What kind of equipment do you guys use? Do you photograph as a hobby? For a living? Or just take some snapshots at certain events (birthdays, parties, other social happenings)?
I have a Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i in the US) with a Canon EFS 18-55 Lens and a Tamron 70-300 Travel Zoom. Also I have the small canon speed lite 270.
So I am far away from really professional Equipment but for a hobby .. it's more than sufficient. I prefer to take pics to capture (sometimes even small) stuff that I see or experience. But every know and then I just do something to take pics of it
Photography for personal use me, Konica Minolta 5D DSLR currently with a Tamron 18-200 sitting on it, a Manfrotto 180 tripod and a bunch of little accessories to go with it. I've shot for work and personal use and at the moment are doing more older buildings. However, when I'm out shooting I often carry a spare card just to pop in if I come across something 'interesting', as you do
I tend to shoot night shots a lot when I can, and can trawl the city to get the right shot to what I see. Plenty of locals around to try and spoil it though, and despite my sexual preferences I tend to join more male than female photo mates, but they're all straight. But I still enjoy the photography too.
Of course it doesn't help I had a Christian upbringing and it's still surprising the prejudice I get from outside and inside the church. Photography is another way to hide things and interests of course.
Of course, occasionally work gets in the way too, but I've found that the flexibility of work often helps with my hobbies than regular stuff Last year I was on Rigids, now I've got to Artics
I just joined the group and am looking forward to participating. I'm from the Boston, MA area and freelance often in event photography (all kinds), architectural and interior design, and aviation. I'm also a part time photojournalist with an aviation news company based out of New York.
As a hobby, I enjoy landscape and seascape photography as well as automobile photography. I enjoy going to the local car club shows and photographing the American muscle cars from the 60's and 70's.
I'll try to post some of my work soon...but I have to re-process them to get rid of my copyright markings and strip the metadata if I'm to post them here.
I shoot high end Nikon (older D2X and D3s) with a variety of Nikkor lenses. But one of my favorite lenses is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 super wide zoom which I use for interior work. Great, sharp lens!!
For those you like to use a tripod, I can't stress enough to use a good one. A really good tripod will eliminate a lot of headaches and bad shots. Get the best one you can afford and with a ball head...you'll never look back.
I use Adobe Lightroom 3.6 and Photoshop CS5 for processing my images. I've been using PS for 13 years. Please feel free to ask me for any editing advice if you get stuck. I'll be glad to help.
Best Regards, Falcon
Recently upgraded to a Canon 7D ... great camera. My everyday & travel lens is the Canon F5.6 18 - 200mm. I also use a Canon F2.8 100mm macro lens for macro and portrait photography. Got my eye on a couple of other lenses ... one day, hopefully, I'll be able to afford them! lol My external flash is a Canon Speedlight 430 EXII and I also own a terrific tripod that has a monopod insert (can't remember the make at the moment ).
I mainly use a LUMIX GF1 with the standard 14-45 lens, but I have no idea how to use it to full extent so I basically only use automatic...
I also have a Fuji FinePix Real 3D W3 that I use when I want to offer a 3D picture of someone (they can be printed on special paper).
And finally an Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 for underwater fun and the beach.
I photograph as a hobby, interested in buildings/architecture, macro, plants and flowers...
My approach... errr since I don't have any technique I shoot hundreds, then select the ok one and photoshop all of them, mostly just to crop/frame, sometimes to play with colours/HDR or collage ...
I use a Nikon D40 with Nikkor lenses. An 18-55 and a 70-300. I use to take pictures of action sports (skateboarding, BMX, FMX, etc.) and skateparks. Now I just take random pictures and pictures of vacations.