We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have been hearing lately about all of the iPhone photo contests. It's become a big deal. Your pics are not allowed to be cropped or manipulated. A friend of mine is entering one of his iPhone shots from duck hunting in Quebec last fall into a contest/show in New Haven. Too bad he wouldn't email me the pic.
Fancy machines are not necessary for interesting pictures (not that an iPhone is a comprehensible or un-fancy machine to me). Real cameras seem to be becoming seen as clunky, obsolete artifacts except for nature documentation, Japanese tourists, fashion photogs, and the press corps. Often, imperfect and flawed photos are good and fun to look at. Photos from 1900 are wonderful.
In general, I try to avoid taking photos. "Why would I want to do that?" I will never look at them again.
I take thousands of digital pictures a year, and label them all so that I can find them and use them as needed. I do not find it hard to keep up, even when I was taking 1500 pictures a month. I just used 75 of them taken over a period of years in a powerpoint presentation this morning. Been taking and labeling pictures for ten years, at least as long as I've had a digital camera. I use both an older Canon SLR with a big zoom as well as an Apple I-phone.
What do you mean by "Real Camera" in this context?
I've got a preference for what I refer to as "real glass", meaning something that has a F on the front. Or F/ if you must (My "pocket camera", a near 10 year old Lumix LX3 does F2.0. I'm looking at the latest version which does 1.4, which is not bad at all)). I've also got a (near) decade old Pentax K10D and a small set of lenses for it (including a F1.3 50mm equiv. Well, nearly equiv).
William O. B'Livion
I got my first 35 mm in 1964 and I have been hooked ever since. I put all of my families pictures on my computer and of course with digital cameras every picture I take goes there as well. I have worn a camera case on my belt for the last 12 years and I still carry my larger camera whenever I go some place. Photography is a great hobby. I can remember so many things over the years that I wish I had taken a picture of but didn't have a camera with me. I can still see those things in my minds eye but I do wish I had a picture too. When I hike I try to get my pack under 20 lbs but I still carry my camera. On a trip to Australia a gentleman we met there had lost his camera while at the Australian zoo. He was so sad to have lost those pictures that I offered to send him a CD with the pictures we took there. I recognize that I look like a tourist or worse an American tourist when we travel and I carry that camera everywhere but I am so accustomed to it that I just don't care.