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Why do you take photos? Do you do it for a living?
Do you display your photos somewhere or do they just collect dust on a hard drive?
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I like finding and watching birds and I like the idea of getting a nice photo of them.
I would like to try different photography, but I don't think I have an artistic eye for it.
Actively searching for something to shoot kinda makes my head spin too much.
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Going out and playing the game if finding scenes and trying to compose them nicely is fun. I don't really care what happens with the images afterwards.

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>>4020803
thankfully my harddrive is inside the computer so there's no dust accumulating there
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I’ve always loved photography. There’s so many thrills I get from it. My job involves flying in helicopters, so sitting in the door with my feet hanging out with my camera around my neck is just an awesome feeling. I do everything from wildlife, street to party events. I’ve experienced joy, excitement, fulfillment, and many other feelings from just using my camera. What happens to the pictures after I take them is much less important to me than the experience of taking them.

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>>4020846
Photos taken with such passion could be worth displaying.
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>>4020803
I take photos to get (you)'s from retards on /p/, there is no higher calling in life than this.
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>>4020803
Money.

Switched from portrait hobbyist to real estate photographer and went from making $1,200 (from retail job + sometimes $0 from photography) a month to at least $9,000 a month. I'm not even working myself silly either. I have a package that includes photo, video, drone and matterport. Agents loves it as I only charge $600-$700 and do about about 15 a month. Each house typically takes me about 2.5 hours, 1 hour to edit the video and 0 time editing photos (outsourced). All in all, my actual work time is about 4-5 hours. So I work about 75hrs a month with usually about 15 days off and make at least $9,000. I really can't believe I used to be ok with working part time at a retail store for $15/h and working 25hr weeks only to make about $75 per day.

I know some wedding photographers can make $5,000+ a weekend but fuck weddings. Real Estate is so much more relaxing and chill.
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>>4020803
>Why do you take photos?
Because I enjoy it. I also like framing, cropping and adjusting. I also enjoy varying aspect ratios too. Sometimes going for a movie look. I wanted to make it a profession, because I am a hopeless aspie NEET who likes to stay local. As a poorfag, I never had the chance to get a camera until my early thirties. I have discovered a new appreciation for cinematography too.
>Do you do it for a living?
I wish. I was encouraged by someone else to start a website to sell photos, but it failed hard.
>Do you display your photos somewhere or do they just collect dust on a hard drive?
I have over 1,800 photos on IG. I crosspost them on Twitter as well. I have awful reach, despite the hashtags, so that failed too. Probably black-listed too. I had hoped to be discovered and get a big break, even as a part-time gig locally. Still, I do get some IRL praise from the very few people I interact with. My output is much less now, but that helps me be selective. I try not to do do-overs. I was so prolific in my first year that I feel I have to do photos I have not done before.
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>>4020803
it's a good excuse to not have to talk to people whenever I'm at a social event like a concert
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>>4021430
Are you allowed to take your camera with you to concerts? Most I've been you're not allowed to take cameras with you.
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it gets me out of the house.
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>>4020803
What was this taken on? Im working on a new recipe. These are the colors I want with a touch less highlights then itd be perfect.
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I like cameras as drawing and painting is really really hard. Photography isn't art 99.99% of the time.
I've made a photobook and sold 9 to my friends but I don't really know what else to do with my photos desu.

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>>4021621
It's actually not my pic. I found it on a wallpaper post a long time ago.
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>>4021563
I've been going to concerts large and small like every other week for 10+ years and the only time they asked me to put my camera away was a Neutral Meme Hotel reunion show. I'm a fujitard though, maybe more professional looking cameras are not allowed. I know museums have a policy like that, you are allowed to make snapshits with your phone, but you need like a special ticket if you want to take pics with a pro camera. Again, for me it never was an issue with my X-T cameras.
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>>4020803
I do it because it's an incomparable feeling to manage to get a good pic. It's only a hobby, and that is what makes it valuable.
I give them to my friends since they are often my main subjects. I post a few on Instagram. Thinking of doing an exposition sometimes, but I'll wait to sit on more money. Good prints and frames are expensive.

