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12-15-2016, 11:32 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Why do you shoot?

I was feeling jealous of an up-and-coming photographer: 17, completed high school, getting ready to travel around the world, really knows his stuff, his father shoots Leica. Someone reminded me to ask myself, why I shoot. That helped, but got me thinking...

...why do you shoot?

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QuoteOriginally posted by lithedreamer Quote
Why do you shoot?
I can't paint, I can't sing, I can't dance, ( well I can, but only after a couple of drinks !! ), But I can use a camera to stimulate the " creative " part of my little brain. We all need a balance ( hobby ) I think. Excellent question.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lithedreamer Quote
I was feeling jealous of an up-and-coming photographer: 17, completed high school, getting ready to travel around the world, really knows his stuff, his father shoots Leica. Someone reminded me to ask myself, why I shoot. That helped, but got me thinking...

...why do you shoot?
It's not a contest and nothing to do with you. The notion that everything is defined by winners and losers is a false premise. Go do the voodoo that you do.

It's just about the work. Pick up a copy of the "War of Art". If you spend your time wrapped around an an axle of envy, you'll lose yourself.
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I shoot street because my uncle will never able to come to visit US, but he likes to see the culture here. So I shoot and send the photos to him.
Shoot macro because I love insects and spiders, also for my papermodel.
And telephoto for shooting place I can't get in...likes my neighbor's house.(NO

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Why do you shoot?
To capture the light.
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I didn't become interested in photography properly until a few years ago... about 2008 or 2009 if I remember correctly, when I was in my late 30s. In some respects, I wish I'd started when I was young so that I'd be more proficient now, but in other ways I'm pleased I didn't... I'm rarely happier than when I have something to discover and learn. I've learned quite a lot about photography already, but have so much more ahead of me. It's nice that I can look forward to that

I'm a fairly artistic person - I've played musical instruments since I was 6 or 7, and I can write with reasonable (if not exactly amazing ) creativity. I can't draw or paint at all, though, and the ability to capture an image creatively with a camera and lens works really well for me, even though I have a long way to go with composition and lighting.

I'm very technically-minded, too (my early career was in software development), so I love the technical aspects of photography... trying to understand the performance and limitations of equipment, the "how" and "why" of digital imaging and optical design, optimising the final images in post-processing, etc.

Finally, I collect - though not in a serious way. None of my cameras or lenses could be described as especially desirable, rare or financially valuable - but I love playing with equipment and finding out what each piece can do. Some guys like to play with their train sets or paint toy soldiers; I enjoy playing with my photography gear - especially old lenses... those with real character mechanically and in the way they render elements of a scene. I get absorbed by it, and gain just as much enjoyment from this as I do taking photos.

EDIT: On that last note... I'm sure a number of our forum members would think I've missed the point of photography... that it should be about getting out there and taking photos primarily. And I do enjoy that a great deal - but it's a little like having an interest in cars... Some people enjoy driving them, others tinkering with the engines or restoring the bodywork, a good many collecting them and polishing them with a diaper, and plenty just read about them. It's all good, and it all counts if you enjoy it

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i shoot because its just fun for me. and when i was working as a law enforcement officer for 28 years it also helped me to relax. i get a lot of pleasure put of my cameras, never even tried too sell a photo i just give them to anyone who likes them. started that when my kids were growing up and playing sports and i would let people take negatives and get prints as long as they made sure i got them back. then with digital i have been asked by friends to shoot ball games their grand kids are in and i just email the shots to them. i belong to a couple clubs and we have contests but i dont take myself very seriously. bottom line i just enjoy getting out and trying to get a good shot.
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When I was younger, I took photos for the same reason that I would eat, breathe, dream, laugh, etc. It wasnʻt for any intellectual reasons. It was something I had to do because of an emotional, spiritual, social, and often economic reward.

Today itʻs different for me. I canʻt remember a time when I lived in such a polarized world with millionaires and homeless, the educated and the ignorant, the privileged and the powerless, etc. Compromise and the middle class seem to be yesterdayʻs trend. As an American, how can 49% of the voters feel so passionate that the other 51% are idiots and represent a culture, values, morals so different than them?

