Funny Observation

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  1. maxalmon

    maxalmon TPF Noob!

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    Over the last few days I've noticed that when I'm out and about in public places with my camera and gear, people treat me different.

    As an experiment, I puton some dark sunglasses and just watched people watching me. Granted a 700 with battery pack and 24-70 sigma is a little more obvious than a coolpix, people will open doors for me, people stare at me, they point, they ask a lot of questions, some stupid, some not...

    People strain their eyes trying to read the name/make of my camera, almost like camera envy...weird. Even caught one guy stalking me, tried tying his shoes so he could bend down to read the camera make, then followed me for a few stores (I was watching him thru window reflections) which is odd because my camera came with this obnoxious strap that says NIKON D700 in huge letters and it's hanging from my neck,

    I've actually gotten two jobs by simply walking around a shopping district, 2 older ladies walked up to me and asked "are you a photographer" and then wanted to know if I'd take some holiday photos of their pets.
     
  2. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Please tell me that's not really a market segment that can be tapped into? :confused:
     
  3. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Boudoire shots for women over 60? Most definitely an untapped market! :lol: :lol:
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    when in zoos I notice that lots of people will stop (even holding back kids) so as not ot walk infront of the camera - of course they all assume that at some point some big flash or sound will come from the camera- the shot will be taken and I will move on, allowing them to move again.
    Nope ;) - I could be in one spot for ages - so I have to wave them through.

    Only problem is when out with family they take advantage of that - they crowed infront of me after the big (professional!) lens clears everyone else out of the way!........
     
  5. maxalmon

    maxalmon TPF Noob!

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    I'm going to go walking around today and put this therory to a test, figure the dog park is a good place to start and then the public shopping districts. I even scored a job at a local boutique as I was just walking around inside of the store doing some actual shopping, walked up to counter, sat my camera down, payed for my candle and the owner said "wow, thats a huge camera are you a photographer" I said that I'm turning it into a business as I just retired, then I asked her if she needed some photographs for her advertising. I told her, let me take 2 or 3 photos inside the store right now and I'll bring them back to you on disk at no charge. I took several good photos and brought them back to her the next day, she was totally shocked and really happy. I simply handed her the disk, told her to enjoy the images and if she needed any more to call me. Called me couple of days ago and I'll be doing some interior shots of her store and some product shots for her Dec advertising. $150 for an hours work.
     
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    Dont even try and tell me that when you guys are walking around somewhere and you see an slr you don't stop looking at it till you figure out what mind of camera it is... LOL
     
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    if u really want to freak em out slap on a fong diffuser...
     
  8. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Different places react differently. I walk around with a D200 w/battery grip (95% the same as your D700 w/battery grip physically) and a 70-200 lens with a SB-800 on top and barely get glanced at the whole day of shooting in the city.
     
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    that's because they steer clear of you after they read your shirt and see loose wires and battery packs hanging out of your cactus triggers....
     
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    LOL!
     
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    hehehe :lol:

    That was funny.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    "Yes, but you'll have to move the cat". :lmao:


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