What’s Your Expectation As A Photographer? - Dave Kai Piper
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// 15 min read – Personal viewpoint article about the expectations of being a photographer from the first day with a new camera to ten years later.

Do you remember that first real camera that you picked up and thought, photography, I might give this a go. We all remember it, for some of us it’s a while ago but for others, it’s a fresh memory.

My first ‘proper’ camera was a Nikon d200, I wanted a Canon but the cash wasn’t there at that moment, so, Nikon it was. I remember picking up a second hand Sigma flash and Manfrotto Tripod. I was ready to take on the world – with my one 18-70mm lens… I had dreams of international flights, shoots in Hollywood and a garage full of fast bikes, Harleys and old Triumphs. It quickly turned out that I was drinking the wrong kool-aid and was brought back to earth with a bump. So what should my expectations be for the First Day, First Week, First Month, First Year or First Decade?

For this, I am building from the idea that this is your first ‘real’ camera.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Ellitt Erwitt

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