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I Am Teaching Myself Photography

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 238 People

    Experiments

    I started using my DSLR a few years ago and always tried to get the perfect picture . I took photos of everything . I took long exposures , over-exposures , under-exposures , mainly for HDR images , high speed exposures and even night exposures. I've experimented with the 1...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 31, 2010

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    Always Learning

    I started teaching myself when I was 15 and 30 some years later I am still learning. I am a luddite on this subject, I mean auto focus,really?  I did break down and get a modern (notice I didn't say better) camera and found that if you need the auto focus and all the...
    jami01 jami01 46-50 Nov 27, 2009

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    Harder Then It Looks

    Photagraphy is a lot harder then you might yhink. when you take apictrue you are painting with light. the photograohr has to know the type of light there is, how much to use, and how long or strong he wants it. most pepole have these camera phones and think that they can take...
    charlesruth42 charlesruth42 46-50, M Aug 26, 2013

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    F/stops, focal length,

    time delays... ahh, photography, what an awesome subject!
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    Never Too Late To Start

    I've always loved photography, but never envisioned having a nice enough camera to get serious about it.  That's changing this Christmas.  My company is giving me an Olympus E620 for having worked there for 25 years.  I'm really jazzed. It won't get here for...
    GideonWright GideonWright 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 2, 2010

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    A Life Long Chase

    My first camera was an Instamatic with the cube flash. I was in Jr high school.The second was a Miranda 35MM. A bulk loading and a temporary darkroom followed.In 1980 I sold the Miranda to some people I was working with in Peru. I replaced it with a Canon AE-1 with a fast 28 mm...
    Codemanblue Codemanblue 56-60, M Mar 17, 2012

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    I Went To See If I Could Get A Job With A Photographer Yesterday

    She told me I shouldn't go to an art school for photography I should go to a business school. I know that if I go to a university I am going to fail out, because I just can not do school anymore. I'm not stupid but I can't stand it anymore. I've been taking pictures for about 4...
    GibsonR23 GibsonR23 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 13, 2010

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    Share A Story? Hmm Maybe Just A Little About Myself First.

    Average 27 year old living an average life enjoying the little things in it. Sitting here looking at this blank screen is making my head feel all buzzy... I wonder if im the only one thinking this right now? lol aside from not sharing anything of interest, I am interested in...
    Tegb1 Tegb1 26-30, M Jan 11, 2013

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    I'm On A Steep Learning Curve

    The trouble is that I just can't trust anyone else to take pictures of me.  I don't know how some people have such a knack of making me look like a total doofus but they seem pretty accomplished at it!  From now on I will be holding the camera and there will be an end...
    surfingsundays surfingsundays 31-35, M Jan 20, 2010

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    Thanks To My Wife.

    I have been doing and learning photography for about 8 years now. My wife actually got me interested when she bought me my first digital camera. Photography takes a lot of dedication and patients to learn and do. to someone who is reading and may considering starting out I would...
    jlewis3555 jlewis3555 56-60, M Sep 27, 2010

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    I Used To Do It Alot In High School

    I took a photography class then I was all like why am I doing this? I started teaching myself it. I got permission to use the black room. I actually did the yearbook that year. I was so proud of myself. To this day I still love taking pictures and love to do my scrapbooking with...
    GreenEyedBeauty GreenEyedBeauty 22-25, F Oct 25, 2009

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    "Photography is a love affair with life.

    " I've never had a fear of not becoming something . I know it will happen with time. I'm just scared of my first step. I don't know were to start I thought maybe an internship. idk anymore.??
    SJsmith23 SJsmith23 13-15, F Jun 17

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    I Guess You Could Say That...

    I have been taking a lot of pictures over the last few years, since I got my first digital camera. I have just been playing around, trying to take my camera with me on my walks, (after being out at sunrise and sunset a few times and really wishing that I had brought my camera...
    BonVie BonVie 41-45, M 7 Responses Jun 12, 2011

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    I Like Taking Pictures of Things

    My goal--being a self-taught photographer I like bringing my digital camera along with me when I am out. Pretty much I can take pictures of everything. (note: usually I don't take pictures of people, except for little babies) I enjoy the moment of taking a snapshot. It is just...
    winniebree winniebree 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    I have never really ever thought of my self, as beautiful, hell I have never even thought of my self, as even average. I just always feel like, I am the ugliest person in the world...
    BroknGirl89 BroknGirl89 26-30, F 28 mins ago

