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  1. RocketCowboy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SkvLTD
    Income % aside, anything pro means that you deliver results without any excuses. Fun and games still matter, passion drives the whole car, but you consistently make it to the finish line no matter what. Amateurs are allowed to make excuses, pro's aren't.
    Great distinction.
  2. SkvLTD's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RocketCowboy
    Depending on your distinction between pro and semi-pro (I call myself a former semi-pro musician before I went down the IT path), my goal is to get this to where it's generating some income quickly. I would probably still classify my goal as to become semi-pro, but really that just depends on where you draw the line between the two.

    Thanks for reading and for taking the time to add your thoughts. Much appreciated!
    Income % aside, anything pro means that you deliver results without any excuses. Fun and games still matter, passion drives the whole car, but you consistently make it to the finish line no matter what. Amateurs are allowed to make excuses, pro's aren't.
  3. RocketCowboy's Avatar
    I absolutely understand both sides of the discussion here.

    For my day job, I stay fairly refreshed on Apple hardware since access to newer WiFi functionality like 802.11ac typically requires the latest hardware. That latest hardware usually drives a minimum OSX release which will likely keep me from being able to run older versions of the OS. The home Mac Pro sets my lower OS limit right now which is 10.9.1 if I remember right. Likewise, while I do have an upgraded iCloud account, I don't have any desire to pay those storage prices for keeping even my finished pics in the cloud. It's just not cost effective for me, and I can access the home office storage a couple different ways from the road if the need arises where I need to pull down some archived RAW files to work on unexpectedly.

    I still have a few projects that I started in Aperture, so will continue to sort through those, but after that I suspect I'll start looking at alternatives in parallel to what I'm doing with Aperture. I agree with Ron though, while the Adobe pricing is ok by my budget today, my fear is that as competitive drops away, this option too becomes unwieldy and too expensive at some point and I'm once again back in the hunt. Time will tell.
  4. RON's Avatar
    Hey, Ifeel your pain. I send Apple a poison pen letter once a day now. I use OX 9.3 or some such and I too will use my Aperture for as long as I can. If I have to skip software upgrades, so be it. Will probably not use their new "Photos" app at all. The fact that they are dumping on all their pro and semi-pro user will come back to bite them in the end.
  5. Woodyg3's Avatar
    Yeah, Ron, I bought Aperture just a month ago and really have been working to learn the program. Then this news pops up. The thing is, I will be able to use Aperture for quite a while down the line, I figure. They will have an updated version to work with Yosemite, but I really don't know that I have a reason to go to Yosemite when Mavericks is working well for me. I could see sticking with Mavericks and Aperture for many months or even years. The only hang up might be RAW files if I were to buy a new camera.

    I guess we'll have to see what this new app "Photos" (what a lame name!) will have feature wise.

    I have zero interest in having my pics on the cloud. If I want pics on my iPad or iPhone I can putthem there myself. Same if I want iPhone pics on my computer for some reason.

    Sorry for rambling.
  6. RON's Avatar
    Well that is the way I would do it then. But I an not giving up my present Aperture till the pry it from my cold, dead fingers I paid for it and I am keeping it.
  7. SamSpade1941's Avatar
    There is no monthly fee on light room or Photoshop unless you are using the cloud versions of the software. I have owned numerous versions of Adobe's creative suite and purchased them from a vendor. The only cost I have incurred after purchase is any plug ins from third parities I have wanted to use.
  8. RON's Avatar
    You know that at one time you could purchase Lightroom thru the Apple Aps store. If I had known they were going to abandon us I would have purchased it then. I hate the idea of a monthly fee.
  9. RocketCowboy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FastGlass
    I think the most important part of shooting and knowing the gear is knowing when and where to use and choose what aperture, shutterspeed, iso to use on any given situation. Walking upon and given scene and just knowing what settings to use gives you an advantage on walking away with a more positive percentage of good shots. I'm a self taught photographer. Still learning about composition and posing. I've been a member of a few forums but this group of people by far gave me more positive advice than all others combined. Like the other post said. Project 365 is a good part of this forum to get good ideas, advice, feedback. That and just keep shooting and learning from what you can create.
    This is the forum that I keep coming back to and hit the refresh button on throughout the day. I really appreciate both the wisdom and the personalities here.

