Do you take your camera everywhere?

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  1. Dubie

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    I guess the title says it all.

    But I guess it also depends what kind of photography you do to.
     
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    I keep my point and shoot with me all the time, but not my D-SLR. I just don't like the idea of having it sit in my truck, in the Florida heat, for most of the day if I am not using it. Now, when I can afford a waterproof housing, that may be a different story! :mrgreen:
     
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    Wow....A self answered question. Doesn't leave much room for discussion.
     
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    One of my photo instructors always said you need to take it everywhere with you, you need to eat, sleep, and make love with it.

    Personally, making love with/to my camera sounds rather painful and unappealing. Maybe that's just me.

    I think the guy who owned the newspaper company where Clark Kent worked (Superman and Lois Lane's boss) said something similar in the original Superman movie. I think if you're a photojournalist it's probably important to actually have it with you always.

    When I'm on vaction I have it with me everywhere. Most of my shooting is for landscapes, but for that I plan landscape shots ahead of time, so I only have the camera when I'm off to my landscape of choice.
     
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    What about the question doesn't leave much room for discussion? I think there is plenty of room for discussion.

    The problem with taking your camera everywhere is that, to do so, you usually have to choose between the convenience of a small, very limited unit (I'm thinking as basic as a cell phone camera or one of the new wafer thin point and shoot cams) or lugging around what may be a heavy, but most certainly will be a relatively bulky slr of some sort.

    To have really versatile shooting capability with you at all times is, I think, difficult for most of us. There are many times when my point and shoot (and certainly my cell phone) are simply not up to the job, and, so, I skip photo opportunities because I know I will not be happy with the result.

    OTOH, the cell phone that I carry actually has a camera built in that is capable of shooting the sort of pictures I need during the course of my work day, so that I can use those photos and forgo having to carry my more bulky equipment.

    Additionally, while I am a product of the film era, having a digital camera (even a cell phone model) with which you can check the results often is a better option than a more capable film camera.

    If I am shooting to gather onsite evidence, it is more important to do so confidently than to take a chance on shooting film only to review the shots after the fact and discover that I do not have what I need.

    It is absolutely wonderful to be able to whip out my cell phone that is with me 24/7 and grab shots that function for their purpose. These aren't works of art, but, as mentioned before, they serve their purpose and then are destroyed.

    I often find myself in situations where I yearn for my full kit. Unfortunately, there is just no way I can carry my stuff with me all the time.

    I am an avid cycler (bicycle), and my riding takes me through unbelievably beautiful outdoor scenes, most of which, I cannot capture because all I carry is my cell phone camera. My 35 mm stuff is too heavy, and I am not at all in love with the current crop of point and shoot digitals.

    I apologize for being a little long here, but, the above represents my take on carrying/not carrying a camera.

    Caruso
     
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    Caruso...thanks for that answer.

    When I'm driving down the road , I see lots and lots of stuff I would love to stop and shoot. I guess making a trip for just that is not so bad.

    I'm one of those people that run a business from home so I am ball and chained every minute of my day to my office except weekends. A run to the grocery store is a reason to grab the camera. And I guess most of the time that I do leave the house, it is to take pictures.
     
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    I definitely don't take mine everywhere. I plan ahead of time to go out and shoot, and I will take my camera and go for a drive. And even further if I'm going for a walk or a hike I will take just what I need to accomplish my goals.

    However, I am always looking for things to shoot and places that might be of interest. There is a good chance that someday I might have the opportunity to come back.
     
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    I don't take mine everywhere but really wish I would. There are so many cool shots that I have to pass on. I've never really just taken drives for the sake of shootin': perhaps I'll give that a go.

    have a good one
    3Eo
     
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    I almost always take a camera with me when I leave the house. Many times I have no intention of taking any photos, but you never know what might pop up. Worse than lugging a camera around without using it would be to see something that I wanted to photograph, and not have a camera.
     
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    And that's exactly what happen to me. I seen something that was great and the next time I went by, it was gone.
     
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    I agree! I take my camera pretty much everywhere I go. It would suck if you wanted to take a photograph of something, but you didn't have your camera.
     

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