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>>4021678
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYKJ05MD-QQ
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I had one minor good idea at 24 and I've been so goddamn poor it has taken me the last 5 1/2 years of experimentation and figuring out how to better implement it to get anywhere. It has become my sole point of focus; it's where all my spare money goes. I don't have much else to live for and as I get older, it's increasingly feeling like all I have left.
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Idk why I do. I just absolutely love it. Sometimes I’ll get an image in my head and it’s as though I’m haunted by it until I bring it to life. I have an Instagram only so that I can show potential models my shit. They like having a reference and knowing I’m not just a random creeper. I wish more than females would be willing to pose. Even older women. I enjoy all walks of life and often find beauty in all kinds of different looking people.

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80% of how we experience the world nowadays is mediated through video or photography.

Having a practical grasp of this technology and the culture surrounding it gives you a sense of control and belonging in the world youre living in.
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>>4020803
I take photos to remember the highlights of my travels.
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When I'm not producing music, or drawing my waifus - I shoot with my camera to keep me interested in the arts.

I finally passed 2k followers on Soundcloud with my music, over 500 follwers with my art, and now my next goal is to hit at least 1000 followers on social media with my photography, even if it takes a lifetime.
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I take pictures for the sake of giving myself new desktop backgrounds.
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>>4020863
How'd you break into commercial?
Did you have a portfolio, or start advertising, or how?
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>>4020803
my father has worked all his life in photography / cinema. we've never had a good relationship. when I left home he gave me his camera, which for me has always been an untouchable and sacred object. so I learned the basics of photography to develop a topic to discuss with him. he always says I don't use the rule of thirds enough

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>>4022519
>crooked horizon
>unbalanced composition
>underexposed by a full stop
sorry anon but looks like pops was right
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>>4022528
>>crooked horizon
Do you not know how mountains work?
>>unbalanced composition
So suddenly having one side of the frame in focus is now "unbalanced"?
>underexposed by a full stop
And have your highlights blown out by the contrast? People underexpose for a reason.

Maybe you should leave /p/, it's obvious you're fucking stupid when it comes to things like this. Nothing is more annoying that little faggots like you pretending to know what he's talking about, over someone who is a contrarian. Fuck you're insufferable dude.
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>>4022537
>>4022519
not that guy but you could make some pretty basic tweaks to balance it out a bit it does look pretty underexposed

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>>4022537
The camera being level doesn't mean you have a straight horizon. The person viewing your photograph doesn't know the camera was level, they'll simply see the mountains sloping downward from left to right and assume you forgot to level your camera.

I agree on the unbalanced composition comment as well. Negative space is fine to balance out your subject, but there's way too much at the top. Plus the part of the cliff in the top right of the frame is unnecessary and distracting. I'm still not in love with the composition, but it looks slightly better to me if I cover the top 25% or so with my hand.

Keep working though anon, as long as you're taking photos and paying attention to critique, you're improving.
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>>4022537
>And have your highlights blown out by the contrast?
>People underexpose for a reason
You don't shoot RAW? i agree with your points but jaypeg shooters have no business trying to act serious about photography, going by "people do it"/popular consensus is just being retarded too.
Get lost in the mountain, buttfaggot
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>>4020803
Do it for a living and for fun. I’ve got a few photos hung up on my walls, mainly of landscapes though.
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>>4020803
I like looking at pretty pictures and want to take some of my own, maybe make people feel things when they look at my pics in the same way that I feel things looking at other people's pics
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I do it for fun and enjoyment of the picture-taking process itself. Sometimes I get lucky and end up with a picture that I like, I consider that a plus

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>>4022519
>>4022537
Not the same anon, but thank you
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I dont like any of my pictures
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>>4022769
Let me guess. Sony?
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>Do you not know how mountains work?
anon clouds don't form at an angle

>So suddenly having one side of the frame in focus is now "unbalanced"?
it's not about the focus, it's about the composition...

>And have your highlights blown out by the contrast? People underexpose for a reason.
If "people underexpose for a reason", what's your reason?

