Should I continue or stop?

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  1. AlexColeman

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    Yeah, divergence and exploration are key to keeping your skills fresh, and photography fun.


     
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    if you have ask yourself this question then you already know the answer. thats my opinion.
     
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    its fine not to like all types of photography.

    Some love portraits, hate macro, like landscape, hate sports... whatever floats your boat.
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm in. Anyone want a 5D MKII. I figure it's worth about $800 to me now.
     
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    You are all correct. I will need to broaden my photography and see what I really like. I am currently interested in nude photography and I am learning about lighting, shadows and the rest before I attempt it. Thank you for the suggestions.
     
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    The fact that you're even asking tells me it's not very much fun for you.

    I don't think I would have kept doing something I didn't like for 3 months though, so maybe you've just grown bored with it. I would just hang on to the gear you have, and if you don't pursue it further you'll just have really nice snapshots. If you do decide you like it, you'll still have your stuff.

    Wait for better weather...
     
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    All I have to say is if I gave up every activity I undertook after the 3 month hump, I wouldn't have experienced much in this life...
     
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    lol, sounds like me, i just up and bought a D200 with the sb800, and a couple lenses and 24 Gigs in memory cards and about 4 or 5 batteries just because i thought to myself, "hey, I should buy some camera equipment"
     
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    The "3 month hump"? I don't think I would continue to participate in an activity that I didn't like for 3 months, and I certainly wouldn't invest as much money as photography often requires in said activity...

    A4Effort, I think you're just getting bored/burned out. Give it a little time and wait for it to warm up. If you still feel the same in six months, at least you'll have some good gear for snapshots of the kids (or whatever you take snapshots of).

    It happens to all of us at some point (I think). You either pick it back up later, or you don't.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    you pretty much described the 3 month h ump on your own. the 3 month hump is what i call that plateau where you are just frustrated and bored for many reasons. At this point in any activity you are usually frustrated because you are putting forth more effort than it seems you are getting results/rewards in return. It seems like you are not getting any better, you're nowhere close to your heroes, and the people you admire in said activity, etc. etc. And as you said, this is the point where you usually drop it or suck it up and carry on.

    Not being the person I have no idea what's going on in their head. Is it just frustration, or just plain dislike for the activity? I have no idea...I'm not this person. That's a choice they alone can make.

    I was just referencing that period of time everyone faces when undertaking something new. I've experienced it myself numerous times, from martial arts to education. And there's been plenty of times where my mind has told me "this isn't for you" but my desire to see it through carried me forward, and in the end, my mind was actually wrong...I was glad to see it through, even if just for the knowledge.

    If it truly is not for you, no harm in putting it down and moving on with your life...but you have to be sure it really isn't for you, and its not just your frustrated mind, trying to rationalize for you.
     
  12. Aye-non Oh-non Imus

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    Either stick it out a bit longer and pull your boot straps up or relinquish to your new name of Nancy.

    Where's your body of work over the past three months? Do you have a link? If so, I might change my mind.
     

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