Is everyone here a professional now

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Rexgig0
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Re: Is everyone here a professional now
In reply to brianj, Jun 3, 2013

Well, actually, I bought a film P&S sometime in the early 2000s, shot one roll of film with it, then put it away. Several years later, my wife bought me an Olympus digital P&S, and after I nearly dropped it a few times, I put it away. I then tried a somewhat heftier Sony DSC-H20, and used it a few times, but photography was still not very fun.

Then, my wife, who is a forensic investigator for the medical examiner, let me handle her agency-issued Nikon D300s, with a zoom lens and SB-800 flash. Now, THIS was fun!

Soon, I was shooting with a pre-owned Canon XTi, then upraded to a 40D in about three months, and within another two months had a new 7D, which was the equivalent of my wife's D300s work camera, and had the weather-resistance I wanted, as by then I was shooting evidentiary images at work, which sometimes means shooting in the rain. (Yes, I did have to learn quickly!)  To be clear, however, I do not consider myself a "professional" photographer, as my salary did not increase when I acquired the new responsibility, though I do strive for high-quality images, and no P&S can easily do that for me.

Do I always want to haul a DSLR with me? Well, I did recently buy a Nikon A, which gives me a DSLR-sized APS-C sensor, a quite good 28mm-equivalent lens, and the ability to use pro-level Nikon Speedlights. My wife, however, claimed it, so I am saving for another.

I am interested in bird and wildlife photography, so the DSLR will still be a part of what I find FUN about photography. Life is good!

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