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thigh gap 07/05/14(Sat)19:43 UTC+1 No.2356475 Report

Photography and videography can be a really expensive hobby. I'm curious as to how everybody here affords it. Let's do a survey:

>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?

Let's share!
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)19:46 UTC+1 No.2356477 Report

>>2356475
>less than 1000€
>I do hope but I'm not doing anythings towards that goal
>NEET, paid for my gear with money my grandmother gave me when I turned 18
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)19:48 UTC+1 No.2356482 Report

I have spent roughly $5000 on all my gear
I am a videographer and I have acquired my gear over 3 years
I shoot weddings
I deliver cookies and drive limos
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garçon 07/05/14(Sat)20:00 UTC+1 No.2356493 Report

>>2356475
Spent about ~£2,800 if you take all the gear I currently own. In total probably more because I bought new and sold used a few times.

Would like to work for a travel magazine, or something NatGeo-esque, but I'm not really doing anything to make it happen.

I teach EFL but the pay is shit in my current position, so I've pretty much stopped for now.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:07 UTC+1 No.2356497 Report

full time job, part time paid photography gigs. anything from portraits to lifestyle bullshit, weddings, bands, sports, houses, fuck whatever pays. hell i shot a cross dressing guy that paid damn good last week. you go where the money is and acquire gear slowly, sell what you don't need/use and get someone to do your advertising for you via word of mouth, post up your work on facebook and your website etc etc. business cards are a must. get some prints and carry them in your car.

my day job pays 36k a year and i'm single. photography is probably going to net 5-10 grand this year but since i don't have the time away from my real job i have to take what i can get when i can get it. would be nice to be shooting $3,000 weddings every weekend but after my last horror story with a wedding planner i'm sick of weddings right now.

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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:09 UTC+1 No.2356500 Report

I've probably spent around $5000, most of my gear was bought used or refurbished. It's all a hobby and I don't really want to make money off of it.

I'm a college student, I make money off of a little bit of math tutoring and various stipends I've gotten from school. I don't make very much, but photography and eating out are pretty much my only expenses since I get my tuition and living expenses covered by scholarships.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:10 UTC+1 No.2356501 Report

>>2356500
Actually I forgot to factor in a couple of purchases I made recently so it's probably more like $7500.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:11 UTC+1 No.2356502 Report

>>2356497

oh and as of last count i've got at least 7 grand in gear, probably more. all it takes is one good paying gig to jump start your gearfaggotry.

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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:27 UTC+1 No.2356517 Report

>Roughly 2600$
>Barely a hobby, but I'm considering going full tryhard and start professionaly
>Just finished school this year, working at the hospital as a porter atm, going back to uni in august, used to work part-time in a photo-store but we had to close
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:31 UTC+1 No.2356520 Report

I'm very much amateur

£350 on Canon 100d w/ kit lens
£70 on 50/1.8
£70 on 75-300/4-5.6
and maybe a little bit more on various misc. items like lens hoods and filters.

I'm at university. camera and both lenses were gifts from parents, to whom I'm grateful.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:52 UTC+1 No.2356534 Report

>>2356497
what happened with the wedding planner?
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:54 UTC+1 No.2356535 Report

Around £7500.

Weddings full time.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)20:59 UTC+1 No.2356537 Report

About 6 grand on gear

the actuality of it becoming a profession is growing more and more, Ive done paid protraits and bang gigs but my first wedding is at the end of the month

Got my job when was 16 as buser, I am now 18 working at the same place using that as my source of gear
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:01 UTC+1 No.2356539 Report

$2100 CAD

Amature, with no intention whatsoever of going pro.