Your subject (the flowers? or at least the foreground) is exposed for zone 3, the clouds are exposed for zone 5, and the rando patch of clouds in the background are exposed for zone 7. Hell you can you can push +1.5 on the jpg without blowing highlights.
>Maybe you should leave /p/, it's obvious you're fucking stupid when it comes to things like this. Nothing is more annoying that little faggots like you pretending to know what he's talking about, over someone who is a contrarian. Fuck you're insufferable dude.
No, go bring your picture to your dad and ask him the following questions:

>Is this picture underexposed?
>Is the horizon crooked?
>Is the composition balanced?
He'll definitely agree to the first two. Not sure if he will have it in his heart to break it to you about the last one though, but that depends on what kind of relationship you have with him.
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>>4023067
>anon clouds don't form at an angle
Actually wrong
Post invalidated
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>>4022542
The original is vastly better.
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>>4020863
Dude... How...
Did...You....Do it!
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>>4024138
>Dude... How...
>Did...You....Do it!
By telling porkies probably
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I like to document life and creating an image reference. Life changes fast and I believe in the next few decades certain experiences will become inaccessible or unrecognizable. I like to capture them with a photograph while they are still available.
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sold my camera
havent take a single photo for 4 years
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i just like it idk
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>>4024302
Surely you are on the right board then, Anon.
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>>4020803
For fun, for myself, for giving artists reference materials they couldn't acquire otherwise and in one case for a publication
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I deeply regret not having taken thousands of photographs when I was younger. Now all my good memories can only fade more and more with time. Now when I look at some candid photo I took not that long ago (like, say last year) I get a warm, nostalgic feeling. I should probably take more photos of my parents while they are still alive and not that old.
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>>4024744
Sometimes I dream that I come back in time as an invisible ghost and start stalking my kid self, taking photos of my school, the old city I grew up in, the favorite places I enjoyed visiting etc. Yes, I'm autistic, how could you tell?
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>>4024744
same, only I was a shut in NEET loser at 15 so only went outside a handful of times a year. didn't even have anyone to socialise an take photos with lol
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>>4024744
Eh, the memories sour over time. Nice to have don't get me wrong but every photo I have from that period is some sort of cringe. Sometimes it's what you remember and feels good, sometimes it's later memories.
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>>4024829
If you learn to embrace the cringe, even those photos can summon good memories, anon. Having said that, if I had photos of my cringiest phase it might have been too much for me to handle...
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>>4024833
I do and you're right for the most part but ayy lmao that drunken week I shacked up with a furry neet is one of the better memories. The real ones with certain old friends and family still cut like knives.
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>>4024744
Last year I went to my parents' house, took all their old albums of me, and burned them. I effectively don't exist pre-2010 except in written records. My mother almost died of grief, and fuck her for it, dumb abusive bitch. Why do you think I destroyed them lowlife cunt?
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>>4024836
Understandable. Sometimes its nice to have evidence and reference points for later therapeutic use but few will agree with either of us.
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>>4024838
Tears in rain.
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>>4024839
Oh man, I spent A LOT of time in Lan Houses playing CS 1.6 with friends during my high school years, and I don't have a single photo of it.
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>>4020803
To learn the general principles of aesthetics.

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>>4024843
I have like 1 and it's tainted. If I took them when I was 12, it would have been burned by now. Wish I took more so I do now but like I was saying, you don't know how you'll feel about the contents of a photo in the future. Now that I think of it, I don't have many good memories of lans but I'm glad I was there. It's hard to ruin a good memory without pictures.
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>>4024853
You're making a case for photos retroactively ruining good memories? Like they are best left alone, seen only through the rose colored glasses of your vague memories? I can see that happening in some cases but I also see the opposite: photos of trivial, mundane moments that you barely cared enough to photograph at the time, and now when you look at the photo you're almost moved to tears because it means more to you now than it did back then. Like you said, we don't know how we will feel about those memories in 10, 20, 30 years, but it seems to me like I would regret not having taken the pictures at all. Worse that could happen is that in 30 years I see a bunch of cringe, meaningless snapshits and decide to delete them. Maybe I'll see something special, thou.
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I agree with you for the most part but can't comment on the endgame. Some things are better left snipped out but others don't sting. Whether something will haunt you or not is a you thing and I trimmed the worst of it because it was going to haunt me later if I accidentally looked at it. Also I'm not >>4024836 but sympathize.

