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10/09/2005 01:45:11 AM · #1
I'm curious as to what people are using their photography skills for. I mean, what are your goals/where are you going? There are so many talented people here and I'd love to know how these great abilities are being used. How many use photography as a means of earning a living, who else plans to and in what way? What other purposes and uses do your talents serve?

10/09/2005 09:16:11 AM · #2
Not a professional, don't earn any money. My goal is to take pictures that don't suck.
10/09/2005 09:19:36 AM · #3
Originally posted by strangeghost:

Not a professional, don't earn any money. My goal is to take pictures that don't suck.

LMAO....ditto...I just want to able to take photos I can look at and say 'Hey...that's pretty good'.

P.S. Now I look at things much more differently. My job won't allow me to carry my camera with me (I'm on dirt roads 1/2 the day). But, I look around and say 'What a cool/nice photo that would make'.

Message edited by author 2005-10-09 09:23:27.
10/09/2005 09:24:16 AM · #4
I am intending on going pro eventually, mostly nature and landscapes, and my ultimate goal would be getting in Nat Geo, but that's a ways off. Right now I'm starting to get things together to start doing art shows and submitting to stock agencies.
10/09/2005 09:44:16 AM · #5
Hi, I'm new around here - so I'll say hello and answer your question too. :)

I started out with the intention of taking pictures that didnít suck too. However I made the mistake of having a "showing" of the photographs I took on my Weddingmoon in Alaska during my reception - and so many people started asking me to take pictures of their kids, events, houses for sale, company picnics and on and on and on that I decided to go semi-pro so that I was making something back for my time. I have diddly for equipment and run EXTREMELY low budget, and let everyone know that there are no promises for results. I like it though, and my goal is to do this full time. A kind of Jill-of-all- trades that mickeymouses lighting solutions and whose camera bag looks like the graveyard of pilfered parts and duct-tape. LOL

I have a hard time looking at photography as my other job, I still think of it as my obsessive-hobby.

10/09/2005 03:00:49 PM · #6
Originally posted by strangeghost:

Not a professional, don't earn any money. My goal is to take pictures that don't suck.

I think you're there dude. You have some nice shots. I hope to just catch up with you.

10/09/2005 03:05:18 PM · #7
No goals for me, it's just the pleasure of the hobby. I'm here for the journey, not a destination.
10/09/2005 03:13:51 PM · #8
I like to take pictures that are good... I just love photography and would like to maybe sell some pictures someday.
10/09/2005 03:16:29 PM · #9
Professional for the last 10 years or so. It's not as much fun as it sounds. Turning pro was a great way to ruin a great hobby. But, I can't imgine doing anything else!
10/09/2005 03:23:25 PM · #10
Originally posted by MeThoS:

Turning pro was a great way to ruin a great hobby.

I've wondered about that.
10/09/2005 03:37:53 PM · #11
im hopin to be pro one day but not sure yet. i do get assignments n stuff to shoot. shooting for work feels different than shooting for fun. but in terms of work it still is sweet, and youre gettin better all the time.
10/09/2005 03:50:36 PM · #12
My goal is to take photos that convey an emotion, thought, or view so that those who see it will "get" it. That's one reason why DPC is a great site for me. I like to write also, and my goals for both hobbies are somewhat the same, just through a different medium.

I'm also a very sentimental person and I like being able to use my hobby to recall events, people, or other special times in my own life.

I would love to be able to have this hobby pay for itself by occassionally doing photos for others, and by selling prints.
10/09/2005 04:11:16 PM · #13
For me it is a HUDGE hobby and a part time income. I take pictures everyday. I love to do it. I love to sell them too. People saw my pictures and started asking me to take pictures of them, just like notesinstones. That is how it started. I only do two jobs a month. If I did more than that I don't think it would be fun anymore.
10/09/2005 04:23:34 PM · #14
I'm just an amateur, but I'm hoping to get a job offer from Playboy sometime soon.
10/09/2005 04:46:25 PM · #15
Hobby. Just about learning how to use all the functions of my camera (goal 1)

Eventually I'd like to try an art show and maybe some stock - though stock is not as interesting to me

Love turquoise919 comment that it's the journey not the destination. I wish I could get out of the habit of setting myself measurable goals to work towards in an obsessional fashion. I guess I shouldn't have stopped taking those tablets.
10/09/2005 05:03:52 PM · #16
my goal is to become better tomorrow then I was yesterday.
10/09/2005 05:06:30 PM · #17
I'm just in it for the chicks.
10/09/2005 05:10:50 PM · #18
maybe this is very naieve, but my goal is to become a pro-photographer (full time, haha) in the advertising, or fashion / portraits.

it's better to follow your dreams than standing still. that's why I've decided in april to follow a study for professional photography. I hope to finish this study in 2 1/2 years.

In november & december 2 photo's of mine are in an exposition, going thrue the big cities in Holland (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam etc.). I don't know what the future might bring. Maybe the exposition can offer me a lot, maybe nothing comes out of it. And so be it. Nothing to loose, lots to win!

Message edited by author 2005-10-09 17:11:02.
10/09/2005 05:16:43 PM · #19
im planning to go pro, looking at universitites right now, when i first started taking photos, National Geographic was what i really wanted, right now i still think it would be an awesome job (and might attempt it), but commercial photography is a good option too.
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