Just graduated about a year ago, electronics engineer full time.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:07 UTC+1 No.2356542 Report

>About 1500-2000€
>Hobby, amateur. professional job could be possible but I'm not sure how I would monetize is since I hate shooting weddings, sports, bands and anything similar to those. I'm also not good enough in my opinion, not yet at least.
>I'm at university (computer science), but I work during the summers and make pretty alright money. Also bunch of savings. I'm looking to spend maybe few hundred (pushing it...) on some lenses in the near future, but I need to balance photography with my other hobbies as well.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:12 UTC+1 No.2356544 Report

> greater than 7000 USD

> just a hobby. Never made a dime

>full time engineer. 6 figure income
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:14 UTC+1 No.2356545 Report

- Spent about €1k total including all the various bits and pieces (bags lights, tripds etc)
- My goal is to be a filmmaker but realistically I'm aiming for production roles in either TV or film. I'm trying to avoid the videography role as I don't want to end up with that as a career.
- I was able to afford most of the gear while getting those sweet unemployment checks while living with my parents. Now I'm in college so I just use their gear for filming (Sony F5 for digital and Arriflexes for 16mm).
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:24 UTC+1 No.2356547 Report

>>2356545
I'm a student studying television myself and getting into videography. Why do you say you want to avoid the videography role/career? What other role are you more so streaming into?

I still quite haven't found my niche yet, so I'm just doing videography for now until I find it. Genuinely curious, as to it may help me out
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:37 UTC+1 No.2356552 Report

I get 710$ a month because the guvment thinks I'm retarded.

Full medical coverage too.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:38 UTC+1 No.2356553 Report

>>2356552
...that explains a lot about this board.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:40 UTC+1 No.2356557 Report

>>2356553
I would like to think I'm a decent person.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)21:42 UTC+1 No.2356561 Report

>around $250
>majoring in photo
>mommy's money
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35mmBandit.com 07/05/14(Sat)22:49 UTC+1 No.2356599 Report

>Probably $10k+ over the years... Most of which has been recouped by selling unused gear.
>Hobby
>Inheritance
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)23:19 UTC+1 No.2356619 Report

>>2356534

eh, it's complicated. long story short i work with my business partner and it was her friend. she had to work her other job that saturday and couldn't get out in time for the wedding. so i brought along my fashion design guy and he shot backup wide angle, ya know hard to fuck up sort of shots since i already run the 70-200.

anyway the whole thing was under the table last minute because there were multiple weddings happening at the same time that the wedding planner organized so she had her assistant show up (who isn't worth a damn, just looks pretty), and two teenage girls that setup and tear down after the ceremony.

trying to keep this short, it rained up until about 20 minutes before the ceremony and evidently the girls didn't put up all of the decor, the assistant didn't do shit but show up, and us two photographers did our job as usual. did i mention it was a mexican chick marrying some white guy with money? they had to translate the fucking vows.

so we work our two hours and they kick us out of the reception dinner after like 5 minutes, no problem. before the reception the planner shows up and pays us cash which makes all parties involved generally very happy for various reasons.

7 days she's bitching about getting pics, so after a 12 hour shift at work i go home and spend a couple hours going over the wide angle shots since that's always easy. output about 100 final cuts and resize, put them on dropbox and message the planner that mine will follow soon but here's the wide shots to tide them over.

3 days later i've got mine finalized, around 200 pics since i don't include too many similar pics if there's no reason to do so. next thing i know she flips her shit and says the bride wants her money back and wants me to repay her the cash. i'm like fuck that shit. she gets my partner involved despite her not being there. here's where it gets good.

the bitch says thru my partner that she wants all the raw files........

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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)23:27 UTC+1 No.2356626 Report

>>2356619
Why did you think it was a good idea to associate with shitskins?
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)23:27 UTC+1 No.2356627 Report

>>2356619
so what happened?
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)23:30 UTC+1 No.2356629 Report

>>2356497.
Is that your pic?

Something about it seems...off. With the focus, mainly. Also, it might be a tad *too* warm BUT that's mostly a subjective aesthetic, I'm just curious how it'd look slightly cooler.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)23:35 UTC+1 No.2356631 Report

You can do a lot with a $120 NEX-3N and some old manual lenses from a flea market.
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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)23:36 UTC+1 No.2356632 Report

>>2356619

so I'm like ok, that's fucked up because you never give out raw files. ever. this being an exception to hopefully smooth things over and just get this behind us.

twenty fucking gigabytes uploaded to dropbox. 25 megabyte CR2 files. i'm sure my ISP hated me that day since i'm innawoods /k/ fag and we do well to get 5 megabits down and 3 megabits up.

a day or two later she flips her shit, mind you, this is over 3 way chat on facebook between my partner as well. here's her exact text:

>they are too big , literally to open on my computer. can you resize them to something manageable please? Thanks

>It doesnt take a professional two weeks to give someone files that can be used in a normal size.

