A new appreciation of money

posted on 23rd of march, 2012
>I am an active photographer for more than 40 years now, always been an amateur. My parents encouraged me to spend their money on equipment. Later on when I started to spend my own money I continued the trend, never really thinking about cost. Of course I did not spend unlimited amounts but with each business trip to the USA I always left few hundred dollars or more at a photo store. Either a new camera, new lens a better strobe, there was always something cool to buy.

I had one of the first usable digital cameras that came out, a Toshiba, 3 Mpixel, a point and shoot in today’s parlance, for which I paid $1200 in 1999. Never thought twice about buying it or not. Fast forward to 2012, I have a GH1 micro 4/3 Panasonic camera and I live in the USA so no more shopping trips. On Dreamstime since 2007,...

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Posted by Hanbaoluan on March 27, 2012
I wish you a speedy buy according with heart of camera!
Posted by Egomezta on March 26, 2012
When I started taking photographs I buyed my own equipment and until I entered DT I made a commitment that all my equipment should come from my earnings...So it has been a new way to see and do things, because photography is my hobby but it returns the time that I spend with money to buy better equipment.
Posted by Bradcalkins on March 25, 2012
It seems along the same lines as why parents encourage kids to get a job. Earning the money yourself makes you appreciate it more, even though you may have more overall as a result of the job :)

I often find myself out buying something and think to myself that that purchase erased a whole day's sales, or week's, or month's :) I also agree on the cameras - I've posted in a many a forum that I don't understand how microstockers justify a camera like the 5D MkIII or D800. I guess for many they would have bought these cameras anyway, so the stock photo income takes a bite out of the purchase. It is very easy to get caught up in the game of getting the latest and greatest - I'm as guilty as the next guy of that! Even my own cameras, while modest compared to the list of full frame bodies and L glass some have in their signature, are still more than I really need to succeed here.

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