Really? Is that all it takes? (And Ramble)

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Really? Is that all it takes? (And Ramble)

Just read this quote on a 'friend's FB status:

"Love the pics! Looks like you had fun! We got a camera that takes professional pictures. Shane paid a kidney for it. Haha! Lets get babies together and take pics!"

If that's all it took, there would be professional photographers out the wazoo...oh wait, there already are because they THINK the camera takes the pictures for them :eekout:

Sorry I've been MIA the past couple of weeks. We just put our house on the market while we were in Greece and we just got back on Tuesday at around midnight. I'm exhausted!!

On the plus side, I took over 1,000 pictures, bad side is I've got to go through them all and edit. I got the plane ride and Athens edited....that leaves Mykonos, Patmos, Turkey, and Santorini to edit...UGH!!! I'll be working on pictures for WEEKS.

I'm was pretty excited once I took them off the cards and onto the computer. Now looking at them again, I feel like I didn't do the place justice. I could have done better. I WAS proud that I shot ALL manual and didn't severly blow anything. I guessed at settings in most situations and was pretty close. I can definately tell I'm better at judging light and getting things right in camera.

Anywho, look forward to catching up on everyone!

Here's a few just as a little taste. These are all quick edits and done on my laptop while I was in Greece. I'll be going through them all again and for final edits Smile

Of the three lenses I bought for this trip (12-24, 24-70, 70-200) I used the 24-70 95% of the time. LOVE that lens!!!

Greece 1

Greece 2

In front of Parliment the morning after the protests
Greece 3

Greece 4

Greece 5

Greece 6

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It bugs me when people say that too! I hate it when people say that I should take pictures for money. I'm no where near being able to charge people for my services. I wish I were, but I'm not. Plus, I'm not sure I could afford the overhead!

GREAT photos so far! I can't wait to see the rest. Those are some beautiful clouds from the plane!

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

It bugs me when people say that too! I hate it when people say that I should take pictures for money. I'm nowhere near being able to charge people for my services. I wish I were, but I'm not. Plus, I'm not sure I could afford the overhead!

GREAT photos so far! I can't wait to see the rest. Those are some beautiful clouds from the plane!

Thanks Smile

The bolded is me too. My cousins and family all throughout the trip said I should be charging and doing this as a business.

1) I'm not good or consistent enough
2) I already have a full time job, family, and life. I don't need the added time sucker of doing shoots and processing
3) I can handle stress at my job all day long, no problem. I can stand employee's *****ing at me for this, that, and the other. But, if ONE person doesn't like my pictures, I'm Debbie downer for the next week. I don't have the nerve nor the stress capacity for a photographer!

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Oh Welcome Back! Looks like an amazing trip! I can't wait to see more!!!

And as for your friend's comment ... I think we've all been there at one time or another. I just bite my tongue and smile.

Again, good to have you back with us!

GiGi

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That's a lot of pics to edit!!! WOW! I too think it's funny to hear people say it's the camera b/c it's not. Sure, you can get lucky sometimes in auto, but manual is the way to go. Thanks for sharing those pics! Cant' wait to see more!

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Welcome back! The pics so far look fab! What a fun trip! I've always always wanted to go to Greece!

The camera thing annoys me, too! A few months after I got my camera, a friend of mine went out and got a Canon that's one step below a DSLR. I guess you can shoot fully manual in it, but can't change out lenses. Anyhow, we were talking specs a few weeks ago (I said mine was only 8 megapix) and she got really, completely haughty about her 14 megapix camera and how she could blow her pics up huge. Well, sorry, but that means a whole lotta nothing when you don't know how to use the camera properly in manual mode (which she doesn't!). Plus, I don't know too many people who want a mural of themselves in the living room. Wink

She's constantly complaining to me about how her pics suck and she loves mine and she can't understand why her's don't come out like mine. Not that I do spectacular work, or anything, but it's annoying that she thinks shooting in auto with on-camera flash will produce the same as me shooting in manual with natural light.

Enough about that. Wink Can't wait to see more of your Greece trip! And welcome back!

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LOL! Why don't we ever hear things like....

"Doc, you must use a really great scapel; I hardly have a scar."
"I love Rembrant's work. He must have used really good-quality paints."

Go figure.

I look forward to seeing your trip shots. Were you there during all the protests? I was in Athens, Santorini and Mykonos in 1990, but I never went to Turkey. I hope to get there someday...

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Great pics! I agree comments like that are ridiculous, people just don't THINK.

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You can be a good or even great photographer, but to take it to a professional level is a totally different story, there are other skills to it then taking good photos.

Its incredibly difficult to capture some of the atmosphere of places no matter how hard you try, you don't get the sounds and smells, don't let that get you down. From what you've shared so far you did a fantastic job.

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Ugh, the whole "it's the camera that takes good photos" thing bugs the heck out of me. That's why every Tom, **** & Harry think they can be a photographer. I was also getting pressure to start charging and now that I have prices in place, nobody wants to fork out for photography *sigh*

I hear you on being uber busy. We have also put our house on the market, accepted an offer on our and made an offer on another (subject to mortgage evaluations). I seriously have not touched my camera in 2 solid weeks, I've barely had time to breath, lol! The upside is that the place we are hopefully moving to is upmarket, semi rural.... they won't know me from before and hopefully they will have money to splash out on custom portraiture! There are 2 churches in the village so I am thinking of training to do weddings.....

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Great pictures, Jennifer! Sorry your friend is "lame" like that. Haha. Don't you have you a million replies you would like to write back to her?! Ugh, I'd find it hard to resist. Smile

Are yall staying in the area?

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Anyone interested can go to my website to see my favorites from the trip. Or, (if you're so inclined) you can go to my flickr account to see my Greece set. There's about 250 edited photos there...

Jennifer Paris Photography

Jennifer's Greece Flickr Set

Candace, we're staying in the same area. We're just quickly running out of room and need more space. Now that I know what I want in a house, I'm really looking forward to the hunt! Now, if only we can get one of the many showings at our house to actually put in an offer, we'd be set!

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Love the photos. I've always wanted to go to Greece and these photos make me want to even more!!

Those comments bug me and I'm still pretty terrible in manual (though still shooting entirely in manual). I actually know a "professional photographer" that a lot of the previous comments could apply to. It would be unkind of me to bad mouth her work, but it does prove the camera does not make a photographer

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AMAZING photos!! looks like a wonderful trip!

and i don't think the comments will ever stop, i often ask them if they would tell someone who had an A in math that their calculator must be amazing. i heard them on my p&s and am hearing it now on my dslr, in fact a friend of mine just bought the same camera as me (d3100) because she convinced herself looking at my FB albums that it took much better photos than her d90... no joke lol

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Thanks for the complements Smile