>Please just resize teh files, and get them to dropbox asap so I can try and fix this.

>please send photos that the bride can access that do not have soft filters or other edits on them. Is THIS clearly explained? Please tell me how to ask you for what we need so that it happens. UNBELIEVABLE

so i'm laughing my ass off about how i'm supposed to resize raw files, this bitch doesn't even know what raw files are. i have no idea wtf she meant by soft focus filters because i don't do any bullshit like that, hell i don't let any out of focus photos make my cuts. ever.

gotta wrap this shit up. my partner says just send her the jpegs from the unedited raw files and hope for the best. and that's exactly what i did. went back into lightroom, took all the raw files back to how they were out of camera, output them and called it a day.

then the bitch unfriended me on facebook so evidently she didn't see the dropbox link in the chat. took two days more to resolve that issue.

needless to say neither me or my partner will be doing any more weddings for said wedding planner and her failing business.


this was easily the worst wedding i've shot with this planner, and i've had nothing but positive reviews in the past. it's true what they say, all it takes is one bitchy bride.

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Anonymous 07/05/14(Sat)23:41 UTC+1 No.2356635 Report

>>2356626

i know right?

>>2356629

pretty sure it's that i left the 'sharpen for screen' unchecked in my half asleep state at the time, just checked the original and it's as sharp as necessary. i never over sharpen wedding photos because of skin tones. i agree it does look soft at 800 pixels wide though.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)00:24 UTC+1 No.2356657 Report

>>2356475
>>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
Probably around $3000
>>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
It's a hobby.
>>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
I have actually stopped buying stuff. At some point I realized that even though I'd love to have more stuff, I haven't even started to get everything out of what I have. If I wasn't as lazy, I'd probably even sell or trade stuff I don't use.

I work in IT.
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moodles 07/06/14(Sun)00:57 UTC+1 No.2356672 Report

>>2356475
>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
Less than $400 on gear, and less than $100 on software.
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
An acclaimed writer once said that the only way to enjoy writing is to not expect to make a living off of it. I've done paid jobs before, I may do more in the future. I may even intern at a studio or under a local professional. But at the end of the day, I'm okay with whatever happens. Photography has improved my life to a degree that it's already paid for itself.
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
With my job. Huge word of advice here from my experience - get a job online. Buy a high-end laptop. That way you can travel and work at the same time. I've seen threads here fairly regularly that consist of people complaining about how impossible travel photography is.

This is an image I threw together recently as a piece to a greater composite whole

>>2356176
Another image I have posted.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)01:14 UTC+1 No.2356682 Report

On gear? ~3200
Now if we include random trips I've taken on the excuse of going to shoot x or y location, add in about 3K more.

It's a hobby. I've sold one print and that was because a friend me a print she was considering buying, it was fucking godawful (cool concept, horrible execution), so I told her to give me a few days, and let me see if I could do any better. I could and did, she was happy and insisted on paying more than cost. Aside from that, I think I might enjoy being a professional photographer, but I have a lot to learn in basically all aspects of the field before I ever think about quitting my day job.

I make a stupid amount of money and have a lot of time off. My day job is managerial in oil and gas industry. I do intend on going back to get a petroleum engineering degree...I might just minor in photography too.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)02:12 UTC+1 No.2356719 Report

>>2356547

My skillset and ambitions are leading more toward the production side of TV/film. There's nothing wrong with videography but I'm going to be scratching around for starter jobs I'd prefer it to be set/production PA type jobs rather than wedding or real estate work or something like that. I've no interest in live TV by the way, I'm focusing on standard dramatic TV.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)02:16 UTC+1 No.2356722 Report

About £3000
Just a hobby but I've done one wedding and it actually turned out ok lol. Not really interested in doing it as a professional job
I do investment shit as my day job to afford this crap. Although i bought my first dslr+lens for £350 while i was a student.
(Music is my other main hobby and I've spent about £9000 on that. I need cheaper hobbies)
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)02:24 UTC+1 No.2356734 Report

>>2356475
At least $4200 in the last 14 months.
Just a hobby.
I work full time managing a retail store, $43k.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)03:02 UTC+1 No.2356756 Report

>>2356475
>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
About $1100

>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
It started out as a pretty successful local fine-art thing with gallery exhibitions and stuff and I got the camera to improve the quality of my work and then I started getting more and more payed jobs and it eventually turned into pretty steady HDSLR video and photograph work about once a week.

