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I have bought a bunch of second hand camera stuff. Bit older though. The only lens I bought from a authorized service though. The guy who sold it to me was a quintessential arrogant a-hole and had probably heard the words customer and service once or twice, however in a sentence with a few words no and couple of curse words. But he knew his stuff.
On the other hand I've bought 2 camera bodies used. My AE-1 is a second hand purchase. Bought it for 60€ and got almost 30 rolls of B/W film with it. Even as they were past their expiry date somewhat, I'm willing to bet they were worth more than 60€ alone. The other body which is EOS-something. I bought for 35€ and have used to my recollection three times altogether. Though it was still quite a bit cheaper than hiring it from the arrogant a-hole mentioned earlier. He would have charged 20€ a day. So good value as well.
As for the question, what to do when I can't pack all my stuff with me...
When I can't figure out what to take with me, I just take my 50mm and do some trekking to get the right angles. It's by far the best drawing lens I have and large aperture range makes it quite versatile. It's also quite small and very light.
Well everyone, I'm in need of some advice. I'm trying to find more ways to better expose my photography to the world. Next year I'm planning on getting into the convention scene and selling some of my photography. I've already submitted some of my photographs to my local papers. Just wondering if anyone has any other suggestions on how to get started. I'm really trying to take my photography to the next level. Thanks in advance.
Can't really help you much with that. But as far as selling photographs goes, it's insanely difficult. There are a whole bunch of motivated sellers but very few interested buyers. My only word of advice is, work for free. You'll probably have to do so for rather long until you manage to get enough valuable connections and sufficient amount of name for yourself.
On a side note: Placed an order for a new camera today. Should be getting it next week. Decided not to get all crazy about it and just ordered Canon EOS 450D. It's actually quite solid OK performer which my 300D actually isn't anymore. 1½ weeks off from work around Christmas and New Year. Hopefully I'll be able to arrange something a bit special photography-wise.
Got the new camera today.
Probably won't be able to give it a proper shakedown until Sunday though. Seems good though. A big improvement to 300D I used to have.
Found a link with couple of excellent pictures.
Interesting pictures. It would seem like you'd have to be in quite an akward position to capture such images and especially without the squirrels running scared.
It's a bit late, but in reply to
's question about how to get into selling your pictures there are a number of ways.
The idea I like the most involves your local coffee shops. Supposedly a number of coffee shops coordinate with photographers and other artists such that they'll hang up your work and patrons can buy the works. It works nicely for the coffee shop in that they get a free, rotating supply of artwork for their interior. (They may or may not charge a commission fee; if they do, then they make a slight profit.) It works nicely for you in that you gain exposure and can make a bit of money. I would think that smaller coffee shops might be willing to participate in this if they don't already do something similar, but I'm not so sure that a place like Starbucks would do it. It doesn't hurt to walk in and speak with a manager about it.
Another option is to contact galleries and try to get your works exhibited. This will require that you have a portfolio of your work and that you get ahold of and meet with gallery managers. Meeting them may be hard enough; whether they like your work or not is another issue. I think you're expected to be present at gallery showings where your work is displayed, but I'm not sure how strict that is and for how long you'd need to be there. It sounds more involved than the coffee shop idea, but in theory the chances of making money are higher. People going to galleries are going for the art and would probably also value it more highly (I'd think) whereas people going to a coffee shop generally aren't going with the intent of buying artwork.
Working for free is a topic that was hotly debated by some photographers on a different forum recently. The idea behind working for free bothered many of the professionals, as they feared that it might detract from their business. The big idea about working for free is that you shouldn't simply be working for free, you should be working for yourself. If you undertake a job for no monetary pay or material compensation, at least make sure that you can get
out of it. Make sure you get an agreement that you can use the pictures to promote yourself, for example. Try to undertake projects that you'll excel at and can use toward the form(s) of photography that you're trying to go pro in.
Lastly, you want exposure. Technology has been a blessing and a curse in this regard. It's a blessing in that it's made it very easy for non-pros to put their stuff out there and potentially be noticed, but it's a curse for the exact same reason (that is, the competition has increased and the chances of someone randomly stumbling upon your stuff and feeling that it's vastly different than the other 20 photographers he stumbled upon is probably lower). Use it to your advantage either way. Either join a photo-sharing website or make your own and promote your works. I use Flickr and so far have received two requests to use pictures of mine in online publications. While I don't feel that online publications are worth bragging about (particularly since they seem to just gather as many photos as they can, and if your photo fits their subject or theme then it's in) it's better than nothing. I know of a few other Flickr contacts who were contacted about actually selling their pictures - I think the most anyone made on a single picture was $200, sold to a textbook company. The vast majority of my contacts are not paid for their work, and nobody that I know of has made over $500 that way. Again, it's the exposure and the connections you can make that count.
