lens helped me to get better photos. If I was forced now to go back to XTi and 18-55IS kit lens, I'd still get better photos, I'd just be limited by lighting conditions.


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Feb 27, 2012 16:03 |  #374

I know my images are sharper with my sharper lenses. Last night in the dark I realized I didn't know my 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II near well enough though... ~sigh~ Couldn't operate all the choices by touch yet!


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Feb 27, 2012 16:04 |  #375

wuzzittoya wrote in post #13977925 (external link)
What about the "gear doesn't improve your photography" assertion.

This has always been a stupid argument. Of course better equipment improves your photos.

However, there is the art of composition, and no matter how good your equipment is, you can't improve this with better equipment.

Better skill is more important then better equipment... but it does not mean better equipment is a zero sum gain.


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