considering photography career

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Merry, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. Merry

    Merry Guest

    I am considering a future career in photography. Do you have any
    helpful hints on how to get started? I usually photograph animals and
    scenery. (everything but people)

    Also, I have a Canon Rebel 2000, that replaced my old Canon T-50 when
    I couldn't get it repaired. I miss my T-50. I notice that the Rebel
    2000 pictures are not as sharp as the T-50's were. Does anyone know
    why?

    Any information would be appreciated.
     
    Merry, Jul 8, 2003
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  2. Real pros use medium format (at least).
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 8, 2003
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  3. Merry

    Jon Pike Guest

    Not for most things, actually.
     
    Jon Pike, Jul 8, 2003
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  4. Merry

    J Elliott Guest

    I know pros that shoot with 35 mm, Medium format, digital, pin hole, and a
    few that shoot 8 by 10.
    It really doesnt mater what you shoot with as long as you (your client) get
    the image you want.
    First things first take a black marker and cover over the Rebel. Most people
    that see that will assume you are an amature.
    Second and most importantly shot until you can say to yourself "I am a
    photographer"
    Then move on to the buisness side of things...
     
    J Elliott, Jul 8, 2003
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  5. Merry

    Brian Guest

    Probably down to the auto focus on the Rebel, try using it on manual focus
    and see if your images are sharper. I had a canon EOS300, I think its the
    same camera marketed as this in the UK, I found the auto focus to be a bit
    off, and it doesnt like low light either, I found manual focus much better.

    Brian.....................
     
    Brian, Jul 8, 2003
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  6. Perhaps the problem with the sharpness is a lense problem. If you use the
    "cheap" 28-90 mm that comes with the canon eos 300 (european name) thats the
    explanation. Try getting some good lenses, at least a USM lense, and if you
    mean business a L lense...

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    René Ernst Nielsen, Jul 8, 2003
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  7. Merry

    CRAIG PALME Guest

    lol
     
    CRAIG PALME, Jul 9, 2003
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  8. Merry

    Jon Pike Guest

    I'm sure you could pull it off with a pentax :}
     
    Jon Pike, Jul 9, 2003
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  9. First before you even consider career in photography try to sell
    some of your photos. If you see it works fine, if you see it's not
    so easy then maybe it's time to consider some other options too.
    It won't be any easier to sell your photos if you will be professional
    photographer, then now when you are not. Actually it might be harder
    because you won't have regular income anymore and you might not be
    able to pay for films anymore.
    Second thing to think is if you even want to go professional. I know
    it sounds cool but question is if you really want that. I found once
    one really good article on web about this (I think it was on Photo.Net,
    but I can't find that link right now), and I agree about this,
    especially
    since I had about same experience myself. Just not with photography but
    with computer graphics. I was hoping to get some job with that, and it
    was so great and cool and.... Then I got some freelance work and after
    that project was done and I took look back and saw I was sleeping
    for about 5 hours in whole week I slowly changed my mind about wanting
    such job so badly. I'm not trying to scare you, but just give you
    something to think about. Second thing is that photography for me is
    really great thing to do and I have lot of fun (especially when I don't
    spend for new equipment :) with it, but I would hate to think that
    it would be my job. It would mean I would need to go places where I
    wouldn't want and take photos which I wouldn't want, but still would
    because I would be paid for. Now I go there where I want and take photos
    of that what I want. And if I sell something on end it's even better,
    but if I don't I don't bother either since I get my sallary from
    something
    else.
    And another tip if you want to be pro. No matter how stupid it sounds,
    but get yourself pro camera. Why? Not because you could make better
    photos with it, but because noone will take you serious walking around
    with EOS 300. I saw that myself when I was shooting some bike races
    and there was me (with EOS 3) and another guy (with EOS 300). I could
    jump
    across the road and take photos standing on side of track, while other
    guy was thrown out of that place and put behind fence there where other
    spectators were, because spectators are not allowed to be on track. And
    I guess it's useless to mention noone of us had acreditation.
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    Primoz Jeroncic, Jul 9, 2003
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  10. But 35mm is currently better than digital!!

    I don't know about that. I've always thought that 35mm was fine for
    snapshots.

    All of my weddings were done with Hasselblad, portraits with either RB,
    Pentax 6x7, or Hasselblad (depending on the time frame I did them).
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 9, 2003
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  11. Merry

    Brian Guest

    You mean you used a medium format camera to take phots of an entire wedding?
    Ceremony?
    Photoshoot?
    Reception?
    I would never exclusively use medium format for a wedding, medium would be
    better for the set pics after the ceremony, but during and at the recption
    35 mm is a must, simply for ease of movement and versatility..
    I agree that medium format would be the best to use all the time, but its
    just not practical, although modern medium formats are more compact and can
    be slung about with 35mm versatility.

    Brian.............................
     
    Brian, Jul 9, 2003
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  12. You mean you used a medium format camera to take phots of an entire wedding?

    Yup. Formals were done before the ceremony - no exceptions - and also
    used 2 6" Photogenic lights run from an AC power supply for the
    formals. Did some windowlight/reflector things with just the bride &
    groom. Cake shots were done with a Vivitar 283...almost no candids.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 9, 2003
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  13. I didn't do many candids for a couple reasons. #1 - I didn't like
    doing them. #2 - there are enough people with their own cameras at the
    event.

    I believed (and still do) that the formals are the most important part.
    That's where you sell enlargements and make money afterwards. Now, if
    somebody got drunk, jumped on a table and started dancing - that I'd
    photograph. :)
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 9, 2003
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  14. Yuk it up, amateur.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 10, 2003
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  15. You'll have to try harder than that to offend me.

    I've just stated the facts. Although I'm out of the business, I still
    have friends with studios. Most of them have gone digital with 6mp or
    higher cameras. But I still say, anybody photographing wedding and
    portraits with 35mm is a rank amateur.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 10, 2003
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  16. Merry

    Jon Pike Guest

    Well, you can have your opinion, even if it's wrong.
     
    Jon Pike, Jul 10, 2003
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  17. Uh-huh. Have fun with your postage stamp negatives.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 10, 2003
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  18. Merry

    John O. Guest

    Doesn't matter if you are right or wrong. I personally wasn't attacking
    your opinions. I was attacking you. Don't care what you think. You are
    a dick.
     
    John O., Jul 10, 2003
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  19. Well, I wouldn't want to put someone off of making photography their
    life's work. But there are so many out there that are completely
    unqualified to even think about it.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 10, 2003
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  20. I'm guessing that you incorrectly do not count yourself among them, right?

    I've been doing photography in many forms since 1966, operated a
    portrait studio for 16+ years and earned many professional honors along
    the way.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Jul 11, 2003
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