Thinking about making it into a new hobby and I'm curious to see how others got into it.
My gf and I broke up so I needed something to get my mind off her. I have always wanted to get into photography ever since I saw my dad's Canon A-1 when i was a kid.
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Photography has always been there. Dad used to develop b/w in the bathroom when I was little. he used to give me the backing paper from the 120 spools for me to play with. When he got an slr he used to shoot kodachrome.
He gave the slr, a Practika of some ilk, to me when I went to art school. I continued using it until it broke and then bought my own. I used to develop films in my bathroom but then I started using Kodachrome and other slide films.
I started traveling, and taking pictures with my phone.
I wanted to get better at it so I looked up photography techniques, and eventually got frustrated enough with my phone that I got a proper camera. Now the very fact of shooting makes me happy, I always have it with me, it's a nice way to kill time.
Stole my parent's Polaroid when I was a kid. After they found out I blew through some $60 of film, they bought me a bunch of disposable cameras. By the time I got to high school we had flip phone cameras. And then I started buying into DSLR's around 2009
Wanted higher quality nudes of my long distance girlfriend to jerk to when we weren't together. Cell phone quality with no light or composition wasn't doing it for me. Got a Rebel Xt and haven't looked back since.
Went to Washington last year and took my crappy Sony point and shoot. I didn't like how any of the images came out so I bought a Pentax K1000 last year and have been shooting film since June 2015.
Now I shoot Nikon and mainly b/w film. I'll probably skip DSLR's completely and go for a Fuji mirrorless when I make the jump to digital.
Reporting for a small newspaper, it was up to me to shoot photos to go with my stories. Readers are way more likely to read a story if it has good photos, so I tried to improve my photos. And the more I learned, the more I liked shooting photos.
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always been obsessed with the aesthetics a specific atmosphere can create
originally started shooting so I could make inspiration for my music and ended up liking shooting more than making music sometimes
Mix of a couple answers in here.
My dad is a shutterbug despite forever shooting in auto, so I was always around cameras. I auto'd until high school, where I took a photography class where we used Pentax K-1000s. At that time I figured cameras were too expensive so I couldn't get one on my own plus my parents were pissed at me so I just used my iPhone. It worked for me since I was big into Instagram. Kinda forgot that I wanted an actual camera for a while. Then about two years ago I bought a DSLR for myself after realizing my iPhone would never be able to capture certain things.
One day i felt like i need to capture what i see. Then i bought a Lumia 920,partially bc i didn't had a smartphone before,partially bc of the camera superiority. Then 3200, now d610. Just grew onto me.
I always felt inclined towards art and decided to major in graphic design. We had a photography component in our ad design class and several junior and senior projects had photography elements, though usually with school provided DSLRs. I took an intro to photography class then advanced photography and bought my own DSLR. Took what I learned and now I'm directing an animated feature film, a live action film is on the back burner, I got a small graphic novel published and I mostly do photography on the side although it's informed all my projects since I took those classes.
Other than curiosity and a photography course in lower secondary school, I didn't really take pictures. Then I met my girlfriend, who was a photography student at the time (now graduated & pro) and shot film. She showed me how to operate an SLR and gave me some film and (C41!) developed those with me, after seeing them scanned I was hooked even though the pictures were shit.
I also needed a hobby anyway, got too burnt out of music and DESU I still don't feel it like I once used to.
Kinda just posted this in another thread but here it goes...
My father was a professional photographer, every house I lived in had a darkroom & studio. Anyways I moved at the age of 5 however my father had to stay in the country of origin due to work (language barrier with the new country) it wasn't until I was 16 i picked up a camera to try it out. I get to see my father a bunch now but growing up he was always busy and being in the darkroom always reminded me of him, since I always say by him as he worked when he was around. Eventually I got better and I did it as a hobby.
I work for a small marketing company that produces specialized magazines. My boss didn't want to keep paying photographers to do shoots for us and asked me to pick up a camera/lens for the company and another coworker would be our staff photographer.