When I take photos today, Iʻd like to believe an undeveloped coastline landscape would only be seen for its beauty as an undeveloped coastline. But Iʻm probably just delusional as the other half sees the undeveloped coastline as an opportunity to build luxury homes, a casino resort, a theme park or a military base.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
When I take photos today, Iʻd like to believe an undeveloped coastline landscape would only be seen for its beauty as an undeveloped coastline. But Iʻm probably just delusional as the other half sees the undeveloped coastline as an opportunity to build luxury homes, a casino resort, a theme park or a military base.
You're not delusional. The vast majority would appreciate that photo for its beauty (undeveloped or otherwise), while a smaller-but-appreciable number for the artistic and technical abilities of the photographer. Those who see a potential business opportunity and dollar signs probably don't appreciate a good photo. There are people like that, I'm sure, but I'd bet they're a tiny minority.
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I first started taking photos, apart from family stuff, when I started climbing mountains and discovered that I had 'the eye'. As this was in the pre auto era when even aperture priority was a bit of a novelty it was a fascinating learning curve as I read all I could about photography (technique and styles). Now I am thankful AF and digital came along and made it all so much easier - the stuff I learned 40 years ago is still there but is only a backup - and I can just enjoy being out and about with a camera especially at my beloved cricket matches
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I like to shoot not only for the pure pleasure of operating advanced, quality machines (read: Pentax system), not only because chicks like to be photographed and sometimes might appreciate your efforts, but also for a chance to freeze the time and also in pursuit of "eco" shooting (in opposition to the real shootin'). Besides, don't you feel like some god when you look through the prism viewfinder, out of total darkness, onto the world? It's a cinematic, director-like experience, which has to have its appeal. But I guess, over time, with more and more photographs being available on the internet (same applies to movies), amateur photography, as some kind of distinguish hobby, might become less popular, we'll see
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And why did prehistoric people paint pictures on the walls of a cave? Perhaps we have an inherent urge to express ourselves as we do with a camera. No need to justify ...
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And why did prehistoric people paint pictures on the walls of a cave? Perhaps we have an inherent urge to express ourselves as we do with a camera. No need to justify ...
why do I shoot??

I'm the guy who doesn't like to be in photos. I have the time (unfortunately) and the cost of digital photos (as opposed to film which you had to pay to have developed before weeding out the bad ones) is low when you don't consider the cost of the equipment.

I like the challenge of photography but really need to learn how to operate the equipment,

I am afraid of missing the photo so I use the camera's automatic system so learning to trust myself, that is another challenge.

have to avoid the "expectation" game. (why can't I do that) and realize that it takes time, "education", practice and even at times luck to get the great final result.

prefer the "natural" look to photos as opposed to pp.

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here is my history with photography

1 my dad shot yashica slrs and i started with a ?pentax? range finder when I went over to the old Soviet Union on a college trip over Dec 77 - Jan 78. shot slides and boy do I wish I knew what happened to them.

2 put camera away for the longest time. inherited dad's old lenses and had unknown Pentax slr that I used very rarely.

3 got Pentax DSLR *st dl but still used film lenses

4 used some point and shoots

5 then last year, began to plan "once in a life time" trip to celebrate our 25th and got K 5 II and Tamron AF 70 - 300 mm macro zoom ld 1:2. returned from trip this summer and got K 3 and first DSLR lenses.

now I am hooked on wild life (even though most are in zoos) and pollinators. So i am on a big learning curve

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I shoot for two reasons -- the process and the result:

The first is that in trying to photograph a scene, I become more involved with it. Trying to find a good composition, timing, lighting, etc. forces me to more closely examine the elements and the environment.

The second, is to collect memories of places I've been and things I've seen. Even if it cold and dreary outside, or I've got a pressing work project, or I'm too tired to hike up a mountain, I can look at my photographs of bright sun, more relaxed times, or mountain tops and relive those moments if even for a moment.


The people that say you should put down the camera and live in the moment simply do not understand photography! The camera is NOT a barrier, it is a tool for deeply exploring and creating better moments. (At least it is for me)
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Because I'm too homely to appear in a picture...... I need to be behind the camera.
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