>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
I saved up for a few years doing graphic design and since I got the gear it has pretty much payed for itself after about a year, still a student so no full time job.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:09 UTC+1 No.2357051 Report

>How much money have you spent so far on gear
Way too much. Probably over $12,000 in the last 3 years.
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
It is now my professional job
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
See above. My work is in both video and photo, with a very broad range of subjects. The things I refuse to do are weddings and mumtographer stuff like babies or maternity photos.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:13 UTC+1 No.2357054 Report

>>2356632
Wow what a shitty experience, and those photos aren't bad at all for what they are. Where was this?
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:26 UTC+1 No.2357062 Report

>>2356475
No it's not. Jesus you fucking high schoolers are annoying.
>>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
$50,000
>>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
I get paid to do all kinds of gigs, but I shoot a lot for my own fun as well as art (I have my biggest gallery opening in Nov.).
>>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
Almost everything I buy is from money I earn shooting stuff. I also have an administration job at a university and plenty of money in the bank.

Grow up kids.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:38 UTC+1 No.2357064 Report

>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
$25,000 or so
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
Part of my employment involves photography; I have a sideline small business in photography
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
Aerial photography and architectural photography
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:38 UTC+1 No.2357065 Report

>everyone here spends tons on gear
>yet good photographs are nowhere to be seen

I guess /p/ should be renamed to /pt/ - Photography Talk
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:40 UTC+1 No.2357067 Report

>>2357065
>/pt/ - Photography Talk
Sure.
>posting photos on 4chin
>ever
toplel m8, u srs?
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:40 UTC+1 No.2357068 Report

>>2357065
/p/ is in a slump at the moment which sees photo threads that aren't group recent photo threads dying on the vine on page 10. With a bit of luck, given time, people will start looking at and commenting on those threads again soon
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:41 UTC+1 No.2357069 Report

>>2357068
>shit sux
is not commenting
/p/ hasn't legitimately given c&c on a thread in years.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:43 UTC+1 No.2357070 Report

>>2357065
>>everyone here spends tons on gear
>>yet good photographs are nowhere to be seen
>I guess /p/ should be renamed to /pt/ - Photography Talk
*shrugs* start giving critique to what's posted here. A lot of people here now are newer to the photography thing, and we're trying to learn.
>>2357069
^ this guy nailed it.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:45 UTC+1 No.2357071 Report

>>2357069
Even the last couple of years there was a little bit of useful C&C in amongst the inevitable gearfaggotry and EXIF peeping. Picking the good from the shite could be troublesome to newfriends. Lately, though, the only C&C seems to come from new photogs themselves that barely grasp what they're trying to explain. I'm one of nature's optimists - I choose to believe that the cycle will reset and the useful talk will return
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)16:47 UTC+1 No.2357072 Report

>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
around 10k
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
just a hobby, sometimes i get some paid jobs from some independent brands.
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
trust fund, i still study.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)17:35 UTC+1 No.2357102 Report

>>2356475
>>How much money have you spent so far on gear?

A shit ton, I have bought and resold, and rented based on my needs when I was doing camera work. Recently I have sold most of my canon stuff and just bought into the GH4 and m43 system + got some more audio equipment. About $6,000 in the last 3 months.

>>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
Depends on what you mean by professionally. For a few years I was paying the rent working on web and advertising videos. There was a long time I was working on shorts, and web work that didn't pay the bills. Now it has become a hobby.

