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| p.2 #4 · What "grade" or type of photographer are you ? |
During my youth and young adulthood, I was always a low-volume shooter due to not having a lot of discretionary funds. Back in the film days, I had decent equipment but spent very little on film and processing. I was thinking that during my once or twice-a-year trips to Yosemite (a 6 to 7 hour one-way trip at that time), I would shoot maybe 3 or 4 36-exposure rolls total.
In 2004, when I resumed my photography hobby, I had far more discretionary funds and have been able to invest in very good equipment. However, I was still a low-volume shooter, still coming from the older mentality of shooting sparingly, despite each shot now being essentially “free”. Furthermore, I began trying to pause consciously and compose my shots, and not just shoot indiscriminately, which limited large volumes of images. However, as I am trying to learn to blend images either manually or via automated software, I am now bracketing more, which adds substantially to my number of images. Still, I estimate that my Canon 5D2 only has 8,000 images total since I purchased it new. What also limits my camera actuations is that I shoot only landscapes and not just anywhere. I typically do most of my shooting on my vacations or one-day treks out somewhere. By the way, we are going up to the Olympic National Park area soon, and if I can bring home 600 images, that would be a record.
Being a better photographer is important, but I also have other interests, hobbies, and responsibilities.