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post #11 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
I used to be a hobby photographer and gave up because they all turned out to be just another photo of a dog. Finally decided I just don't have the eye for photography.
Maybe dogs just aren't your thing! Plus, who cares... If you like it go for it! ;)
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by SlideStop View Post
Maybe dogs just aren't your thing! Plus, who cares... If you like it go for it! ;)
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I care!

Still have a camera and take pictures but I no longer have anything expensive or make trips just to take photos. I really do enjoy no longer having to buy film and get it developed, that was pretty darn expensive too.
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post #13 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 06:30 PM
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Nowadays pretty much anyone can buy themselves a half decent camera at a reasonable price and call themselves a "photographer."

I don't consider myself an amateur or an actual professional, but somewhere in between. I have held several photography jobs, and even tried to make a go of it for a couple summers working just for myself. But it didn't work out and I'm back to just doing photography as a hobby.

In the horse world, I find very few people actually want to BUY photos anymore. They want to look at them, post them up on facebook, but the number of people who actually BUY has gone way down in the past 10 years. I would spend a full weekend out photographing at a show, then several hours cropping and editing. And I'd usually get 4 or 5 people out of the nearly 200 at a show that would actually buy something. And it wasn't a lot they'd buy either, just a few photos here and there, maybe a hundred bucks worth from one show if I was lucky. I found way more people "stealing" the photos just to post up on facebook. As much as I loved the job, I decided it just wasn't worth it.

Now I just take photos of my friends at shows if I'm there and just put them up on facebook, and the odd time they want to buy or offer to pay me for my services, I am pleasantly surprised and thank them.

Many people don't realize the work and long hours that go into good photography. It makes me mad when I see people stealing off the photographer's site and posting proofs all over facebook. I don't know why people automatically think that if they're in a photo that they have some right to it, that it magically becomes "theirs". The number of real photographers will continue to decline if this continues. It's frustrating for sure.

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post #14 of 21 Old 07-19-2013, 06:50 PM
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Most people are not aware of the laws regarding photos and that includes a lot people working at the local photo shop. I've gone in with my negatives to get a print made just to be told I need a release from the photographer...I've also gone in with a photo to copy and not been asked for a release...
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post #15 of 21 Old 07-20-2013, 12:34 AM
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Well, I have never been accused of being a photographer...I think the word they most often use to describe my ability to take a decent picture is "sad". I think the people you are referring to are in my league. Yes, I can see how that would irritate a photographer.
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post #16 of 21 Old 07-20-2013, 04:35 PM
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I can't find it, but a few weeks ago I saw an ad on a military wives Facebook page where a self-described "photographer" was looking for clients. She said she didn't own a camera, but we can bring our own camera and she would use that. LOL. She added that if we didn't have a camera, she could use her iphone to take pics. I don't remember what she charged but it was pretty outrageous for what she was offering.
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post #17 of 21 Old 11-21-2013, 02:35 PM
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I don't mind people calling themselves "photographers." In a sense, anyone who takes a photograph at all is a "photographer." One can be a bad photographer. You're still a photographer, in that sense of the term.

For people like that to charge money might be a bit absurd, but that's a slightly different subject.

The new popularity of photography got ME interested in it, even though I know I'm not a professional. It's not something I plan to do as a career. I don't need to go to college and get a degree in an area that at most is going to be a hobby. I just take advantage of the tons of cheap, professional online training that's available in this day and age.

The new photography boom has certainly gotten a lot of people interested in photography. Which will change the market, of course, but the market's still there. There's plenty of good that comes with this movement, too.
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post #18 of 21 Old 11-23-2013, 09:43 AM
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All I can say is that technology is changing and it is up to people to adapt or die out. Maybe photography is a dying profession. In general, people enjoy taking photos. I certainly do. I even have a digital SLR camera and a bunch of lenses that I use for casual photos. I made the investment into it regardless of what I get back. Compare it to another hobby we all like - riding. Riding is done for fun, and people will usually do it free just for the sheer joy of it. But, just like photography, you get what you pay for. A qualified rider or a qualified photographer can charge for their service because they are actually good at it, as opposed to the hobbyist who will do it free.

People can see quality vs. hobby photo. If you want to charge for your quality photos, go ahead. But don't begrudge others of their hobby because you don't think it's good enough. That just sounds like sour grapes.
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post #19 of 21 Old 11-23-2013, 10:22 AM
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I was once a photographer at a hobby type level.
Expensive cameras, lenses, developing equipment, etc...
All of this "stuff" today is almost worthless.

The art of photography is gone, no one pays attention to color saturation, different types of film, push or pull developement.

The digital age has provided us with point & click.

Back in the "day" a good day of shooting, 120 photos, may have provided 12 really good shots.
3 to 5 of these would be considered excellent by anyones standard.
Tough to get these when you're up all night developing your work.

Today a great deal of the skills have been removed.
A digital SLR camera with 2 batteries, 256G of storage devices can pound out 2000 photos easy.
Develope? hell no plug into the computer and delete the garbage, keep the good.
With these odds good shots will be aquired only because of the high volume captured.
Luck becomes the greater factor, odds increased by volume.
Kind of like casino gambling, everyone will not walk out a winner.

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post #20 of 21 Old 11-24-2013, 11:46 PM
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Totally agree!

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