Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A conversation with a photographer

I had a very interesting conversation with a really nice lady I met while patiently waiting for a bird to come fly by a feeding station at Estero Grande Birding Center. She mentioned that she was from a national magazine and was there trying to get a good shot of a Teal cinnamon duck. She had a camera and tripod suited for professional photography! She started showing me pictures she had taken earlier that morning.. I instantly fell in love with the clarity of her photos. Our conversation went like this..

" I love how clear your pictures look maybe I should convince my husband to buy me a camera like yours"... She quickly looks away from her camera and tells me ..."Honey do you know how much this camera and all these lenses cost?...

Me.. "Not sure" her.. "Well lets just say a price of a new car honey" I nearly passed out!!
HOLY SMOKES!!!   Me.. "A new car really?"
Her.."Oh yes dear a new car probably around in the same range of a Toyota corolla"
Me.." Uhh-I think I'll stick to my old faithful Cool pix Nikon
 I just need more photography practice"
  Her..."keep practicing honey"

There is no way I am spending that kind of money on a camera. (but then again she is a professional photographer, and I am not) I'll spend it on my home not on a camera.. What about you?.. Do you have an expensive camera that costs as much as a brand new Toyota?

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  1. No way. Mine was less than $200. That was an expensive one for me. Just keep practicing and take lots and lots of photos. If you take 10 of the same thing, one is bound to come out.

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    1. Tete, that is what I do.. You should see how many I delete ..One of these days I am getting a better camera, but I am not paying that much!...

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  2. I'm about to do an online photography class to help me make sense of my two-year-old "New" camera(anniversary gift two years ago! lol.)
    I hope it helps.
    And I agree with the comment--take ten and ONE is bound to work! :)
    Beautiful bird pictures!
    ~april

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    1. Online class sounds very interesting.

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  3. Holy price of a car camera batman lol! Yup that's why she is in the photog business lol! I think your shots are amazing! I think you can take really good shots with any camera if you practice have the right editing software etc. the hubs bought me a Nikon and we nearly choked at the eight hundred dollar cost and still haven't bought the massive lenses to go with. Honey you can't even tell I have a nice camera lol for I don't know how to work it and I use it as a point and shoot and don't have time to edit pictures ha! I really love the pics you took amazing! Did you girlies ever find the real duck? Thanks for your super sweet comment to me as I lie in bed half a sleep it made me smile! I didn't watch that one boo I missed it lol! I did watch this four hour teen movie seven deadly sins it was very bazaar a s the hubs was like how can you watch this stuff lol it was funny he had to endure it and he ended up watching more of it then me ha! Sums

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    1. Summer, We probably have the same camera.. mine does not come with the extra lenses though that is in my future! crossing my fingers..I don't know if she found the teal duck I am guessing she did.. I don't know what they even look like... ha.

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  4. I am a professional editor for online news and I only have a Nikon Cool Pix too...works great! But I am a bit jealous when I see the neat pictures on all the blogs I read, so I think a great camera does make a difference.

    Love all your sweet bird photos!!!

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  5. I use a relatively inexpensive camera and then edit with picasa or picmonkey. My photos suit my purposes. My dad has invested more into his camera, and his photos are far better than mine.

    I think that the question of how much to spend on a camera is a matter of personal priorities.

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  6. I guess if it is your profession and you make a living from taking photos then you gotta have a pretty good camera. I could never spend that much. All your bird photos look pretty darn good to me. Practice makes perfect. Have a great rest of the week, Tammy

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  7. I think your bird pictures are fantastic! I don't have an expensive camera either. I keep thinking I'll upgrade, but there's always something else more important to use the money for. Keep taking those pictures. I find the more I do, the better I get.

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    1. Kathy, that is my problem too!! there is always, always something that just get in the way...

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  8. Oh my goodness...we ARE kindred spirits! I have the very same problem and the very same camera as you!!! My heavens I need a class and help with taking pictures. You're doing a wonderful job and I love your pictures1

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    1. April ^ above is going to do a online class...I'll see if I can get info...
      Thank you so much!

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  9. Uh...that would be no! But your pictures are pretty good with your camera now! I have a simple point and shoot.

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  10. Sounds good to me Ceekay!...sometimes I wish I kept my Polaroid!

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  11. I can't believe that a camera could cost that much! My car is definitely on the must need list... camera takes a backseat. Thanks for popping in and saying hi.

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    1. Yup that's what I thought exactly!..yea trying to put off buying a car as long as I have too..
      Thanks shiela!

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  12. Well I think you take amazing pictures. They are sharp and the color is beautiful. I'm still afraid to put our camera on manual. My husband keeps trying to teach me but I prefer to do the writing and him the photography. Even with a new nice camera we can't seem to get the quality we're looking for. We need to take classes but who has time?