    I agree with your priorities ... knowing the gear and what the right settings are for any given situation. For whatever reason, I feel a sense of urgency to pick this up quickly, and so the whole training discussion for me is a tangent on what options are available to help me self teach my way faster.

    I'm going to reconsider doing something like the 365 project. I've started bringing the camera with me on my past two business trips, so now it's just more a matter of getting the habit started.

    Thanks for the feedback!
  10. RocketCowboy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SkvLTD
    Practice, shoot in raw, get some non-Ai prime to practice your exposure and manual focusing. Create and get used to a workflow for processing RAWs. Rest is literally, shooting every day and having your goals clearly set.

    Why do you shoot? Then aim and keep on keeping on until you hit it.

    Mine was to go pro one way or another, as soon as possible, and I've pretty much made back my FX jump equipment in less than 3 months. Still chump change, but exponential process towards my ultimate goal. Watermarks de/redesigned, business cards ready to print, etc.
    I've been leaving the 35mm prime on and leaving the rest of the lenses at home for the most part lately. It does AF, but my goal has been to try multiple manual exposures adjusting aperture/shutter/iso as I go. While I'm just starting to play with the software side, my goal is still to get the best image off the camera first and understanding how to do that.

    Depending on your distinction between pro and semi-pro (I call myself a former semi-pro musician before I went down the IT path), my goal is to get this to where it's generating some income quickly. I would probably still classify my goal as to become semi-pro, but really that just depends on where you draw the line between the two.

    Thanks for reading and for taking the time to add your thoughts. Much appreciated!
  11. FastGlass's Avatar
    I think the most important part of shooting and knowing the gear is knowing when and where to use and choose what aperture, shutterspeed, iso to use on any given situation. Walking upon and given scene and just knowing what settings to use gives you an advantage on walking away with a more positive percentage of good shots. I'm a self taught photographer. Still learning about composition and posing. I've been a member of a few forums but this group of people by far gave me more positive advice than all others combined. Like the other post said. Project 365 is a good part of this forum to get good ideas, advice, feedback. That and just keep shooting and learning from what you can create.
  12. SkvLTD's Avatar
    Practice, shoot in raw, get some non-Ai prime to practice your exposure and manual focusing. Create and get used to a workflow for processing RAWs. Rest is literally, shooting every day and having your goals clearly set.

    Why do you shoot? Then aim and keep on keeping on until you hit it.

    Mine was to go pro one way or another, as soon as possible, and I've pretty much made back my FX jump equipment in less than 3 months. Still chump change, but exponential process towards my ultimate goal. Watermarks de/redesigned, business cards ready to print, etc.
  13. RocketCowboy's Avatar
    Thanks guys! I think I'm slowly getting there ... particularly to the comment on walking around the subject. Last weekend I was trying to shoot a tree that was half dead, half living that looked like maybe it had been struck by lightening. Couldn't get the lighting right, until when I was walking around I saw it from the other side.

    I'm trying to shoot something every day, but it hasn't been frequent enough to do a 365 project. So far I've done something a couple days each week ... more so than my exercise routing right now, so there's hope.
  14. Moab Man's Avatar
    To add to what Ron said, walk around the subject when possible. The side that catches your eye may not be the best side.
  15. RON's Avatar
    Practice, practice, practice. That is the key. Pick a tree. Shoot that tree in all types of light, in all seasons, at every f stop. When you get a photo you are proud to hang on your wall, your 5 per cent to your goal. Then pick another subject and start all over again an practice---------------
  16. Moab Man's Avatar
    If you're not already doing it, a project 365 is one of the best educations you'll get at a pretty quick pace. Plenty on here will vouch for that. As well as asking those on here how they did a particular image. Good luck and keep shooting and shooting and... You get the idea.
  17. DraganDL's Avatar
    Excellent camera. Keep on enjoying in using it...