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Photography is Expensive!

:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
A little less than a year ago, I had a friend ask me a question I'm still pondering.
As photographers, many of us spend quite a large sum of money on equipment, what with the 3000$ cameras, and the 2000$ lenses to go with them. Then there's the lights, the flashes, the time devoted, etc.

But why? Why do we sacrifice so much for photography?
Just a thought.
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KeepItOriginal Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Well its not that expensive compared to some other hobbys, for exampel cars, airsoft or overclocking, but i guess everything depends on what level you takes it to. Photography equipment is also a investment though you can sell alot of it to a good price. And i can promise you that most jobs require some super expensive equipment.
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
It can get very expensive, if you take it beyond a doodling-to-while-away-the-time level. We're not just talking about a #2 pencil and a sheet of typing paper at that point. You'd have sets of drawing pencils, lead holders, mechanical pencils in specific thicknesses, woodless pencils, artist's stumps, kneaded erasers, soft plastic erasers, art gum erasers, special sharpeners, sandpaper blocks for shaping pencil points, rulers, compases, and templates, pads of artist's paper for rough sketches, bristol board pads for finished product, cans of fixative spray to prevent smudging, and so on.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
I would think you cant compare hobbies to eachother.
For instance,
A full frame camera,
Plus a set of prime lenses,
Plus a set of telephoto lenses (One of Sony's high end lenses is 13,000 usd)
With creative lenses like fisheye and wide angle.
Plus lights.
Plus external flashes.
Plus studio space.
Plus expenses of traveling for photography reasons.

I would think that'd add up to a lot more than airsoft.
But my real question is why do people invest so much in capturing a fraction of a second
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EspenStoro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I'm a professional musician, and have spent quite a huge load of money to get some decent gear. Then I got into photography, and you'd have to do a similar investment to reach that same level. And that's excluding the cost of training and education if you do that.
Most art forms are expensive. Even if you do pencil drawings, you have to spend a lot of time on it. Time equals money after you turn 18. :D
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
"Even if you do pencil drawings, you have to spend a lot of time on it."

And money. Ever priced real artist's drawing supplies? [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
I agree!
My first trumpet was about as much as my first camera.
But why invest so much on arts?
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:iconespenstoro:
EspenStoro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
If you're gonna make a living of it you may need to be prepared to do almost anything. Then you need the gear to cover all those areas.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
so it's in preparation to make a living? we spend money so that we can make a living? or do we spend money to make more money to spend it on photography equipment?
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:iconfallisphoto:
FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Unless you are talking about crayons, no form of art is cheap. I need to do art and this happens to be one I am good at.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
Why do you need to do art?
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:iconfallisphoto:
FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Keeps me out of a strait jacket.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Photographer
i feel ya there
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:icontetchist:
Tetchist Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
there are some pretty expensive crayons out there - just saying ;)

but you're also right; no form of art is cheap. that's exactly what I came here to say.
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Yep! Any time you find an artist, you will find 10 guys willing to sell him the stuff he needs to do his art at 40 times what it's worth.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Helps build on to the collection of things we already have.. and it gives us something in return, whether that is further aid with photography, or simple enjoyment.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
what do you mean by "already have?"
further aid with photography? like improvement?
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Depending on what equipment you have. I'm thinking of filters, flash guns, etc.

Yes, improvement. Small things and all of that. :nod:
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:icondelahkel:
Delahkel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Because it's fun, and I enjoy doing it more than anything.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
So it's entirely personal for you?
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:icondelahkel:
Delahkel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah. The fact that others enjoy my work as well is just a nice bonus.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Photographer
thanks
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:icondelahkel:
Delahkel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Anytime :)
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MichaelRowlandson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Everyone is different, I do it for the thrill or adventure and seeking what beauty the world has to offer. That's why im pursing nature photography. I photograph it because I like to share my stories with people. Imagery has always been mans best tool of communication, that goes back to cave painting's. while i lack the ability to communicate with language I make up for it with my photography. Overall Its fulfilling.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
So would you say that you feel more happy when you are out shooting, or when you are telling your stories to people with your photographs?
Is it a personal pursuit of happiness?
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MichaelRowlandson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
fantastic
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MichaelRowlandson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Both, I enjoy shooting just as much as the story telling. Pursuing my dream makes me happy so I guess it is a pursuit for happiness. "I don't care to much for money, money cant buy me love"
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WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
But you know what money can buy you
lenses. and for nature photographers, man, that means wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses, tripods, memory cards (provided you're digital), etc.
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MichaelRowlandson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
yepp but that will all come in time, Im doing what I enjoy so I'm going to master it and then make money. I dont need all the fancy gear.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
do you believe you could fill your dream with a simplistic point and shoot camera?
avoid the massive amount of money many photographers spend, and still get the highest quality images as possible>
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MichaelRowlandson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
bwahaha yes because thats how i started doing my nature photography, an 8mp point and shoot, sold prints to friends, bought a dslr upgraded, made money doing contracts bought better lenses and gear to where I am now.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
haha same here man!
good perspective! thanks@!
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:iconmichaelrowlandson:
MichaelRowlandson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Because its our passion. For every event we photograph, every landscape and every animal we are capturing history. As cheesy as it sounds, Someones got to do it.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
But why us?
What makes photographers different from other people?
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:iconiceycoldone247:
IceyColdone247 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its one of the most beautiful arts out there. We crave for it, and do anything to archive such.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
Why archive things? Is it for us, or for others?
And is it one of the most beautiful arts?
The award winning photograph of the starving child with the vulture approaching him/her comes to mind.
It documents beauty and horror.
What drives photographers to do such?
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:iconiceycoldone247:
IceyColdone247 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do we live? For the sake of saying we did it.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
So it is personal? It's the ability to say, "been there, shot that."?
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:iconiceycoldone247:
IceyColdone247 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly. And you get a Memory out of it.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
is that memory worth the time, effort, sacrifices, etc. made to simply capture a fraction of a second?
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:iconiceycoldone247:
IceyColdone247 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You tell me.
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:iconwildsidesky:
WildsideSky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
i. know. nothing.
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