That's all that I can really offer. I also like the idea of selling my pictures and letting the hobby pay for itself, but I don't care to go professional and I don't really have the time or desire to promote myself very heavily. I'd be interested to hear about your experiences, so let us know what you've tried and how it goes when you get the chance.
Alright thanks a lot for the help Ledgem. Many of those sound like worthwhile options to attempt and I'll plan on trying them out. I probably won't be venturing much into these ventures until I finish my last year of High School, which I'm on right now.
On another note I have a huge build up of photographs right now and I really need to start updating my deviantart, but I'm so swamped with other related matters. *sigh*
'Ello. Well I recently started geting into the area of photagraphy, & so far I love it. I'm not so sure what type of camera I use, since I borrow it from my art teacher. I know it's Cannon brand, and um, I think the model is called EOS Digital Rebel Xti. Or something like that
Welcome to the group Dr.Stein! There's always room for more photographers.
Rebel Xti is quite excellent DSLR to be learning photography with. Presets are capable of producing quite a good images and as you learn more and become more confident it allows you to adjust pretty much everything manually as well. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'm actually using the same camera so I hope I'll be able to help you out if you bump into problems and I'll hazard a guess that other members will be willing to help you out as well.
On a personal side note. I'll be going to Las Vegas on Monday for a week. It's a business trip but I'll try to squeeze some photographing in as well. I'll be traveling light. Borrowed Olympus E-420 with a 25mm F2.8 pancake from work. As a setup it takes me back a bit to my early days in photography since my first gear for quite a while was a film SLR with normal prime lens.
We'll just have to see how the photos turn out.
: The 25mm is supposed to be quite good. You might miss image stabilization a bit since you're using an E-420, but the E-420 is also quite capable. ISO can safely be pushed to 400 on it; 800 is very usable (unless you like to underexpose), and 1600 is... acceptable under most situations, but you need to be careful about overall dynamic range... regardless, the 25mm is relatively cheap. I'd like it but I don't really see a place for it in my lens lineup without getting super-specialized.
Although speaking of super-specialized, I've started buying into old lenses. I now have a Pentax SMC-M 50mm f/1.4 lens to play with, once my Pentax K mount to 4/3 mount adapter arrives from Hong Kong. I'm generally pretty bad at manual focusing, so this'll take some getting used to.
To be honest I'm a bit unimpressed with 25mm pancake's performance. It's not bad but not great either. Of course my comparison is a bit unfair since I'm comparing it either to new Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6IS or EF 50mm F1.8 which both cost less than it and provide better performance in many aspects. 18-55 has better definition, contrast and draw though there's more purple fringing and just a tiniest tad of chromatic aberration. 50mm has neither almost absolutely and other optical properties are superior as well. Then again damn it's small. And if it's compared to the closest thing in Canon lineup the EF 35mm F2.0 they're pretty much in par in performance. It's just that the 50mm F1.8 from both Canon and Nikon tend to make mincemeat out of anything even remotely reasonably priced thrown at them in terms of performance. Anyway the 25mm coupled with E-420 does offer great performance for it's size. The whole package is tiny.
In all honesty I have had to get rather violent with beating some sense into me. Talking myself out of actually buying that very set as a point and shooter replacement took some forceful convincing.
Funny you should say about specializing... To me the case with the 25mm is actually the complete opposite in 2 crop factor body. I'd actually be quite happy just having that single lens.
I'm willing to bet that the 50mm you bought will be very good portrait lens. Actually unlike the old geezers like to believe optics have taken HUGE leaps forward in last 20 years. So while Some older lenses can and will produce quite pleasing images, the quality (technical quality) does pale in comparison to any modern lenses. They are very fun to work with though. 35mm equivalent focal length of 100mm and F1.4 maximum aperture does make the lens very tempting though, especially for portraits since what you need the most is good control over the depth of field and at least if you're trying to be kind to your model, draw, clarity etc. are a bit secondary. I actually soften my portraits taken with my 50mm afterwords since it's not a forgiving lens.
Thank you both. I wish I was a bit more photo savvy so I could understand the conversations he'he'.
I'm heading back home from Las Vegas. Uploaded a little teaser of the photos from the trip. Didn't get all that many good ones but I was really short on time so I'm actually fairly satisfied that I got any. One uploaded was photoshopped in the departure lounge of LAX I'll do something about the rest once I get home. Now it's 11h flight to London. 4½ hour wait for the connecting flight and then 3 more hours to Helsinki.
Check my thread later for more photos.
Here's an interesting short clip.
Interesting technique. It would be cool if they would find more ways to affect the photo besides just it's shadow.
I don't think it's actually limited to that. Since by what I can gather just playing around with lenses and hexagon shaped translucent image planes. Don't see why it wouldn't work with color shifting or something alike as well. I'd just assume that definition would not be very great if it's used for animation since completely eliminating overlapping is probably impossible.
While it is interesting. I didn't see much of a difference in shades or illuminating effects from the picture. I don't know if it would work well in a big bilboard.
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