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    Posted: 26 May 2007 at 08:17
A new topic - greatest regret in Photography

What is the single decision you've made in your time in this hobby that you most regret and would overturn if you could?

Apart from beating ourselves up in public - this topic will also capture a lot of lessons that relative begineers like me havent made yet.

Mine - I delayed buying a DSLR too long. In my previous job I was lucky enough to travel a lot and had quite a bit of opportunity to strike out on my own in places like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China and for almost all of that time I made do with an "old" (by digital stds) Canon 3.2 meg compact. In the end I saved a few hundred dollars by holding out on the A100 until the price fell to around $700 but as a result I blew that chance to record many of my travels as they deserved, in hindsight that was dumb.



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Well, I'm not sure if I really regret this as I have learned something from it, but mine would have to do with thinking I could get away with buying the cheap stuff instead of getting what I really want.

Examples:
- "Oh look, a superzoom, no need to buy both a wide-angle and a telephoto anymore!"
- "Hmm... I guess both of these tripods have three legs, I don't see what the big difference is."
- "What?! That much for a BAG? Forget about it..."
("Some" of these might have been a little exaggerated, but you get the point...)

...so my tip to myself is: Get the one I really want the first time, instead of only after I've become too frustrated with the cheap one... and in the event that I think the cheap one really might be OK - research it some more, because in most cases, there is something I am overlooking.
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Mine is quite simple.

I did not get into digital until the 7D became available, so I lost all that lead time in terms of becoming proficient at processing which is still a weakness of mine.

A minor "niggle" is that I did not keep all my old negs from a year spent in Aghanistan in 1953.

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Originally posted by larsholm larsholm wrote:

Get the one I really want the first time, instead of only after I've become too frustrated with the cheap one... and in the event that I think the cheap one really might be OK - research it some more, because in most cases, there is something I am overlooking.


larsholm -- that's one of the best bits of advice to a newcomer.

My father always used to say buy the best as he reckoned that there was a saving to be made from fewer breakdowns/repairs (and even better warranties). It has taken me far too long to learn how good that advice was.

A film Canon P&S he purchased 30 or so years ago still works well.

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Doing a project in college on Scottish castles i had around 100 photos. On leaving college I forgot all about the folder until a few months later. When i went back to pick up the folder the department had been moved and all the "old junk"(my folder included) lying about had been put in the bin. :(

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To believe that minolta lens prices wouldn't rise.
 



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My greatest regret was not shooting raw for the first 6 months after I bought the camera. I could have saved a lot more shots if I had.....

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not being careful enough with all my shots.. i dont setup, i dont get multiple exposures to pick the right one, i never use a tripod, i just stop for an instant, shoot, and go on walking. I ruined many oppurtunities by behaving like that.

on the otherhand, i think i'm protecting myself from the frustration of not getting a good shot after getting prepared. I just act as i don't care at all, i don't want photography to become another stress in mylife. I shoot while i pass by, sometimes change my way for a good shot, but not so frequently.

After then, when i come home, i know in deep that i could get better shots if i tried. It gives a feeling of emptiness in my mind.

If i will be able to change this and shoot more seriously depends on if i feel confident that i wont grow tired of photography because of the added stress. I dont for the moment.
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@ Turerkan

My style is somewhat like yours, and I don't regret it either. On my trip thru the South Island of New Zealand I would stop the car and spend as much time crossing the road as I did actually taking some shots.

I guess we come to believe that most of the time we will get it all very right, but -- yes -- we do trip up from time to time.
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Originally posted by larsholm larsholm wrote:

...so my tip to myself is: Get the one I really want the first time, instead of only after I've become too frustrated with the cheap one... and in the event that I think the cheap one really might be OK - research it some more, because in most cases, there is something I am overlooking.


That's the so-called "1st Nemecek law of financing":
I'm not rich enough to buy cheap stuff.

When I'm buying the cheap stuff instead of the real thing I wanted (but I considered as too expensive), I end up buying the real thing later anyway, loosing the money "invested" in the cheap stuff. Example: Lenses.

Or I have to buy the cheap thing multiple times, since it breaks repeatidly. Example: filters, accessories.

Or it breaks and creates "collateral damage". Example: Bags, tripods.

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That's the so-called "1st Nemecek law of financing":
I'm not rich enough to buy cheap stuff.


Cheap doesn't mean automatically bad quality, but it's like lottery ...sometimes you win, mostly you don't ....
Like my becoming Italy trip; wanna some allround lenses for that, thinking I'm needing 28-200 zoom ... so now I have bought one Tamron, one sigma and one tokina/soligor/cosina ... two of them are useless (sigma, soligor) and one acceptable (Tamron)... anyway, I have used less than 100 for those three zooms
The plastic fantastic (Cosina 100/3,5 macro) is kinda win of lottery ... less than 50, and pretty good macro and short tele....

Move closer is most important rule whatever you do with photography ... and mostly forgotten thing.
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My motto: You Buy Cheap - You Buy Twice
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Cheap, Fast & Good.

Any two will make a worthwhile purchase, all three together rarely come along.

My deepest regret(s). Never taking more photos of my late mother and father.
Getting out of photography for 20+ years because I was "too busy", so much pleasure missed :-(
I've been away!
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Lost files !

Most intelligent souls have back ups but I got a lightning strike a year ago and lost so many shots - I felt like I had lost a limb for weeks. I lost about two-thirds of my Tibet shots and almost all of my trip along the East coast of the US. Some of my favourites were during a storm at sunset in Washington DC and I lost all of them.

If this has happened to you then you know how awful it feels. Getting a good picture is such a good feeling; losing it forever is just as bad.

So now two hard drives is not enough; I do DVDs too and have a big spike protector.
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