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Why do you take photographs? atpaula (196)::2008-11-27 15:22
Whats makes me spend so much money in equipment, travelling, magazines, books, time, etc... if I`m not a pro photographer?
First of all it`s the pleasure to see a beautiful (in my concept) image in the display of my camera. It`s my perspective of our world.
Second, it`s so much fun to share it with friends! I could say that the comments we receive in this sites, besides the improvement of our technique, are one of the reasons that keeps us taking photos!
I`d like to know about your (non professional) reeasons.
best regards
Re: Why do you take photographs? appalcarp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1117 W: 154 N: 633] (4198)::2008-11-27 18:30
For one thing, there are a LOT of people who spend much time and money, perhaps even far beyond a 'pro' as you call it, take better pictures, and simply enjoy the craft as a hobby. I simply love taking pictures and using it as a form of self-improvement. While I don't have a 'smashing' camera, it's quite adequate and does the job with the lenses that I got for it. I think it depends on what kind of 'pro' one is/was. Somebody who simply shoots kids at a school each day doing the same ol/same ol each day is more like a 'factory' photographer while someone who shoots for the National Geographic is quite a bit different. And there are those 'in-betweeners' whom perhaps do both.

Simply the joy and the challenge of a nice shot as well as keeping a 'record' for posterity's sake in our families would be another. Even then you want the best possible shot in the best light at the best time.

I think that kind of sums it up.
Re: Why do you take photographs? atpaula (196)::2008-11-28 15:05
Thanks Gary,
Your words "..the challenge of a nice shot..." and "with the best possible shot in the best light at the best time" are perfect for me.
I`m not good in expressing myself and what you said fullfilled what I intended to say.
best regards
Aguinaldo
Re: Why do you take photographs? melvin_p_v Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 17 N: 15] (170)::2009-05-09 20:56
I do takes photos to tell my story. I used to take a picture of most of the rooms that I sleep in as my previous job entails a lot of traveling.

Now with all the websites available for digital photography learning, I am able to take a better understanding of how to improve the quality of photos I am taking.

For now, it is a hobby that I want to make sure that most of the activities I participate, people I met and places I have been are recorded in photographs. The quality is not professional yet I know I have a story to tell when I see the photographs.
Re: Why do you take photographs? appalcarp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1117 W: 154 N: 633] (4198)::2009-05-10 19:59
That's one of the reasons why 'war correspondent' photographers take pictures, they like the history of that moment in time for posterity. If one uses it as a 'log' also then that's plogging. Sometimes video is better for some things but a still can make quite an impact at times.
Re: Why do you take photographs? jobaluyot Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 20] (248)::2009-08-12 7:45
I like to take photos because I learn about the subjects in my viewfinder. I am drawn mostly to street photography, so more often than not, I need to talk to my subjects. Also, it's about preserving a moment in time that may never happen again.
Re: Why do you take photographs? SurinderSingh (10)::2011-11-06 9:37
Being, Artist / Poet & Writer / Photographer...
Photography is the easiest and best for Artist to pursue creation...

Surinder Singh
Re: Why do you take photographs? appalcarp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1117 W: 154 N: 633] (4198)::2011-11-10 6:47
Agreed, I also have good artist friends who take pictures first, then do 'hands on' art based on what they've recorded, and they do a dandy fine job of it as well. I'm exploring some of the apps that iPad2 has since there are some that render pics to 'cartoon' or pencil type sketches and then you can just use your fingers for other enhancements.