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    I often cry myself to sleep, more than usual lately, I am going through a whole lot right now, especially with my family, there has been a lot of stress, and during the day I smile...
    BroknGirl89 BroknGirl89 26-30, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    Photography is my outlet, I pour my soul into my work. (Cover photo is mine) I put everything I have into it. Photo is the joke of the art department "it's not real art" "it's...
    photo1234567 photo1234567 16-17, F 11 hrs ago

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    From an early childhood I have enjoyed photography. I have done landscape, senior pics, model photos, but I enjoy event or street photography. It is so much fun capturing...
    bluebeard1978 bluebeard1978 46-50, M 16 hrs ago

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    I absolutely love photography, and I am so lucky to live in such a photogenic area that every time I go out there are pictures just asking to be taken everywhere you look. I always...
    LadySylvia LadySylvia 36-40, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    Wow. Just. Wow. I'm still a little shocked at myself. I wonder if he is too... He made me mad, you see. Not like it's the first time he's made me mad in 15 years, of course...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    1. I'm afraid of people and can't socialize. 2. I have hurt people in the past to make me feel better about myself. 3. I'm the ugliest person I have ever seen. 4. I'm not skinny...
    brokenxwings0 brokenxwings0 16-17, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Overtake→ A boy with his parents was travelling in their car. Father was driving and son was sitting in the back. Dad was driving this car very carefully because it was quite...
    wintersecret wintersecret 31-35, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I just checked my grades on the site, and I've failed two classes this semester. My GPA is officially the lowest possible, and I'm going to be put on academic probation yet again...
    girlinwhite girlinwhite 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I studied Taekwondo for many years as a kid, until I became a 1st degree black belt but I'm not sure about my self-defense skills by now. That was something I stopped doing since I...
    somniatorlupus somniatorlupus 18-21, M 2 days ago

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    photography is a medium that allows us to express ourselves in a way that words cannot
    Alahiker Alahiker 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Walking around in nature. I could walk forever. In this national park that I find myself in, like so many hikes I've done before but, this one is different. I'm alone as I walk and...
    Sometimesilence Sometimesilence 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    Mobile photography ftw. #25characterlimit
    HISkip HISkip 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I find that photography is an outlet for me to express my emotions, and I believe that there is nothing more exciting than being able to evoke an emotional response from one of my...
    kobikw kobikw 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    I love photography because it allows you to capture the world in a different light , you can get so close up and see a glimpse of something, or you can back up and show the whole...
    Jewels10022 Jewels10022 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I think photography is amazing. I feel like it enables you to capture beauty that is often looked over or goes unnoticed.
    padfootlives padfootlives 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    So my friend sent me this you guys should see my website photographyismylife.simdif.com
    photographyismylife photographyismylife 13-15, F a week ago

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    I photograph what I feel. Born in picturesque New Jersey, I was drawn to taking pictures from a young age. I saved money so I could buy my first Cosina camera at the age of 15...
    onlybychance onlybychance 46-50, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    Growing up I always felt as if something was wrong with me. I actually got to the point where I hated myself. Due to bad family members and associating myself with bad people, I...
    solojo solojo 31-35, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    To me black and white photography is very quiet, Very soothing.  Peaceful
    LadyGallivanter LadyGallivanter 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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    I actually don't really like colored photography. I appreciate it for what it is but it fails terribly in comparison to black and white photography in my opinion. One of my...
    TheSundanceGal TheSundanceGal 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 24

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    Im really starting to hate my scars I use to think they were beautiful but I don't think that anymore because now every time I look at them it reminds me how much I hate myself i...
    butterflybaby123 butterflybaby123 13-15 3 Responses Jun 24

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    Why am I so upfront and talkative with people but avoid a relationship at all cost -.- I'm not afraid of asking people out, I'm not insecure about myself. In fact my confidence is...
    Spagoodles Spagoodles 18-21, M Jun 23

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    Wow, seems like everyone else here has positive experiences to share. Some of the following will be super negative, but some are slightly positive (I guess?): When I was in...
    nerdfighter314 nerdfighter314 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    I took this a while back and I haven't been doing much photography lately
    DeijiDaze DeijiDaze 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    My image of myself is not as others tell me I am. Intensely flawed, broken and worthless is often what I see when I look at my reflection. I struggle with the compliments that...
    Superficialsaint Superficialsaint 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    1. I am 5 foot six inches tall. 2. I have a serious weakness for dark chocolate. 3. My bed is the best place on Earth, apart from my favourite running spot. 4. I cook pretty much...
    Superficialsaint Superficialsaint 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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    Not a fan of having other people take my picture, but I love taking pictures of others. Have been into photography since middle school. In high school for yearbook and...
    SunnyRaye SunnyRaye 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    My wife is my photographic model and for that I consider myself very lucky
    speedaway speedaway 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 20