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02/27/2003 12:04:43 AM · #1
Why do you take photographs? Who do you show your photographs to?


Bob
02/27/2003 12:09:00 AM · #2
Why not? Friends and family love to look at them
02/27/2003 12:18:52 AM · #3
I love taking pictures because its my passion and because I plan on making a living out of it in a few years. Most of the pictures I take I show my fiancee and a bunch of them I email to my parents and friends back in California.
02/27/2003 12:19:53 AM · #4
It's a wonderful fun hobby and I can meet boys :) Honestly, I do it for fun. It's become a very wonderful passion for me. I love to challenge myself and learn new things and this has been great for that. The change I see from my first entry here to now is amazing to me. I have to say I learned it all on DPC and from Setz. He's a geek but that's another story:)

Message edited by author 2003-02-27 00:20:27.
02/27/2003 12:28:07 AM · #5
I'll QUOTE Shiizzzzam (even tho she said not to) :) in saying it's a great hobby for me as well. I post my pics here and on PBase for family and friends to see, and recently bought a Canon i950 printer to make 8 x 10's of pics that I'm going to decorate my walls with. :)

If you are looking for a photo printer get the i950. I'm amazed. If you need 13 x 19 wait for the i9100 however.

Anyway, it's loads of fun and I like the competition, etc.

02/27/2003 12:39:49 AM · #6
i love the thought of being able to stop that one moment in time...a moment that can never be repeated.
02/27/2003 12:47:35 AM · #7
guess I really had not thought of it... it's just plain fun... it gives me a chance to express myself artistically in a medium I think I can do well at... I have a long way to go, but I think DPC has really helped! I love to share the shots with friends, family, and co-workers... they are probably tired of the my emails by now though... :o)

Message edited by author 2003-02-27 00:56:16.
02/27/2003 01:00:54 AM · #8
To record the beauty I see around me, which I never saw before I bought my digital camera.

Very often now, I see something, for example, like the frozen mist on the trees around my house this morning against a brilliant blue sky, and think what an awesome photo it would make. Sometimes the photo works, most times it doesn't, but that's due to my inexperience with correct camera settings in general.

I have found that taking photos is a wonderful creative outlet for me. I've always wanted to be artistic (either in a form of art or in music), and so far this has been the most successful medium for me.

I show my photos to friends and family, but my partner sees all of my work and provides valuable input.

Message edited by author 2003-02-27 01:01:54.
02/27/2003 01:18:13 AM · #9
I take photos to complement my 3D work. It's nice to get out into the real world and experience it in all its chaotic, decaying, REAL beauty. 3D modeling and animation is what I love, but it feels too controlled and stifling sometimes.
02/27/2003 02:02:28 AM · #10
because it makes me see, which I didn't do before.
02/27/2003 05:38:50 AM · #11
Like that answer, Gordon.

One of my main reasons for taking photos is that I can't draw. Also because it's so easy now: digi, laptop, and hey presto! Add a bit of web space, and you have your own gallery too. The picture=1000 words thing is most cliched, but remains true, also.

Mostly because it's fun though - especially when you see that moment and you have your camera with you and it turns out the way you wanted it to.

E my site

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02/27/2003 09:21:12 AM · #12
I love to take photographs so

1. I can capture that moment in time and have a visual memory either on paper or in the computer

2. Take an ordinary object ... look at it a different angle and create a beautiful piece of art with it

3. Over all it's really fun and a great conversation piece when you are out in public either laying on the ground or even just positioning yourself all weird - just to get that great shot

Photography has been in my life for as long as i can remember ... but just recently it's kinda taken over this past year ... I agree with Gordon in that I certainly "see things" differently ... it's just a great hobby! And i'm glad we can all share our experiences through this site
02/27/2003 09:29:33 AM · #13
Because I can.

Of course that's a matter of opinion, but I've always been a bit of a perfectionist. If I'm going to do something then I want it done well. If I didn't think that I could take good photographs and get better at it then I don't think I'd want to do it. I also love art, traveling, the outdoors, and history. Photography just seems to fit.
02/27/2003 09:49:16 AM · #14
Hmmm... why do I do anything? That's a tough question. I suppose that photography is my hobby. Since it is my hobby, it is my 'escape' from the daily grind. I do it for relaxation mainly. It also gives me an excuse to go places I have never been before looking for photo opportunities.