>>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
I work as an online editor at a post house.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)18:51 UTC+1 No.2357130 Report

>A lot
>I make a bit of money from it, but overall, a hobby.
>English substitute lecturer, freelance journalist and photographer and I make a bit of cash selling my paintings
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)18:56 UTC+1 No.2357131 Report

currently owned gear is about 4000 euros
hobby. nah. if I'll ever get good I'll probably (try to) sell prints, but definitely not thinking about living off this.
I'm a "pensioner", as in I was sorta sick in the head and I'm still considered unable to work, so I get pension money. so I've paid my gear with that. I'm also in school, not full day, I just have courses here and there.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)21:58 UTC+1 No.2357202 Report

Probably about $8000 in the last 2 years

Hobby and part time job. Would like to be busier with my photography but I have another full time job teaching in a machine shop

All gear bought only from photography work. Weddings, family and portriat sessions, etc. I would love to just shoot weddings and events.
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Evo In HI 07/06/14(Sun)22:44 UTC+1 No.2357222 Report

>$1000 on digital, $700 and counting on film
>hobby, hopefully turn into something more one day
>transport bodies
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)22:53 UTC+1 No.2357224 Report

>>2356475
>I'm curious as to how everybody here affords it.

I can't afford it. I have a shitty D200 and two shitty lenses.
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Anonymous 07/06/14(Sun)22:55 UTC+1 No.2357225 Report

>>2357224

Oh and I'm a radio talk show host for a living. It doesn't pay enough for good gear.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)03:14 UTC+1 No.2357360 Report

>>2356672
>get a job online
and where exactly does someone find one of these?
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)03:20 UTC+1 No.2357366 Report

>>2357062
This.

Honestly how many of you don't own a CMOS MF back? the this /P/ for christ's sake.
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Sofia 07/07/14(Mon)03:24 UTC+1 No.2357370 Report

>>2357360
Internet. I hope you like data.

>>2357366
>the this /P/
Enjoying your stroke, gramps?
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)03:29 UTC+1 No.2357375 Report

>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
Not sure. Probably somewhere around $3k AUD. I buy used gear often and re-sell them for near cost price, so it hasn't cost me much overall (and even when I want to leave the hobby, it won't lose me much other than film costs).

>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
Hobby. Would never do this for a job.

>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
I am a programmer, low six figures so I earn enough to handle a hobby or three.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)04:23 UTC+1 No.2357397 Report

>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
$3599.50
>inb4 autism
I just keep my books straight.

>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
Already a profession.

>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
I afford things by budgeting, currently a student.

Also, keep spending your shreckles /p/. Never save, you would never want to be wealthy would you?
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Sofia 07/07/14(Mon)04:27 UTC+1 No.2357400 Report

>>2357397
>inb4 autism
You'd hope that keeping exact track of one's spending was a good thing.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)04:31 UTC+1 No.2357403 Report

>>2357400
You would be surprised.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)04:35 UTC+1 No.2357405 Report

>how much money have you spent on gear?
around $850 + ongoing film costs

>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
I wouldnt want to turn it into a full time gig unless its like travel photography or something. shooting concerts or weddings on weekends for pocket money would be cool

>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
Mickey McDonald's minimum wage. Still in school.
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f0t0br0 07/07/14(Mon)04:57 UTC+1 No.2357407 Report

>>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
About $1200, pretty much the last of my student refund.

>>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
Its a hobby for now but I've just applied to a couple of colleges trying to get into a decent photo department. I'm hoping for a salaried position but honestly that seems impossible.

>>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
I'm a photographer at Disgayworld and I have a side job shooting muscle cars on the weekend.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)05:59 UTC+1 No.2357422 Report

>>2356475
>aboot 3000 cad
>working on compsci degree , then rcmp , photog on side
>working at a vinyard , photog on side

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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)06:31 UTC+1 No.2357434 Report

All up about $18k

Photography is an on-the-side job, trying to build it up currently.

Working full-time retail for the last 5 years.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)06:53 UTC+1 No.2357445 Report

>>2357397

>>2357064 here. Just opened my letterbox and found this month's bank statement. As of that, I'm six years in front of my mortgage payments. Maybe... and it's a stretch, I know... maybe, people can save for cameras *and* be sensible with money in general
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)13:18 UTC+1 No.2357553 Report

>>2357422
>no wides
>no ultrawides
>no superior Sigma glass
>UV filters everywhere

0/10, would not even steal most of this shit (maybe the 135/2...)
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)13:25 UTC+1 No.2357557 Report

>>2356475
>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
1000$-ish
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
Only a hobby. I've helped some friends out with pictures but it's a tough business.
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
Have lots of money saved up from having worked. Most of my gear (nikkor glass and 35mm nikon cameras) i've inherited from my dad.
Bought a D300, but nowadays i mostly shoot film and develop at home. I've been considering a D610 or an A7 but i just can't justify the expense right now.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)13:30 UTC+1 No.2357560 Report

>>2357422
...are you sure that math is right or do you just own lenses and no body?
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)13:38 UTC+1 No.2357563 Report

>>2357422
>RCMP
>Comp-Sci

Are you trying for CSIS? Or that military one, I cannot remember the name, CRAC or something similar.

