What is it that is so attractive about photography?

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BlueJakester
BlueJakester Senior Member • Posts: 2,305
What is it that is so attractive about photography?

For me I think it is the challenge, technology, processing and getting out there to capture images.

Photography has become a very addictive hobby for me. How about you? Keep it simple

Cheers,

Jake

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doctorxring Senior Member • Posts: 1,341
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For me it is the ability to crystalize a moment in time. To capture beauty. And to act as a facilitator to future memory.

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Re: What is it that is so attractive about photography?

doctorxring wrote:

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For me it is the ability to crystalize a moment in time. To capture beauty. And to act as a facilitator to future memory.

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Well said.

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mgd43 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,322
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I think that it fills a basic need to be creative and to express myself. I get a feeling of satisfaction and joy when I produce a photograph that I like. It adds to the good feeling I get when others also enjoy one of my photos.

It also is a way of preserving memories. Kids grow up, family and friends change, grow older, pass away. The photos of them are priceless. I can forget what I had for dinner, but I can look at a photo I took 40 years ago and it's like I just took it.

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Photofunster
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She is!!

Yeah, just Her!!

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BlueJakester
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Re: What is it that is so attractive about photography?

mgd43 wrote:

I think that it fills a basic need to be creative and to express myself. I get a feeling of satisfaction and joy when I produce a photograph that I like. It adds to the good feeling I get when others also enjoy one of my photos.

It also is a way of preserving memories. Kids grow up, family and friends change, grow older, pass away. The photos of them are priceless. I can forget what I had for dinner, but I can look at a photo I took 40 years ago and it's like I just took it.

Very articulate and profound. Thanks for your response.

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I'm completely addicted to Light and everything about it.  Photography is all about capturing what I love.

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Re: What is it that is so attractive about photography?

BlueJakester wrote:

For me I think it is the challenge, technology, processing and getting out there to capture images.

Photography has become a very addictive hobby for me. How about you? Keep it simple

It's a great way to talk women out of their clothes.

phaedin
phaedin Senior Member • Posts: 1,633
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For me, I think it is because it can be many things.
It can be documenting my daughter growing up.
It is also the coming together of technical knowledge, photographic technique and artistic creativity to create a stunning image, it's a bit like searching for unicorns (for me at least) very difficult to do, but the reward is priceless

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To see if I could capture what I'd imagined.

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Lanidrac Veteran Member • Posts: 8,066
Freezing a moment in time.

Without a photo lab and the hassle of 24 or 36 exp film. I decide now, and the camera's are so much better now too many take for granted.

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Edwaste Senior Member • Posts: 1,036
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It's a right brain/left brain thing.

Photography satisfies the urges of both sides of my brain. In my case, both are equally dominate.

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For me, I'm fascinated by old B&W photo's from a time long since past.  Consequently, I love taking photo's with the hopes that I'll capture a timeless moment.

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gloaming Veteran Member • Posts: 3,706
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I type this off the cuff without having read other inputs, so please excuse me if I repeat at all...

For me, it is discovery.  I have to learn how to see, what to see, when, and also everything useful about my camera...even old ones with which I think I am familiar.  I get to see new things, experience new events and learning.

Incidentally, my other hobby is scale model railroading.  The same applies to that hobby as well, although there is a strong component of history involved.  More discovery.

Klaus dk
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To me it is the combination of technique, psychology and creativity.

The better you are technically, the better you can make your vision come true, and the more you study the work of others, the more elaborate your vision.

I specialise, although not exclusively, in portrait photography. The psychology involved in creating a portrait makes the challenge. At its most complicated, creating a setting and mood which both display the sitter's personality and add a new layer to his or her self perception is the ultimate goal, and when successful, a very rewarding experience.

You also have to be able to quit any preconceived ideas and go with the sitters ideas instead. I photographed a girl (actullay a woman my own age) who had been practising her poses before the mirror, and that was the pictures she gave me - what else could I do than to light her well and press the button?

Sometimes the sitter just wants a simple business-like picture for their CV or LinkedIn profile, which is also a challenge, especially if you don't know them very well. Getting the little twist of the mouth or the twinkle in eyes that shows they are alive can save the day - and the picture.

You might think that all this preparation would lead to me overthinking the project and create dead studio shots. That is not my experience, I think my best pictures are very much alive, but I acknowledge that you can take exquisite pictures of people in other ways than mine.

An improvised snapshot of a person you love, taken where the light is good and the person is in a good mood can be just as satisfying. I don't underestimate such pictures: you have to be there, you need the subjects confidence, you must be able to see that the light and the moment is right and you must know your camera well enough to be able to capture the moment without delay.

Happy shooting whatever your preferences, and, as Joe McNally says: Remember to have fun.

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jackdan Contributing Member • Posts: 896
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Hard to say which is best, buying lenses or cameras and that's not to slight bags. I have a bag for every combination of gear for when I actually want to go out and take some photos. I love reading reviews, shopping, pulling the trigger, tracking the packages, watching the UPS truck pull up and then the ultimate thrill of opening the package. Of course build quality is what matters the most to me.

When I am not buying and fiddling with my gear, I spend my time on DPR. I especially like to police the correct use of the word exposure and teach people how to determine equivalence properly and the need to shoot RAW and use Lightroom to PP, but most of all the superiority of APS-C DSLRs over FF and MILC cameras.

Either that or the satisfaction I get when I do everything right and I say "Oh Wow" when I see the result. Or maybe it is the feeling of achievement I get when I learn something new. The ultimate for me, though, is the good photos of the grandkids that preserve the memories of their growing from babies to young adults, plus the photos of the many family gatherings. And then there are the photos of our travels that help my wife and I to enjoy those memories. That and much more.

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Seeing something, picturing how it will look in the photograph I have in mind, and then achieving that vision with the proper tools. It doesn't always work, but when it does it's wonderful.

I also like the entire process, especially if I'm using LF sheet film. It's fine with my DSLR of course, but I have a different type of conncection when I'm getting my hands wet and creating something w/o a computer than I do when I sit in front of my computer and process my digital files.

I love both mediums and would never give up the speed, convienence, ease, and results of digital, but when I think of what I truly love or what's "attractive about photography," it's using my older cameras and film.

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Auralien Regular Member • Posts: 174
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I've gone the opposite way.

I find I'm losing interest. It's been many months since I took my Eos 5D2 out of it's case.

Sometimes I wander about with a Panasonic FZ 200, maybe taking 1 or 2 dozen shots.
Then I get home, put them on the laptop.. look at them.. think "What am i going to do with them anyway? Leave them here for a year then delete them?"

... and then I just delete them now.

I'm looking at photography and am failing to see a point to it.

I even look back at commercial work I've done, wedding and portraits, and I know those wedding albums are sitting in the bottom of a wardrobe or in the attic somewhere..
I look back and wonder what the point was (other than to make money, I mean)...

I even reach for the Panasonic now, thinking to go shoot some scenery.. and then think the same "what am i going to do with the photos anyway?", and leave it behind.

I'm thinking that it won't be long before I have completely lost interest; then I'll just box them both up and toss them in the attic.

Manny316
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Expressing my creativity. I'm not a photographer per se. Especially not on the technical level since I over-process my pictures. I prefer to freeze special moments in time and seeing magical moments unfold in front of my eyes. An artist with a camera.

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