Here's one with a positive emotional response and little cringe or regret. Still, one of them is a girl now.

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>>4024897
I know what you mean. If you're trying to get over something it's best to leave it behind for good, not keep torturing yourself by reliving it through photos. You (and the other anon with mom issues) probably did the right thing.

>Still, one of them is a girl now.

Yeah, I think I can guess which one.
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>>4024901
I don't normally prune other than getting rid of shit pics so it's an extremely conscious effort I respect even if I made sure I wouldn't remember doing it. Have another one that's not happy but idgaf at t his point. It's sans the aforementioned future streamer, see if you were right, be honest.

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>>4024903
Wait, so it wasn't the one in the middle here? >>4024897

He was giving some strong femboy vibes in that pic, so he was my bet.
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>>4024906
That's a biogirl. Fools everyone.
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>>4024909
I see. She looks a bit androgynous.
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>>4024911
We grew into our features since then.

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>>4024911
>tfw the self timer goes off too early and you look like you're alone

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>>4024913
She looks very pretty here, congrats. While some would prefer the femboy punk-emo look, I like the new refined, adult look more.

>>4024914
kek. In my case it would be an accurate assumption.
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Oh yeah, I guess I take photos to make sure things actually happened. Art and the sovl from film dev are fringe benefits.

>>4024916
You still have time, just look with your ears and mouth and not your eyes and dick. For friends, fucking is overrated for schizoids and autists.

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>>4024918
Yeah, I'm only 28. I'm not actively looking for a relationship right now, I have other priorities I have to manage first, but it would be nice to have real, trustworthy friends. All my old friends slowly drifted away but I guess that's life. I don't blame them.
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>>4024920
Work into it now, the other side of 30 gets weird. Settling is for losers, having your tendrils in everything and wasting time separating wheat from the chaff for pure personal pleasure is patrician. We met on a school bus, you may have to do more work.

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>>4024921
It's not that simple for me. I despise most people almost as much as I despise myself. For some years now I've been slowly coming to accept the idea of living alone. It's not as bad as it sounds, I'm considering taking meditation more seriously to hopefully achieve complete inner peace in a decade or two.

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>>4022509
I've only done 1 "commercial" property, the rest have all been residential for brokers or agents.

Lots of cold calls, emails and texts. Eventually a few of those got to the right people and then word of mouth did the rest.

>>4024138
Read above.


Once you get a few agents or even better, a broker, you will never be low on clients. You just have to make sure you don't lower your rates to compete. There were plenty of times I reached out to agents and they told me they had a guy who will do an entire 4,000sqft house for $100. My photos start at $175 for just 10.

If you aren't comfortable reaching out to clients, this won't work well for you unless you already happen to know a few real estate agents yourself. But in my opinion reaching out to agents for real estate services is a lot easier than reaching out to potential clients for portrait work.