But if you are applying for the RCMP straight up I hope you are a female minority.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)13:56 UTC+1 No.2357571 Report

>>2357422
>28-70
>35-70
>28-80
>28-80
>18-55

>50
>50
>50
>40

Nigga wtf are you doing
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)14:11 UTC+1 No.2357577 Report

>>2357422
Dat Overlap
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)20:42 UTC+1 No.2357793 Report

>arround 800€
>Hobbyist for now, but i'd like to be a pro. I'm still a student.
>saving money for years (money from birthday/christmas, summer job and contest prices). Still at school.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)20:50 UTC+1 No.2357795 Report

Mainly a hobby for me. Spent about £7000 on gear. Employed full time. £47,000/yr, 22 years old.

Haven't shot much since I bought my first place 6 months ago. I really need to get back out there.
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)21:48 UTC+1 No.2357857 Report

>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
About $800
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
It's a hobby but I'd love to do some semi-professional work at some point... or at least get paid for something.
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
Complete and utter mooch/NEET but I'm trying to get my shit together.

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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)21:57 UTC+1 No.2357862 Report

>>2357857
>getting paid for something
>with that garbage gear
HAHAHA
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)22:22 UTC+1 No.2357888 Report

do you trust me if I say that I won 1st price/200€ at a photo contest with a 130€ point-and-shoot camera ?

(I use this money later for buying a DSLT)
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Anonymous 07/07/14(Mon)22:24 UTC+1 No.2357890 Report

>>2357862
>judging people based on gear
>rather than photos
HAHAHA
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)02:28 UTC+1 No.2358030 Report



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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)02:29 UTC+1 No.2358031 Report

>>2358030
Which do you like better ;-)
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)02:42 UTC+1 No.2358043 Report

>>2357571
>2014
>not buying every consum-a-zoom to determine which one has the most pleasing barrel distortion
>not shooting a lense maker's full range of normal primes so you can choose the rendering of OOF backgrounds you prefer for each shot

fucking summer
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)02:44 UTC+1 No.2358044 Report

>>2358030
God damn the lens hood on the 24-70 looks so fucking goofy.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)02:54 UTC+1 No.2358052 Report

>Nikon D4S
>70-200 2.8
>24-70 2.8
>105 Macro VR 2.8 for macros
>85 1.4 AF for portraits
>35 1.8 DX for street photography

>still shooting boring snapshits
Well... I'm a richfag, so I don't feel bad about hardcore gearfagging...
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)02:55 UTC+1 No.2358054 Report

>>2358043
>not shooting a lense maker's full range of normal primes so you can choose the rendering of OOF backgrounds you prefer for each shot

while sarcastic there could be some grain of truth here.
currently I own 12 50mm or 55mm lenses.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:02 UTC+1 No.2358061 Report

>>2358052
So wait, do you shoot the 35 1.8 DX in crop mode or full frame mode?
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:03 UTC+1 No.2358062 Report

>>2358061
works fine in full frame
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:08 UTC+1 No.2358064 Report

>>2358062
Oh yeah I know that haha, was just curious. I was actually just out shooting it with my F100.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:11 UTC+1 No.2358066 Report

>>2358064
Do you like it?

I kinda feel bad for gearfagging so hard, but my father kinda puts pressure on me to always buy the best of the best.
I was actually going to buy the D3200, but my father said that there are better cameras out there than this $500 cheapo thing, so why should I bother with that?

I didn't want to gearfag, because you guys all said it's cancer, but my father kinda forced me ;_;
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:16 UTC+1 No.2358069 Report

>>2358066
>Father wants a bold, educated and deliberate child who only settles for the best
>He gets this pussy
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:18 UTC+1 No.2358072 Report

>>2358069
Hi dad
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:19 UTC+1 No.2358073 Report

Well, since we're here to be honest...

