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When I first started documenting daily life I was wondering what kind of equipment a professional photographer might use. I saw photographers for big name and awesome companies like national geographic magazine with all sort of stuff. Pockets, bags, cars and planes full of stuff.

Naturally I got the impression that I needed all that stuff to. Big cameras, stabilizers, lenses and all other things. I wanted everything. But to be honest you don’t need any of it. Of course it’s always fun to have something new and to buy a new lens, to get that extra flash or a whole new camera. And sure it may help you to do things that were almost impossible to do with your old camera. But do you need it to make good pictures? No of course not! “But what do I need?” some of you may ask. Well it depends on what you want to do.

It all starts with the camera, if you are a click and shoot person you don’t want to over-buy a camera, a smaller mirrorless camera would be sufficient. I have even seen some professional photographers going for this option. Because you can carry your camera and maybe even one or two extra lenses in your pockets and you don’t have to worry about carrying the weight, your camera equipment won’t get in your way. You will be quicker and blend in, people won’t notice you that much and that’s a big advantage.

Conversely if you have very big goals, then you don’t want to under-buy your equipment. If you want to photograph the small macro world around us, shoot dramatic long exposure shots or want to shoot from very long distances then you will have to spend some more money to get the right equipment. But don’t dive into it, dip your toes into the water. Start slowly it will pay off in the long run. You will become a much better photographer, trust me! And this way you don’t have to throw all of your money into your photography right away.

Remember your camera is just a box! You see the world with your eyes, and your brain. The camera is just a box, with some fancy stuff in it. Some of the photographers I enjoy the most actually use very old and used camera’s. Most of the time it just depends on your photography skills, just like anything you have to learn and you will become better with time and practice.  

So If you are just starting out, don’t go overboard immediately. Buy a good camera, don’t spend thousands of dollars. Buy a camera with a kit-lens. Just one lens. And start photographing. After some time passes. Look at your photographs and go from there, look at you photographs and think about what you are trying to do. What will make it easier? It doesn’t even have to be a new equipment. But if you think it’s time to buy new gear at least now you know exactly what you need for your photography. Don’t just buy equipment for the sake of it.

Personally I use an pretty old entry level canon dslr. And a newer fujifilm, but still not so expensive, camera. I would advise everyone that is looking to get started with photography, or is thinking about a new camera. To really consider what camera you need.

Remember those national geographic photographers? I bet you that most of them got there job there because they shot great pictures with any camera. Most of them started taking awesome photography with “simple” cameras and it wasn’t until it was there job that they bought those pockets, bags, cars and planes full of stuff.

Peace and love,

Jorn


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There has always been a lot of weird talk about light “good light” and “bad light” “harsh light” and “soft light” in photography. The key is always to use the light, any light, to your advantage. Don’t make excuses! Even if the light is too harsh, or too soft for your taste. Because to be honest there is no such thing as bad light.

Sure good light will make things easier most of the time. But will it make you think? Will it make you adapt? If the light was always “just perfect” would your photographs be better? I don’t think so! Well maybe in the first month of our “just perfect” world. But if you have to struggle to get that photograph just like you see it in your mind you will grow as a photographer much quicker.

I shoot a lot of good an crappy photographs in any light, in my home, on the streets, on vacation. And every day I get excited about light. Because every day the quality of light is different and I see beauty in that, you will never see the exact same thing twice. Which makes photography so much more interesting. And the more I shoot in low light or weird light conditions the more I grow as a photographer.

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Starting today I will try to make, and upload a new street photograph every day. I hope this will be a long journey: one in which I will evolve and grow as a street photographer and build up a new collection of awesome street photographs.

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I can not say that I didn't see it coming. It was empty in a hour of two in the lasts months, and now it won't even charge above a very low percentage, and in my camera it "dies" almost instantly. So new shots could take a while. since I'm thinking of buying a whole new camera instead of a buying just a new battery for my canon 500D although maybe I will anyway since I love that old camera!

So I won't be uploading any photographs the coming weeks :(

What do you think? Any suggestions for a camera below 1000euro are welcome. or should I just buy a new battery and save more money to buy a way better camera later this year?
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So unexpected! I was looking at the front page of deviantART and saw one of my own photographs in the daily deviation section. I couldn't believe it, so I started rubbing my eyes and when I was done it was still there!

The rebel
The Rebel by Ymntle-Aleoni

I'm so proud since I only started with street photography last summer!

Thank you :iconofonesoul: for suggesting and :iconkaz-d: for featuring!
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Mine,

1. Watching The Wheels - John Lennon
2. Ball and Biscuit - The White Stripes
3. Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles
4. Dark was the night, cold was the ground - Blind Willie Johnshon
5. Truth doesn't make a noise - The White Stripes
6. Lies - The black keys
7. Can't stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Layla - Eric Clapton
9. Goodbye yellow brick road - Elthon John
10. Old man - Neil Young

Damn that was harder then I thought! And I will probably have a whole new list in a couple of months :lol:

Anyway post you top ten!
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Hi everyone who might read this I need some nice photographs of living rooms or bedrooms, so that I can photoshop my art on the wall. I have seen that a lot of artist that try to sell there work do this. It really let's the customer help to see how the piece might look in there own living room.

The problem is I have no idea were I can find those photographs, I mean I can't just pick any photograph from Google due to copyright.

If anyone knows something, I am all eyes.
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I decided to make more of my popular photographs available here in the print section on deviant art. Industry and nature was already available and has even been sold, which is amazing! That people would buy my work is great. And every time I'm really thankful.  So wish me luck. Now that more art is available for prints, maybe I will sell something again in the near future.

Greetings
Jorn
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