Photography~

Camden, Indiana
March 10, 2017 12:03pm CST
I cannot get motivated to take more pictures. It sucks because it has helped me in the past get through panic attacks and break downs. Just walking and taking pictures of nature or when I had cats...I would just go outside and hang out with them and take pictures of them. I keep going back and forth on selling my camera since.. well I have been dying for a new tattoo and that would definitely get me a new tattoo. I am just too scared to sell the darn thing because I worked hard to get it and spent a nice chunk of change on it. Anyway. I love photography and it has been a passion of mine since 14 years old. Almost a good decade of this hobby. I've realized a few years ago that I knew I wasn't going to be making any good money off of it. It made me quite depressed and unmotivated. I knew I wasn't going to get my dream job. Just a thought. A little rant/vent. A pouring of feelings a bit. Anyone else have a dream job that is unreachable?
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@Gina145 (4004)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Mar 17
We all lose motivation from time to time but I wouldn't give up on something that's been your passion for such a long time. Maybe you just need a new project to bring back your motivation - like taking close up photos of things you don't usually look at. You may not be able to get your dream job but there are other ways to make money from your photos. Why don't you try putting some of them on products at Zazzle? Maybe they'll help you to raise the money for your new tattoo.
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• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
Thank you. I have tried to be creative with it. I also have a friend who tries to help me get motivated and such. I just need to actually kick my depression in the butt a little and get myself more motivated to go actually pick up my camera. Thanks for the advice.
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• United States
10 Mar 17
@TheAmazingSquid One of the symptoms of depression is losing interest in things like hobbies. Have you ever spoken to your doctor about what you're feeling? Sometimes we need a bit of external help to kick depression in the butt, and there's nothing shameful about that regardless of what the mainstream perception happens to be.
• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
@owlandbutterfly Oh I have talked to a doctor. Health insurance is nonexsistant for me right now because well I am jobless.. I have had depression for probably 10 years now I think. Parents never really helped when i was a kid/teen. Now i cant afford a therapist or perscriptions. So im working with just myself.
@megatron777 (3778)
• Guam
10 Mar 17
It's so hard to give up one passion or hobbies, 'cause its part of our life and of who we are as a person. Anyway, I hope you still continue with your photograpy as your life time passion. Good luck!
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• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
Thanks! It's very hard to give it up. I don't think I really can.
• Guam
10 Mar 17
@TheAmazingSquid I know it's a part of you that you can't let go.
• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
@megatron777 It really is.
@maezee (32250)
• United States
10 Mar 17
Sorry to hear this. I used to be big into photography as welll. My advice would be to not get rid of it and find another way to save up for the tattoo if ppssible.
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• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
Im trying. Thank you!
@tzwrites (4912)
• Romania
10 Mar 17
Don't give up on photography. It's a good hobby.
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• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
It is a wonderful hobby. I don't think I could actually give it up because it is pretty much my only creative outlet.
@minx267 (14551)
• Hartford, Connecticut
10 Mar 17
Aw, sorry your down photography is awesome. I make some money with my photography by selling it and design I make from it on Zazzle, society 6 and a few other places... Not enough to live on. But extra cash. I also uploaded my good pics to EyeEm . Great place to share and always the possibility of selling. But great community. Maybe renewed interest will help motivate you.. You should check out EyeEm.com.
• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
Thanks for the sites. I will be sure to check them out. I really appreciate it!
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• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
@minx267 Thank you a bunch. I appreciate it so much. I am making a Zazzle right now and I will be onto the next site and such. I can't design too much simply because my photoshop is gone T___T But i have tons of pictures so... hopefully. Who knows. Thanks so much.
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@minx267 (14551)
• Hartford, Connecticut
10 Mar 17
@TheAmazingSquid I use a site called pixlr to spice up some pics. Its free and easy and fun too use.
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@Prshnth (945)
• Bangalore, India
10 Mar 17
well then enjoy it........you know what you are doing.
• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
It is hard to enjoy something when you have no motivation to do so. Depression sucks the motivation and light out of everything.
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@Prshnth (945)
• Bangalore, India
10 Mar 17
@TheAmazingSquid i just have one word for you........present moment....you are breathing and that's the biggest reason to be happy
• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
@Prshnth Easier said than done, homie. A lot of people like to tell people with depression that they just have to think happy and be positive. It's the equivalent of telling someone with cancer to just get over it.
• United States
10 Mar 17
Why aren't you going to get your dream job? Becoming a professional photographer isn't an unreachable goal, especially if you've invested the time and effort into learning how to use the equipment. It might be tough starting out, but once you've built up your portfolio and established your shooting style it'll get easier. Word of mouth helps a ton, too. You're going to have to work at it to make that dream a reality, but it's so worth it.
• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
Where I live is not the place to do so. I would need to move pretty much across the country to get where I want. I also cannot afford to go to college for it. I don't think I will stop working for it but I have to be rational.
• United States
10 Mar 17
@TheAmazingSquid You don't have to go to college and get a degree to become a professional photographer. There are tons of tutorials available online that will teach you about basic principles of photography. Sure, college classes help you master those principles and apply them to your work, but you don't need them to be successful. Learn about aperture and how it relates to ISO and shutter speed. Play around and create photos of everyday objects with Christmas-light bokeh in the background. Teach yourself how to light a shot. Have a friend pose for you, or hire a model if you need to. Some of them will even do time for prints to add to their own portfolios if they're just getting started. Do people live where you live? Do they have events like weddings and birthdays? Then it can be the place to build your portfolio a bit and master the techniques you'll need to be successful. And if not, you'll be prepared to hit the ground running when you move to get where you want to be. Really, the only things holding you back are your preconceptions.
• Camden, Indiana
10 Mar 17
@owlandbutterfly I have always wanted to go to college. Online so I can move at my own pace. It is hard for me to concentrate and stay focused. I also learn very slowly. I am not dumb but I am a slow learner. I used to take pictures of friends all the time actually. It kind of stopped when I wasn't in high school anymore and lost a lot of friends. People do live near me but not many actually. I live in the middle of stinkin nowhere. I cannot travel on my own due to my own problems and such. I understand that there is a way of doing it but with my own issues and such it is a lot harder for me to reach.
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