I always like to make myself available for more responsibility and opportunities so I bought myself the same camera (D5100) and started learning the mechanics of photography in my spare time. Our graphic designers were very frustrated with my coworkers performance (WAY too many picture, unedited, he didn't even go through and cull it down to just the good ones). Eventually there came a shoot where he wasn't able to make it and I volunteered. I brought back much better photos and also culled, edited and organized them for the designers to use.
After that I was the in house photographer (I'm a web developer mostly). I've really been enjoying it and I've gotten to go to Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Colorado for shoots. I'll be going to Texas and California in the next couple months too which should be fun.
I've expanded my personal kit to include flashes, stands, umbrellas, and nicer lenses (as well as upgrading to a D7000 after my D5100's shutter died). I think I might start setting up a website for myself soon and see if I can pull in some additional clients to fund my gear acquisition and then maybe move into doing this full time. I've always wanted to make films so I've also picked up a shoulder rig, built a boom pole and purchased a Rode NTG2 and Tascam DR-60D MkII. A friend and I are gonna start writing and filming some shorts to get some practice and hopefully expand our skill sets. Hopefully i'll be able to start offering a video service or pitch it as an idea to my boss as a trial offering and I can get myself some better equipment and more time to work on it/learn editing etc.
Went to an anime convention on a whim a few years ago. Took a few photos with a shitty point and shoot camera. I just got the itch to get more into photography, cosplay/convention photography mostly. Bought an entry level DSLR and started reading a lot of tutorials and watching videos just trying to learn as much as I can. I'm still not confident enough to post any of my photos on /p/ because cosplay photography is pleb tier and I'm average at best at it anyway. I still love it though.
>Why did you get into photography
>needing a hobby
>impress a girl
Why not just go and lift instead? Photography is pretty much a money pit and won't get you chicks. Most photographers are fat, awkward and beta.
My dad owned his own photography shop back in the day, so I was interested in his old canon rebel and old photography equipment he had.
I ended up buying my own camera to take with me while fishing if I'm not getting any bites
Oddly enough it was from coming here I think.
I always had an interest in taking pictures of places and things I found interesting, but I never thought I'd do much with it. After spending some time on this website and only ever visiting /g/ and /adv/, I was browsing the list of other 4chan boards and found Photography under creative. I clicked on it and there was a thread asking for C&C, so I started reading and after having read a post where somebody mentioned the "rule of thirds", it dawned on me that there is this whole big world of people who are great at making images that people pay them to make, that photography extends far beyond the Canon powershot I'd bought a few years prior to take snapshots of my trip to Sweden.
After that I dove into forums for hours, reading about camera techniques and cameras, and I came across DRTV and started researching my first D-SLR. That was almost 4 years ago now. It's great to think that all of it stuck with me. I'm not a professional by any means and I've got a lot to learn and master, but it's really nice to have something that not only makes me come alive, but also distracts me from my crippling neuroses and deficiencies.
Lifting isn't a bad idea but it's not like you can't lift and do photography too. And you don't have to sink money into photography either, some of us only do that either because we get paid for our work or because we just really like having nice gear.
2 different people in my family had DSLRs and a conversation I realized I didn't know much about cameras. Like the autist I am I went on a web search binge, learning everything I could about cameras and especially lenses. After about a year I settled on film and have been shooting occasionally for a bit over 2 years.
You can pick up a really nice used D-SLR and some cheap primes or third-party lenses, you can get a cheap film camera and manual lenses, you can even just get a Ricoh GR. You don't have to have the latest and greatest Canikony and then pair them with the most expensive lenses you can get your hands on. Some people enjoy photography on yesterday's cameras or just cheaper cameras; yes you will be limited if you spend less money but you don't *have* to spend top dollar to enjoy your craft or hobby.
I just thought it looked cool. I do video production (at least, that's my major) and I figured it'd be fun to do. I shot a small video on a T3i that I rented from the school library as a freshman and decided to just get my own that following summer. One of the best purchases I ever made. It's taken me out of being a /v/irgin too, I haven't spent money on games in months.
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I took blurry selfies with a laggy facecam and saw my artist spirit screaming at me in the face
Can't run from fate, can't run from genius' fate.