>About $10k
>Just a hobby, hope it turns into a professional job
>I'm a student, but richfag I guess. Family paid for me.

Ok, you can throw your rocks at me now... Best thing I can say is I'm not proud of myself but I'm trying to deserve these things.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:20 UTC+1 No.2358074 Report

>>2358072
Hi daughter
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:21 UTC+1 No.2358075 Report

>>2358074
Come on dad, you don't have to tell me daily that you wanted a daughter instead of a son...
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:22 UTC+1 No.2358076 Report

>>2358074
Son pls ;-; just pretend
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:23 UTC+1 No.2358077 Report

>>2358066
I do like it but at the end of the day it's still a compromise. I just enjoy shooting with the damn thing, mostly because of the size. I don't like how big a lot of these prime lenses are getting. Lenses like the Sigma 35 1.4 are too big for a normal prime, IMHO. The whole point of primes for me is less weight and size, so if it looks like it could be a zoom it's too big for my tastes.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)04:22 UTC+1 No.2358117 Report

>>2358031
It pretty much comes down to personal preference of size and understanding the controls and handling of the ui enough to get the shots. They practically have the same sensor but the nikon has more lenses and the sony has the smaller form factor.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)06:12 UTC+1 No.2358197 Report

I started out trading babysitting for an Iphone 5, which I sold and bought a Sony Alpha a3000. I started doing some pictures for friends, then I was able to save that money up and got a Nikon D3100 on sale and was able to trade in my Sony and add just $80 to it. Then I started doing even more photographs, for friends of friends and started making a little name for myself, booked two weddings, and bought a 50mm f/1.8 lens ($100) and a 55-200 f/5.6 ($80) with the deposits I got from those. I also had to invest in a camera bag ($30) and props ($50). Its been a little over four months since I got my first camera and I've made probably $3000 at least doing sessions for people, I've done three weddings, five newborn sessions, engagements, families, birthdays, birth, breast feeding, etc. I taught myself by watching youtube videos and looking things up on google. I would love for this to be my career. If the first for months is any indication, I absolutely love doing it, and am pretty good at it. I am continually saving up money from sessions in order to buy more lenses. Next I think I will invest in some reflectors though. I'm not in school.

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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)06:33 UTC+1 No.2358201 Report

>>2358197
What a horrible picture. Your social skills must be very impressive.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)06:36 UTC+1 No.2358202 Report

>>2358197

So you're charging people to shoot weddings with a D3100 and kit lenses.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)08:22 UTC+1 No.2358241 Report

My camera and lenses cost me £900. A couple of used lenses in there.

Filters and tripods and stuff an extra £150?

so yeah, like £1050
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FUCK 07/08/14(Tue)13:42 UTC+1 No.2358352 Report

Screwed up AGAIN.

Totally bought this jupiter-8 under the pretense that it was leica thread mount, which I already have adapters for.

I've bad good luck with them before, and I figured it's cheap so what the hell right? LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL APERTURE (that's the whole reason I bought it in the first place)

Well, it turns out it's NOT leica thread mount, it's fucking contax mount, which means I'm gonna need a $200 adapter if I want to actually use it.

FUCK
FUCKING FUCK

That's what I get for only looking at those beautiful aperture blades and not the mount itself.

I'm a fucking retard.
>anyone want to buy a lens?
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)13:48 UTC+1 No.2358353 Report

>>2358352
how the fuck do you confuse contax mount with leica thread mount
IT VERY OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT HAVE ANY THREADS
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FUCK 07/08/14(Tue)13:49 UTC+1 No.2358354 Report

>>2358353
Maybe you should read my post bro, I feel like I explained it already.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)13:51 UTC+1 No.2358357 Report

Junior in college who doesn't have much money. Spent around 600 or 700 on all my gear total and can still get some decent shots. Currently it is just a hobby for me, but I'm working on building a portfolio and hopefully would like to go full time once I graduate. I afford it by working at McDonald's during the summer and breaks.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)14:02 UTC+1 No.2358367 Report

<$500usd, 75% of my lenses are inherited and so is my body.
>hobby shooting occasional gigs for friends, senior portraits, engagement shots etc.
>McDonalds because I'm still in high school dammit
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)14:03 UTC+1 No.2358369 Report

