Interested in Photography

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  1. b3@ut1ful_d1s@st3r

    b3@ut1ful_d1s@st3r TPF Noob!

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    I'm thinking of making photography a career. I've never used a professional camera, I don't have any experience, and I've never taken any photography classes before. I just like to take pictures with my digital camera and I like to take pictures. How do I start off at becoming a professional photographer. Should I apprentice or should i go to college and take classes. I'm completely lost on how to get the ball rolling to becoming a phootgrapher. Can someone explain photography basics to me?

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    Markw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The basics, build up your arsenal. At least learn as much as you can about artistic photography and at least get a SLR first. To see if you like it. Get a good understanding of colors, composition, camera settings, SLR everything basically. THEN and only then, try and see if you still want to persue. It is much more complicated than people usually presume.

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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Taking a course in photography will help.
    There are many, many things to know about using the tools ... ie camera, lighting, printing ... and about working with objects and people.

    You get more feedback from a course.

    The world of professional photography is vast ... portrait, wildlife, landscapes, industrial, commercial ... books, calendars, wedding, brochures, magazines ...
     
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    +1 on Mark get a dslr, shoot around with it for a while, and see if u like it and think you would like to stick with it
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hmm, I do not think a single post could sum that up.
     
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    Markw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Also, check prices on DSLR's, and all the many types of lenses. Then look at Photoshop CS4 prices, then look at external harddrives, look at all the accessories, flash, tripod, bag, filters, etc etc. that is what throws many people off. try that.

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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Photography is about mentally visualizing what you see/sense ... then having the technical ability to produce a print/image that reflects that mental vision.
     
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    DXQCANADA, Very well put.
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yeah thanks ... I think I will add that to my signature.
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Become a friggin awesome serious hobbiest first.

    Keep in mind, it's not cheap. Sure you can get a $400 camera with lens and call yourself a pro, but without spending time to learn and spending money on gear, you'll never be as good as some one that has knowledge and equipment.
     
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    I really don't think you need to be adding anything else to your signature.. Its already to big.
     
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    Do you live in an area, or are willing to move to an area in which photography could provide you with a good income?
     

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