My father bought one of those "bridge" cameras for family use... but I was pretty much the only one interested in using it. Eventually I just ignored auto mode and tried to learn about manual modes, which led me to learn basic principles of exposure etc. One day, got my first DSLR -- a 450D with kit lens -- and since then I've been trying to learn photography properly. Been shooting for 5 years or so now, and I feel this is the only thing I can do for a living.
I wanted to get some high quality images of myself nude for my porn channel. Wanting to film a lot of pov for profit later on this month. I've only been shooting photographs for about 3 months, so I'm still pretty beginner.
I'm a self taught engineer and technology nut. Photography balanced me out and took my mind off technology. Part of the choice was that the act of using technology to make art meant learning the mechanics of it all was easy. Learning how cameras work and how everything effects the light hitting the sensor took a day or two so it was easy to focus on the art and not the gear.
Why not do both? Why do so many people think you can only have 1 hobby. Granted I don't have kids, but I work ~50hrs a week and still have time to lift, photog, draw, hike, read books, and studyba second language...
I took a photography class to fulfill an art requirement to graduate from Dartmouth. People said the professor was stupid easy and it was the best art class to keep my GPA up with minimal risk. I completely blew off the class and put in zero effort, I spent every meeting joking around with friends saying that this or that shitty picture had ideal rule of thirds or "Bresson would be proud". I got an A and I thought that was that. However when I came back for winter term a friend of mine asked me to come photograph an event called Theta-Roo (It was like some sorority music-y thing). Feeling obligated to put in some effort for my friend I read up on photography and tried to do my best.
The pictures were appallingly bad, I was never asked to photograph another thing in my entire time there. But from that point I was hooked and wanted to keep improving only for the interest of my self. I ended up going back to that professor and apologizing for being such a jerk.
In all honesty, I got tired of overpriced tickets to events/concerts/shows that I wanted to go to (or they'd be sold out within 10 minutes of opening up to buy). So I played a gambit by investing in some cameras, learning the craft, and working for magazines so I could get press passes to everything I could want (and more).
Fair warning: I've gained very little money doing it, did not quit my day job, and it took a few years before it actually picked up some momentum. Also, I started with a bunch of local/small websites before working (irregularly) with actual magazines.
I travel a bit and I always used to take just photos with my phone or point and shoot. One time I was in a hostel and I was talking with one of the people staying there and she was really into photography and I think that's kinda what convinced me to pick up a DSLR and learn on my next trip.
In high school there was a media class where they taught us all sorts of things like screen printing and shit and one of the weeks was a photography course where we developed our own film
Our teacher gave us all a camera to use and just said to take it wherever we went and take photos of things we thought were interesting with some basic photography guidelines like rule of thirds, leading lines, etc
At the time I was really into it but it was until years later I realized that I really enjoyed it. I regret that I dont have any of the photos or the negatives I developed from that exercise because I don't really even remember what I took pictures of
I can answer the first one and have an idea for the second one. I made my number one hobby a job, and the sad truth is it doesn't feel as fun and fulfilling anymore. There's a lot of stuff you never have to do when it's just a hobby, and turns out I don't want to do those things at all.
So because I didn't feel like spending my free time on the same thing that was now my job, I felt like I didn't have anything sensible and fun to do in my free time. I didn't just pick photography out of the blue, I tried many different things and photography was the most fun, so I kept doing it.
I have felt like quitting the now-job hobby a number of times, because it's not so fun anymore. In a sense I maybe have, because I do very little of it anymore unless it's paid.
I greatly admired the darkness of Eugene W. Smith. I backed away when I considered the emotional pain I would be witness to. I sold the darkroom.
So let's see
Prostitutes phrase in pic related was a popular thing to say back when I was in junior high but has nothing to do with anything
Went from a p&s to a bridge (because I wasn't very good with gear) then DSLR in a matter of 3 years. It's enjoyable when you have subjects to photograph but lately my attention has been fixed on other things like writing for other boards and potential m8s
I'm a remote sensing guy, and I picked up a couple cheap DSLRs with prime lenses for quickly making archaeology-oriented elevation maps.
About a month after I did that I realized that they were also cameras that I could use for taking pictures of something other than dirt.