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  13. Thanks Dewena you are too kind! There are awesome pictures on blog land that would put me to shame!!.im keeping this camera for as long as I can, I just hate all the charging ! The next one I'm making sure it's the kind you plug into your wall.

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  14. Beautiful pictures Marissa, I use a canon HD 16.0 (I think) I just got it for Christmas I have no idea if I 'm using it correctly I just point and shoot. My one and only complain is it uses regular batteries, my fault I had 30 days to return it to upgrade it or get my money back, but I didn't so now I carry extra batteries with me and live with the fact that every time I download my pics to the computer I forget that the camera is hooked up and by the time I remember batteries are dead!

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    1. Thanks so much Marisa!! Yup that's the thing those darn batteries!!! I have a battery charger now and it helps just have to remember to have them charged!!

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  15. Love your photo's. I too would like to take some classes, I just take a snap and hope for the best at the moment. Hubby takes much better ones than I do.


    Diana

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    1. Hi Dianna! surprising many people also want to take photography classes. my problem is that my hand shakes too much!! especially when I focus!!

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  16. I agree, Holy Smokes!! I DO have a Toyota Corolla (LOVE IT, by the way, esp the gas mileage) And No Way would I pay that much for a camera... I, too, will stick to my just-shy-of-$400 Nikon

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    1. Oh, this is good to know JoAnn next time I am car buying..
      Thank you.

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  17. Wow!! That is a lot of money!! But, I bet it takes great pictures! LOL! I love my camera! I have had it for about 10 years now! I hope I have it for another 10 years! I find for photography, you have to have patience ;o) I love the photos you put on your blog! Beautiful!!

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  18. No, I do not, nor will I ever. I think that lady could justify it since it was how she makes a living. She can even write if off! LOL! For recreational use, my little Sony is just fine. I do like seeing beautiful photos though and sometimes wish I had a better camera, but I'm not going into debt over it!

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  19. Your photos are lovely, Marrisa and your camera did a fine job.

    She is a professional and makes her living that way, so that justifies the expense for her. My camera would be an old clunker to her Toyota Corolla!!!

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  20. Hi there, I have a Nikon and love it; I would like another lens but no, I would not pay that much. We do need two newer cars and lots of home improvements but paying that much for a camera-no way. Love your pics by the way.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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  21. That is insane. I'm terribly hard on cameras anyway so I can't imagine paying a price like that!

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    1. I am too. My husband is always after me for not putting the protector on lense back. Yup I know what ya mean!

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  22. I have a Nikon and would like to add a macro lens but that costs was less than a new car. Maybe the price of a tricycle. The bird pictures are great! Thanks for stopping by a leaving such nice comment on my garden, I do spend hours out there during the summer. Laura

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  23. No. I don't think I'd want to work with those great big lenses either. I'm all about keeping it fun and cheap. Ha! What a great and informative conversation you had and shared. I love listening in on conversation.

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  24. So funny!!! I can't even imagine! I can't even get myself to buy one new lens for my camera because they are about 500 dollars,,,can't imagine the price of a new car!!!!

    And are those your bird pics? They are fab!

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  25. Not a car, but I did spend too much on the one I did buy.

    I think the best thing I have learned in photography is to use a tripod whenever I can. Any shake whatsoever makes the photo more blurry. And most of the time you don't even know you are moving slightly. Even just pressing down the button moves the camera, so I'll use the timer function on the camera and put it on the tripod if I want to make sure the photo is extra sharp, that way I'm not touching the camera when the shutter goes off.

    Great bird photos though. That sounds like a fun place to take photos.

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  26. No.... but, I have to confess to wishing for one sometimes!! ;) I hope she makes a good living with hers; it sure looks like it COULD take exceptional photos. Yours are very good, too, Marissa!! wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter. blessings ~ tanna

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  27. wow! A Toyota ?I just use a cheapy camera .lol.

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    1. Yup a Toyota ....I think that's crazy..

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  28. You did a great job on your pics. Always nice to stop by and see you!

    lori v

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  29. Not me, not a chance! I have a really good point and shoot, the same kind that my nephew the professional photographer recommended. Not even close to the cost of a new Toyota!

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  30. i have spent a little money on a good telephoto, but still need to learn the basics of my beginner dslr before i spend any more $ on camera stuff. :)

    thanks for finding my blog and leaving such a nice comment the other day! you have less winter than we do in NE Tx, but i'm happy to be mowing lawn again on a regular basis. :)

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  31. My husband has a friend who takes photos from weddings etc. He has some incredible camera equipment. we have a nice camera that was more than the other cameras we have, We need to use it more often and try the big lens we got free for buying the camera int he first place! LOL!

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