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Photogrpahy Kit

Am I being cynical? I've enjoyed photography for more than 40 years, and scrimped through the early years. But - now that I have all that I wish - the impetus has gone. Or am I simply getting older?

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21st Jan 2019 12:09:32 (Last activity: 10th Mar 2019 17:26:58)
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Hi Tax Judge, I too started with my first camera in 1985, went through several years enjoying my photography.
I took many hundreds of pictures over about 10 years or so, I set up my own dark room in our spare room, I even did some free work for a preservation society locally,
trouble is I think I burnt myself out,
I retired two years ago, I spent the first year getting into a rut, then last year my wife suggested I buy myself a new camera and take up photography again,
I bought myself a bridge camera, as I didn't want a load of gear to lug around, it has been a life saver for me, I bought a canon bridge camera, only a couple of hundred pounds, and have not looked back.
I shot flowers in the garden etc, then decided to photograph and document some of the local villages around my part of Hampshire, just to give myself a reason to go out.
I have not got myself a subscription to the RHS, whereby I can go and photograph just about any flowers you can think of, ( flowers are a favourite subject for me )
I now post them on this wonderful site, and email to friends and family, I also post on face book, (a site I never had any interest in ) before, and also on Pinterest.

The other thing I found was that because some photo's can look a bit bland, and wishy washy, I've downloaded several free editing apps for my laptop. and spend hours of fun playing with my snaps, before posting them. giving them a boost to make them sparkle a little.
hoping the sparkle returns for you too.
Response from CaroleAH made on 21st Jan 2019 12:31:51
Hi Leonard,
I would be interested to know which free Apps you use. Photoshop is so expensive. I use Topaz Studio - a site recommended by my local U3A Digital Photography group.
Response from LeonardM8 made on 21st Jan 2019 15:30:24
Hi CaroleAH, I did reply to you, but couldn't see the reply button, so replied on private chat from email, hope you got.
Response from FullofZest made on 21st Jan 2019 15:56:57
Lightroom might be worth a look
Response from LeonardM8 made on 21st Jan 2019 16:04:30
thank you FullofZest, I've looked at that before, and CaroleAH may want to check this out too
Response from CaroleAH made on 21st Jan 2019 16:24:14
Thank you both - will look at Lightroom and 🙂
Response from SnapperEddy made on 10th Mar 2019 17:26:58
For those on a tight budget and do not want to subscribe to monthly Light Room fees, you can for go for Photshop Elements which is a stand alone photo editing software. There are many more as well, Paint Shop Pro and others to edit photo's.
14th Sep 2016 13:18:00
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I am of to North Cornwall soon to photograph that coastal area with eight other amateur photographers and enjoy the company of others, and still find the taking of photographs stimulating and learning something new all the time, you are never to old.
19th Mar 2016 06:39:11
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Is it that, when time or money limit us, then the rewards of doing something, feel greater. When its more easily available, its not as valuable?
Finding a different hobby for a while, you may go back to the photography with renewed interest after.

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