When amateur is gear-haunted

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Kanashi
Kanashi Forum Member • Posts: 62
When amateur is gear-haunted
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I wanted to share with you my (horribly written) story about how I got like 6 different cameras in two years, because I was obsessed with getting the camera that would take me to the pro level of photography.

There you can read it

I was also on this website so much during that time, asking for help when I did every choice, it must have been so much annoying. So thanks to all people that helped me.

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Phil A Martin
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Kanashi wrote:

I wanted to share with you my (horribly written) story about how I got like 6 different cameras in two years, because I was obsessed with getting the camera that would take me to the pro level of photography.

There you can read it

I was also on this website so much during that time, asking for help when I did every choice, it must have been so much annoying. So thanks to all people that helped me.

Gear doesn't get you to pro level, only skill and talent can do that.

Kanashi
OP Kanashi Forum Member • Posts: 62
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Yes, that's exactly why I sold all at the end and get some cheap old Canon cameras and lenses:) I was taking photos with 40D & 50/1.8 for two years and this year finally allowed myself to get some new pieces.

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a_c_skinner Forum Pro • Posts: 10,594
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Sadly this phenomenon is driven by a lot of advice given in these fora and similar.

Tuition or books would go well into the mix.

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Kanashi
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Yeah, but it's everywhere. Not just there.

And mostly at places, where people do not totally understand photography and are just laughing at your gear that is old/cheap/small (literally, would you trust more a photographer with little camera or with big bulky lens?! but at least that is now getting better, with mirrorless cameras gaining on popularity).

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a_c_skinner Forum Pro • Posts: 10,594
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Occasionally on here people do wonder if they will get more work if they have a bigger camera.

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theworstphotographerontheinternet Regular Member • Posts: 181
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Kanashi wrote:

I wanted to share with you my (horribly written) story about how I got like 6 different cameras in two years, because I was obsessed with getting the camera that would take me to the pro level of photography.

It's so easy to get hung-up over what your using when you're new to photography. Whenever I feel the pull of new gear, I make a point of looking at sample images taken using the camera/lenses I currently own. That helps to remind me of exactly what my current set-up is able to achieve in the right hands (i.e. someone else's!).

All Bushs Fault Regular Member • Posts: 254
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Phil A Martin wrote:

Kanashi wrote:

I wanted to share with you my (horribly written) story about how I got like 6 different cameras in two years, because I was obsessed with getting the camera that would take me to the pro level of photography.

There you can read it

I was also on this website so much during that time, asking for help when I did every choice, it must have been so much annoying. So thanks to all people that helped me.

Gear doesn't get you to pro level, only skill and talent can do that.

There are professional photographers who have neither.

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Mark Scott Abeln
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All Bushs Fault wrote:

Phil A Martin wrote:

Gear doesn't get you to pro level, only skill and talent can do that.

There are professional photographers who have neither.

The art of photography is not the same thing as the art of selling photographic services.

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cutterpup
cutterpup Senior Member • Posts: 1,244
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I enjoyed reading your story.  Although i don't own one for my current camera brand, Nikon, the 70-200 2.8 was my favorite lens when I was doing livestock portraits with Pentax.

Work with what you have now and keep at it. But seek out some instruction/guidance from people whose photography you admire and respect. Never stop learning.

Best of luck.

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Kanashi
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They do have a skill to sell their photos

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Kanashi
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Yeh! That's what I'm doing too. I'm now ok with my gear (I just needed something over 10mpix for microstocks, but that's somehow reasonable).

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Kanashi
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Thanks so much for reading it!
I'm learning every day my whole life, at everything I'm doing. And I started taking photos  for myself/others but not in a way ,,I would like to get 100 likes" but in a way "I would like to please pet owners/people that will my photo actually use but I don't care if it wouldn't get enough exposure".

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cutterpup
cutterpup Senior Member • Posts: 1,244
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Kanashi wrote:

Thanks so much for reading it!
I'm learning every day my whole life, at everything I'm doing. And I started taking photos for myself/others but not in a way ,,I would like to get 100 likes" but in a way "I would like to please pet owners/people that will my photo actually use but I don't care if it wouldn't get enough exposure".

From what I have seen, pet photography is either saturated or has been replaced by owners doing it themselves with cell phones.  Around me the market is also heavy with folks doing horse photography.  I carved out my spot by catering to small farmers and 4-H kids and specialize in livestock portraits of  chickens, cattle, swine.

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JustUs7 Senior Member • Posts: 1,556
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We recently upgraded all our gear. The motive to buy was driven by taking our old stuff all over the country and the camera body and our main lens quite literally falling apart. Cosmetic mostly, but just the same.  Rubber grips coming off.  That kind of thing.

I will say the new gear (mirrorless full frame) has made things easier to understand and execute vs our old entry level DSLR.  Also, the additional funds spent on a couple decent primes have improved portraits of kids. But fast primes would’ve helped with our old body too.

Most of my improvements this year have come from reading and understanding more about what I want to do in certain situations with particular subjects.

What I really need to work on (and where the pros have a significant edge) is composition and understanding how to pose subjects.  I also want to understand light  better.  I have a speed light that does okay with bounce and fill. I don’t need a big studio set. But I would like to get a decent reflector to use outdoors to fill a bit with natural light shots.  I wouldn’t know what to do with it if I had one right now.

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john isaacs Veteran Member • Posts: 4,934
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Kanashi wrote:

I wanted to share with you my (horribly written) story about how I got like 6 different cameras in two years, because I was obsessed with getting the camera that would take me to the pro level of photography.

There you can read it

I was also on this website so much during that time, asking for help when I did every choice, it must have been so much annoying. So thanks to all people that helped me.

The moral of this story: don't sell your gear.  You'll just wind up buying it back again.

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Kanashi
OP Kanashi Forum Member • Posts: 62
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To be honest, I'm glad I did it all. Because now I know, what I do like and what is the camera I'm enjoying. It was my pricy lesson (but I sold most of the gear for a good price, most of the time the same as I bought it).

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Kanashi
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That's so cool! Yes, pet and horses photography is oversaturated where I live too, on the other hand, people are still looking for new photographers to get new photos. I'm thinking about do more rodents and cats, as they are not portrayed that much as dogs and horses. But I want to keep this as a hobby - I'm not able to promote myself and talk to people that well.

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