>>2358367
fuck my value disappeared, less than $500 USD, most of my lenses and my body are inherited .
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)14:20 UTC+1 No.2358377 Report

>>2358052
I want your money so hard
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)14:27 UTC+1 No.2358384 Report

>>2358357
>high school
underage b&
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)14:49 UTC+1 No.2358395 Report

>Current gear I own, about 2500€. Got about 600-800€ of gear stolen though.
>kinda turning it into a profession, but right now I'm mostly just fucking around taking snaps for a local disco. 50€/night ain't much but I eat and drink for free + I meet sexy girls! Yay!
>Still living with my mom so expenses are limited and I can afford what little gear I need with what I'm making right now. I'd consider moving out but I live in a big european city and having a house of my own would require *at least* 500-600€ each month just for the basic expenses, then I'd need a car too (as I'm working only during the night, I'm using my mom's car) - I just can't do it now.

Got asked twice to do weddings, but I was an assistant enough times to realize I'd rather give up photography than do fucking weddings.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)15:36 UTC+1 No.2358404 Report

>>2358052
You shoot with D4s on the streets?
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)16:35 UTC+1 No.2358432 Report

>>2358377
you may win in the lottery bro, never give up your hope

>>2358404
yeah, why not? it's great
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)16:47 UTC+1 No.2358439 Report

>>2358432
>yeah, why not? it's great
I wouldn't do it because of the size...be a pain to carry.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)16:48 UTC+1 No.2358441 Report

>>2358432
I don't know man, I use a 5D Mark II and to me even that is borderline too clumsy and obtrusive for that kind of work. I'm thinking of getting something like a NEX-6 as a second body just for that kind of "work" (and I have old manual lenses mostly anyway).
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)16:52 UTC+1 No.2358444 Report

>>2358439
>>2358441
I don't mind size and weight. I actually like heavier body's and lenses, because I can "feel" them better.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)16:56 UTC+1 No.2358448 Report

>>2358441
>Mfw every fucking tourist in my city is rocking a massive DSLR so I fit right in.

The perfect disguise
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)17:08 UTC+1 No.2358454 Report

>>2358448
Well, that's not wrong. I still mostly just get looks like this (absolute shit and failed shot too though).
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)17:42 UTC+1 No.2358473 Report

>>2358454
lmao
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)18:21 UTC+1 No.2358501 Report

>>2358441
The size of your camera has no effect on street photography, so long as you're not shooting a freaking view camera. It's the act of noticing, stopping, and drawing a device to your eye that draws attention. If you're going to be noticed, it's because of your technique, your outfit, and your attitude, not because your camera is a half an inch wider or taller.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)20:52 UTC+1 No.2358583 Report

>casual pleb
>530$ refurb d5100 kit with 16gb sd card and case (late 2012)
>215$ refurb nikon 55-300 and 20$ sling strap (one month later)
>I kinda want a custom strap of this though
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)20:56 UTC+1 No.2358588 Report

>>2357407
ive always wanted that job how is it?
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Anonymous 07/10/14(Thu)00:54 UTC+1 No.2359576 Report

>>2358588
Extremely overrated. Most of your co-workers will be 40+ years old with actual photography backgrounds but now they are slaves to the shutter button. Then you have the "college program" kids who come in for like six months and steal all the hours. Every location and it's settings are preset, so you just point and shoot everything. You are also by yourself in the parks a lot with minimum interaction with other cast members unless you work with face/fur characters. I'm completely over it but its the only hourly photography job I've ever found...
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Anonymous 07/10/14(Thu)01:25 UTC+1 No.2359595 Report

>>2359576
that doesnt sound bad honestly and could totally handle being by myself
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Anonymous 07/13/14(Sun)00:57 UTC+1 No.2361986 Report

>How much money have you spent so far on gear?
~$3,000 USD over 6 years.
>Is photography/videography just a hobby for you, or do you hope it turns into a professional job?
I've made some money doing portraits, but I'm not looking to do it as a job. Will probably stay as a hobby.
>How are you affording it right now? What's your dayjob? Or are you still in school?
I do house painting and online stuff.
Never went to college. I'm not smart enough, don't know what I really want to do, and don't have the money for it.
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