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  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    Mar 2009

    Advice on getting started...

    Hello - I've always had a casual interest in photography but never really perused it. After now being laid off from a marketing job for the 2nd time in about 4 years, I've been thinking about it even more. I've started to do research on getting an Associates Degree in it.

    How did you get started? Did you always know you wanted to do this for your career (if you do!) I'm just trying to figure out what to do next...

  2. #2
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    Mar 2009

    Re: Advice on getting started...

    I'm not a professional photographer but I do have a degree in advertising design so I had a few classes in photography which have helped me greatly.
    I have a few friends that are professional photographers but don't have degrees in it.
    One of them was an engineer until he retired and decided to do his hobby (photography) as a profession and stays pretty busy doing portraits and weddings.

    Nikon D90
    Nikon 50mm 1.8D
    Nikon 18-105 3.5 VR
    Nikon 70-300 4.5 VR
    Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

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    Ex-Modster Old Timer's Avatar
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    Feb 2004
    KY, USA

    Re: Advice on getting started...

    I was a Radio/TV major with a minor in Journalism. I took one photography course in college and have been hooked for 40 years. Learn all you can and then decide. You will know soon enough if you have a passion for it or not.
    Don't forget about the Gallery. Are your photos there??

    Nikon Samurai #13

    "A photographer is known by what he shows not by what he throws. The best photographers have the biggest trash cans." Quote from Nikon School sometime in the early 1970's.

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    Analog Photographer, Digital World Axle's Avatar
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    Dec 2004
    Milton, ON, Canada

    Re: Advice on getting started...

    I had one unit in a grade 12 media English course. After that, I picked up a $5.00 1969 Minolta Hi-Matic 7s.

    Haven't looked back since.
    Alex Luyckx | Photography
    Capturing Beauty in Everything

  5. #5
    Junior Member
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    Feb 2009
    Northern Territory, Australia

    Re: Advice on getting started...

    I started when the school bought a new fuji s9500, it was great to learn the basics, then borrowed a mate's dad's D70, then bught my own D40, now just bought a 2nd hand D200. All in the space of 21 months.

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