My portrait work is "good" but apparently doesn't stand out enough to get a lot of people to recommend me to be sustainable.
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>>4020803
I take photos because I want to capture the beauty in my life. Also because I like don’t have any hobbies otherwise. I have a beautiful wife, beautiful children, and beautiful pets. Nothing last forever, and I want to be able to capture these fleeting moments in time. When I show my pictures to others, they ask why I don’t dont this professionally. Two reasons: (1) because then I would loose my only hobby in exchange for a “side hustle” and (2) I can only capture something I think is beautiful because photography is an expression of my love. If I had to photograph others, god forbid something vile like a woman with makeup or a non-kin man, I just wouldn’t be able to muster the effort. Photography is a deeply personal expression of my joy and appreciation for the people around me. This is also why I struggle with landscapes and street photography, because I literally don’t care unless my wife is in the shot.
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>>4024897
Thats a very 2007 aesthetic. Really takes me back
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>>4024914
These are cozy anon. I haven't had friends for much of the past 10 years. There was a brief window, 19-22, where my life was full of people, and I'd autistically and clumsily document everything we did, even though the photos ended up being shit. I miss that.
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>>4020803
>Why do you take photos?
I like to.
>Do you do it for a living?
Fuck no, never do what you like for money, you'll soon hate it.
The closest I've ever done is my brothers wedding but it was a gift. I took a little over 6.8k pictures and just gave them all of them. I figured if even 10% of them turned out that's still a 680 good pictures.
>Do you display your photos somewhere or do they just collect dust on a hard drive?
No, they sit on a drive and on google images. I keep my old Pixel XL around to upload images to Google for free.
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>>4024981
She’s pretty. Looks like my wife.
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>>4024991
These were ~9 years ago, I think. Could be your wife, I don't know.
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>>4020803
i want to see what i can do with a really shitty camera
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>>4024984
That's not a gift. That's being a lazy, unimaginative bastard.
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>>4025021
They requested it.
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>>4022519
>rule of turds
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Rules of thirds is for boring people who are afraid of the infinite possibilities
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i don't even do it for fun anymore

i do it because of the sunken cost
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>>4025098
You can always sale everything.
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i just love developing the film, letting it dry, scanning it. archiving the film and then making photobooks out of my shitty snaps
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I’ve always enjoyed taking photos to capture the moment/emotion/scenery that will never ever happen again.
It’s been a year since I’ve started taking photography more seriously. Now I’m somewhat a pocket photographer for my gf who does modelling.

I do quite enjoy it, however I feel that I should grow, though I still don’t know in which area.

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>>4025130
wtf is wrong with your gf's heels?
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>>4025217
These are some light shoes

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>>4025231
These look amazing, specially your color edit, great work.
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>>4024977
It's a fun age to socialize while you're half retarded and have a high bullshit tolerance. I couldn't do it now either but the scattered memories and photos are nice. I like that total lack of context photos like yours have, it makes them have life.

I'd be more social but then I remember why I drifted apart from most of these people in the first place. Stewing in memories is a double edged sword.
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>>4024981
Also, really like that one, reminds me of somewhere I've been that triggered a lot of recurring dreams. Moods and motives like an abandoned road on the outskirts are captivating for some reason.
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>>4025272
The editing was done by a different person, but thank you very much anyway!
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>>4025231
How does one achieve this look? Looks very dreamlike.
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>>4025345
soft lens
orange and magenta overtone
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>>4025557
Thank you! If my lens is too sharp, can I achieve this effect with a soft diffusion filter or are those just meme gimmicks? Also, when you say orange and magenta overtone, should I focus on the Color Mixer tab (HSL) or Color Grading tab in Lightroom?
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I'm fat and taking photos motivates me to go out and hike.
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>>4020803
I wish I had more motivation.
Unfortunately someone sprung the idea of "you only remember the pictures when you take them instead of the memory itself." So I don't take much based off that idea. I do like photography thought.
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>>4020803
I feel like deep down inside everyone at some point in their life has the need to express themselves in some creative or artistic medium myself included. Photography has never been more accessible or cheap as it is today which makes it a great medium to get into if you feel like you don't have the inclination to pick up drawing, or painting, or sculpting or one of the other arts.
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>>4029527
>if you feel like you don't have the inclination to pick up drawing, or painting, or sculpting or one of the other arts.
I personally put it under crafts like basket weaving or something utilitarian for people who otherwise have no creative outlet. Unless you're making darkroom prints, that's a physical object.
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>>4022519
>>4022542
I'm sorry but the original is so much better
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>>4020803
i love taking pictures, and that's about it

never cared much about my subjects except when taking pictures, that's when i get into flow with things around myself and really enjoy their presence

i tried doing it for a living but money was not enough to support myself and photography as a hobby, probably related to the fact that i was poor for 3rd world country standard
my current job/career gets me enough money so i can take pics as a hobby

i had my pictures displayed in museums and local art galleries when i was doing it professionally; even though it did command nice prices, it was rather erratic as income source so i quit; nonetheless it was pleasing to be able to show and get feedback on my pics from curators and very dear photographers such as sebastião salgado





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