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Why do you take photos?

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TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 12:23PM
Apart for those who do it for a living; why do you take photos? I know of people who don't make any money out of photography but still spend a lot of money in getting the latest 'better camera+lenses' just to take 'better quality photos'.

Why?Smile

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Tony

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Nigeyboy 6 537 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 12:32PM
Main reason for me, is to get some 'Me' time - something I can do on my own, away from the hustle and bustle of every day life!! Being a dad to two children (11 and 5), and working more than full time, I try to use it to unwind and get away from it all.

Plus I enjoy trying to take better shots than I did last time I went out!
AlexandraSD 3 435 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 12:37PM
I take photos because i cant draw for toffee!

Probably not entirely true, i can draw, but it takes ages.

I don't know really, you have your subject, hold the camera up to your eye and then there is that little rush that suddenly comes from nowhere, that oh i think that might be a good image moment. I guess i see something in my head and then seak to reproduce it in the form of a photograph.

Photography is a distraction, escapism from a world of reality tv and trivial pursuits in general, and its a great way for your mind to focus on something other than a black mirrored box linked to the Sky.

Photography is an entirely selfish past time, its just me and the camera, no one else, and that suits me down to the ground Smile
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
7 Mar 2013 12:42PM
too lazy to draw or paint
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
7 Mar 2013 12:43PM
It's an obsession to capture moments and observations, which would otherwise be lost forever. Well it has always been that way for me anyway.

A photo taken of me, aged about 4, clutching a camera was an early pointer to my derangement... but I never got treatment for it!Grin
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
7 Mar 2013 12:49PM
love the performance of it...
TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 12:52PM
Is taking photo an easiest form of art and that's why most if not all people do it?

Does it therefore reduce its value as art compare to music, painting and maybe sculpture?

Tony
JohnParminter 7 1.3k 14 England
7 Mar 2013 12:53PM

Quote:Apart for those who do it for a living; why do you take photos?


For the last 3 or 4 years almost exclusively for a book.

I've taken photos for a specific reason.

Now that I have completed my mission, I'm not all that sure I will use the camera again, I will probably need another reason to continue using it.

JP
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
7 Mar 2013 12:57PM

Quote:Is taking photo an easiest form of art and that's why most if not all people do it?

Does it therefore reduce its value as art compare to music, painting and maybe sculpture?

Tony



recording sound is probably just as easy, but you don't always end up with classic album.... or hit single
7 Mar 2013 1:08PM

Quote:Is taking photo an easiest form of art and that's why most if not all people do it?

Does it therefore reduce its value as art compare to music, painting and maybe sculpture?

Tony



Taking a photo is easy, making it interesting/appealing is a different matter. In the same way, drawing stick people is simple but hardly comparable to a well drawn/painted portrait
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
7 Mar 2013 1:23PM

Quote:In the same way, drawing stick people is simple


L.S. Lowry's stick people paintings fetch a fair bit! Wink
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 1:43PM
1. I take photo's because I enjoy creating something that I like and can be proud of, I practice as I want to keep getting the buzz of finding improvements, also with people as I like helping them find photo they are happy with.
I want one day to be paid a bit for my hobby and that's why the getting better part is important.

2. Easiest form of art, well I disagree - we all mostly have a pencil but we don't all become artists - I think we use camera's to capture or even enhance the worlds beauty for us to see later; Some use pencils and digital art to add new beauty into the world.


I don't think exclusivity alone is a real wholesome measure of value.
Real value is oxygen, water and heat. Fashionable value is having aspirational possessions.
AlexandraSD 3 435 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 1:47PM
I always thought recording sound was harder than recording visual images, be it still or moving ones. I went to college to take a course on sound mixing and music production in the early 90's and was quite overwhelmed when faced with a big mixing desk, leads everywhere, amps, recorders, i remember thinking ill never take all this in. I did eventually but by christ it was tricky to get it all together.

I guess now its easier to record sound, technology helps a lot, you dont need any musical talent to create a half decent track nowadays, even i now have a fair few tracks on my hard drive which i constructed electronically using samples etc, but you do need to know how music is structered, pretty much the same way as a photographer ought to know how to compose an image.
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
7 Mar 2013 1:53PM
No idea why ! !

I suppose it is something to do at the week-end.
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 2:54PM

Quote:I always thought recording sound was harder than recording visual images, be it still or moving ones. I went to college to take a course on sound mixing and music production in the early 90's and was quite overwhelmed when faced with a big mixing desk, leads everywhere, amps, recorders, i remember thinking ill never take all this in. I did eventually but by christ it was tricky to get it all together.


Similar memories - the engineer teaching me simply covered all but a fraction of the desk with a large piece of card, and stated, pointing at the uncovered area, "but all you need to think about is this bit..... for now", which put things into perspective.

A camera is more like a complex microphone, whilst photoshop is more like a mixing desk Smile