Rosie wrote:Hmmmm not sure interviewing failed photographers makes for a very inspiring read somehow!
As for the video tutorials please do keep your suggestions coming - we have plenty of room on the CD to show Photoshop/ Aperture/ Lightroom tutorials and we can cater these specifically to your needs, so just shout!
digitalfingers wrote:Paul, for me looking at the work on your flickr account, regardless of the camera you are using; the images just don't say photographs to me, instead they say pictures. For me 'pictures' can be taken with any camera/phone but 'photographs' are taken by the photographer. This is why I raised the question about the equipment you are using. It's not for me to judge what people spend their money on and I'm glad you can afford to buy high end equipment. I do however think it would be a wise investment to go on a photography course so you get a better understanding of what makes a good photograph.
I have only been into photography just over a year now. I bought my Nikon D3000 (entry level DLSR) second hand because I had a bridge camera before and used the scene modes a lot. I wanted to learn about the other modes so read online tutorials, visited youtube, read magazines and asked questions of friends who already own DSLRs and off I went and practiced. I now know my cameras capabilities, what it can and cannot do. Now that I've had some experience, I am ready to upgrade and hopefully will be the proud owner of a D300 (again second hand) as I know what it's capable of and it will allow me to get the shots I've always wanted. I don't have a particular field of expertise although I do enjoy wildlife and nature photography as I love the outdoors. I haven't really given landscape photography a proper go as I don't drive and getting around to nice locations is a bit difficult without a car. I purchased a cheap studio setup so I can practice some portraiture shots at home and I am currently working on a series of images using scale model figures.
I currently use the 18-55mm kit lens and a Tamron 70-300mm for my wildlife shots. I, like you, am still learning. I get a lot of inspiration from the internet and always strive to improve on my photographic skills. Maybe one day I will be as good as the pro's but until then, I'll keep reading, researching and practicing.
some of my amateur work can be seen on http://www.dflynnphotography.com/ or on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/dflynnphotography/
I'd love to spend a day with you taking some pictures and perhaps you'd come back with some photographs.
photographyxfactor wrote:Almost everyone here has said 'It's the person behind the camera' I would like to see the faces of top photographers should you hand them a point and click and tell them to go off and shoot a wedding.
Of course a good camera goes a long way to creating great photos. Why do pros upgrade their camera body every 5 years? because the technology advances allowing them to capture better pictures.
You wouldn't give a concert pianist a honky tonk piano, you'd give them a Steinway! Same applies to photography.
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