Gordon said it well also... As I have developed my interest in photography, I have learned to see things that I would have otherwise overlooked...

I don't really show my work to many people other than here at dpc anymore. I have all but stopped uploading to photosig and deviantart. I don't upload to bestfoto anymore and I only occasionally submit anything to digitalphotocontest. I keep most of my stuff in my pbase folder that is linked below...

02/27/2003 09:53:04 AM · #15
My interest started with a really simple digital camera that I took along with me when I traveled on business to snap a few shots of the places I saw.

Then I looked at my pictures and thought "that's not what I saw there at all."

So I started hanging out in places like this to get tips, reading books/magazines, and taking more and more photos.

Soon enough I realized that it had become a full-blown obsession.
02/27/2003 10:00:51 AM · #16
Why do I take photographs. Quess its something I enjoy doing. Most of my photos aren't good enough except to show family and a few friends
02/27/2003 10:01:03 AM · #17
I guess photography has become the outlet for my creative talents (or lack thereof) since I packed in DJing. It also gets me out of the house a lot more often where I would previously have been sat in front of a computer/pair of turntables/TV all weekend.

I show my photos to friends & work colleauges, oh and to 200+ people here every week : )
02/27/2003 10:09:47 AM · #18
I take pictures because I like to, I can be part of this web site, and watch people complain aboot bad gremmer ans spellin.

02/27/2003 10:32:54 AM · #19
Because they exist! :-D
02/27/2003 10:44:34 AM · #20
It's hard for me to put it into words. I just do it.

Message edited by author 2003-02-27 10:47:32.
02/27/2003 11:28:58 AM · #21
poetry in images

or the attempt at least!
02/27/2003 02:46:58 PM · #22
Originally posted by e301:

One of my main reasons for taking photos is that I can't draw.


Bingo... That's why I do it too.

Initially, the only folks that saw them were Friends and family. Then a few months ago, I found a web site of like minded lunatics, so my audience has grown :)
02/27/2003 02:59:10 PM · #23
Because I can?

No seriously...

I've been into photography since I was a small kid - and I begged for my first SLR when I was 12. Used it a LOT too and spent ages learning what everything meant - all that wonderful new terminology - aperture, DOF, fish-eye!!! Set up a dark room at school (in a disused kiln room) and took an extra school exam in photography, non taught. How sad is that?!

I really love travel photography the most. I don't mean pictures of spouse in front of Trevi fountain/ Eiffel Tower/ marauding lion...

I am currently even more inactive in terms of DPC entries than before we picked up the new digital before Xmas because I am concentrating on taking photos for the evening class projects.

It's BW film stuff which I do love. Digital is great and I am happy to be digital too but I also love the thrill of a physical darkroom.

In the mean time I learn more and more just be viewing the work of all of the entrants here and also by commenting on images here.

I know there has been more than one time that I've been wondering around with a friend and oohed and aahed over something I've noticed that I think would make a great photo only to have the friend state they hadn't even noticed it.

So perhaps it does help me see in a different way?

OR perhaps I already saw in a different way which is why I was so strongly drawn to photography as a kid...

Message edited by author 2003-02-27 14:59:46.
02/27/2003 07:08:33 PM · #24
Hmm. Well, because I like to remember each moment and revisit it. ... and because I cannot draw or paint :P

By the way, tonight I just succeeded in creating my very first DVD slideshow all put to music with nice transitions! Now my friend can enjoy her daughter's 7th birthday party and her wonderful child ways (which won't last long!) at home on her television *grin*.

... on to the next! :0)
02/27/2003 07:31:16 PM · #25
I take some photographs because the scene, event, etc has captured my eye and my imagination.

I take other photographs because I believe I can turn them into reasonable works of art (or into a challenge entry).

Finally, I take other photographs because someone pays me to.
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