YEAH BABY!! It's Looking Like It's Going To Be A Nikon Christmas!!

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Rita Ä Berkowitz, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. Rita Ä Berkowitz

    Draco Guest

    Must have been one hell of a crash. The engine and main and tail rotor
    assemblies are gone.
    Glad all are safe.

    Draco, Dec 19, 2007
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Usually a Lexus or a Mercedes.
    Annika1980, Dec 19, 2007
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  3. I drive neither, but what drives me to spend money like that, is the hope
    that it pays for itself quickly.

    Mick B
    Michael Brown, Dec 19, 2007
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    PixelPix Guest

    Well I spent $12K on the camera body alone. Why?.... Resolution!

    When printing big, nothing beats resolution.

    It simply comes down to "horses for courses". Why to V8 Supercar
    teams spend so much on a car? ....Because they need things that $9K
    Hyundai just doesn't offer.
    PixelPix, Dec 19, 2007
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    M-M Guest

    Can you recoup 12K quickly that you could not with a lesser setup?

    I guess if you work for Nat'l Geographic or SI, but maybe even not then.
    M-M, Dec 20, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    Geez, one or two of the right shots to the soap mags or the like will get
    that sort of dough easily.
    Pete D, Dec 20, 2007
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    PixelPix Guest

    If 12k gets you right tool to produce the right product for the right
    client, then the cost of that product is set accordingly.

    So yes, 12K can be recouped easily.... once again it's "horses for

    Of course sometimes it's not even about recouping the money... it is
    simply about having the right gear to produce the results that you
    want personally.
    PixelPix, Dec 20, 2007
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    Douglas Guest

    It goes like this:
    You can shoot very nice, paying photos with a basic camera like a $500
    Panasonic FZ50. But when the chips are down and you really need to have a
    picture only a lens like a $1000 wide angle Leica or similar can capture,
    you need a different camera. Why, when you decide to buy that different
    camera, should price be a consideration if it's going to produce photos that
    are not just "nice, paying" shots but continuous profit making shots?

    Shot with a Panasonic FZ50 after the "real" camera got dropped: The images sold
    one off in a package.

    Some photos Shot with the "real" camera which produce repeat sales of very
    large canvas prints that sell well enough and in sufficient quantities to
    pay for two new D3s and a few lenses which are on order for deliver in
    January... And a lifestyle travelling around Australia to take the pictures
    in the first place!

    A lot of people think you need to have 10s of thousands of images in a
    "stock Library" to make a living from photography... Or even make enough to
    be able to afford a "decent camera". Nothing could be further from the
    truth. If you have 20 really good quality photos of subjects unusual enough
    to compel a person to think "hey, that'd look nice on my lounge room wall",
    you are in business.

    Every week thousands of dollars are paid out by buyers looking to beautify
    their home. They take a liking to a photograph on sale and buy it. In 2005
    my wife decided to patch up our damaged and returned from exhibition prints
    and sell them cheap at the Sunday market. So successful was her enterprise,
    she bought herself a nearly new car out it a year later.

    It's not rocket science. It's Psychology. Figure out what people buy and
    why. Then go shoot some similar scenes and sell the pictures... It's not
    wild pipe dream stuff either. Here's a guy and his wife who are doing very
    nicely with an "old" 10D and some initiative.

    Something seemingly too hard for a lot of the armchair critics reading these
    groups who continually put down those doing what Aussie's have done for
    decades... Get out and "have a go". It's what this country was founded on,
    not rants and raves by jealous idiots.

    I suppose the hardest part is finding the money to make the first purchase
    and pay for the prints... I did it all those years ago by using a
    revolutionary method not used much today... It's "called saving up". If more
    people did it, there'd be less wealthy banks and more money in the
    community, not to mention less credit card debt and a whole lot more
    satisfaction with yourself. Put bluntly it's called achievement, something
    far too many people attack you for having done.

    Douglas, Dec 20, 2007
  9. Well said!

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Dec 20, 2007
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    N Guest

    Some nice barrel distortion there.
    N, Dec 20, 2007
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    Noons Guest

    Oh boy! Does that mean we should get a Nokia
    batphone with a camera for Brett?
    I'm sure he could photoshop the crap out of its
    images to make spike look like an oystrich
    on meds!
    Noons, Dec 20, 2007
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    George Kerby Guest

    Not to mention getting the horizon right.

    *That* is not the fault of equipment...
    George Kerby, Dec 20, 2007
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Yep, that's improper use of Auto Levels.
    Doug Payne, Dec 20, 2007
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    Annika1980 Guest

    The world is full of starving photographers and I doubt that guy
    relies solely on his photo sales for his income.
    While it is true that one can make money selling mediocre pics like
    yours and the ones on the site you listed, that isn't the goal of many
    people here. There are certainly better and easier ways to make money
    than photography. And it seems that the paying gigs are the least
    satisfying. Who really enjoys shooting wedding photography, for
    example? I really enjoy shooting sports, but if I had to do it every
    single day in all kinds of weather it would quickly become tiresome.
    I could probably shoot wildlife 24/7 because you never know what
    you're gonna get.

    One reason I haven't pursued photography as a job instead of just a
    hobby is because I never want to lose the love for it. I'd rather
    take a few really nice pics that I like than a thousand crappy ones
    that I think some old women will buy. But that's just me. In many of
    my pics I try to take a common object or scene and show it from a
    different or unusual perspective. When I'm successful I end up with a
    pic that might be interesting to look at, but not a photo that one
    might want to hang on a wall.
    And that's ok with me.
    Annika1980, Dec 20, 2007
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    Draco Guest

    ....and your opinion of why you take photographs is echoed around the
    world by others. Not everyone is out to make money with their
    photography. Those who do, fine. But don't say that the amature
    doesn't know what they are doing. Who else can keep up with the
    technology? Not someone who has to please others for their income with
    their photography. That's for sure. I have learned a lot from those
    who go out and play. They can take the time to learn and discover.
    While those who have to earn a living must have continuous out-
    put. I say to you, it is impressive the amount of work you have to do
    to get by. Doesn't always mean that the work is art gallerie quality.
    But it is what the client wants. And that pays the bills.

    To all who post, lurk, troll or otherwise, may the coming Holidays
    bring you joy and peace. May the New Year bring new visions to capture
    and share with others.

    Draco, Dec 20, 2007
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    Douglas Guest

    Thank you!
    I try hard to create an evenly rounded image for the critics.

    Douglas, Dec 20, 2007
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    Douglas Guest


    Douglas, Dec 20, 2007
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