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    Re: What do you do for living?

    well..I;m probably one of the newest guys here...so..
    I am a realtor, here in the New Orleans area...but to be honest..I do still run my dental laboratory, to pay the bill...and keep the boss happy
    Really just getting started with OCF, and still reading, and learning each day.
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    Just your average Interventional Radiologist...I stick things into people for a living...
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    At the moment, for a living - I put tins on shelves when the shops close.

    I am a mum by day.

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    For last 8 years or so I've owned a portrait photography studio. Do about 150 non-contract high school seniors, families & pets, limited amount of "social" events like weddings. Before that did 7-8 years of youth sports and equestrian photography before coming in out of the rain and into the studio. Went digital in 1998 or 1999.

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    author/practitioner; workshop presenter; photographer (for 35 years). Every image of me when I was a kid featured a Nikon!

    In the film days (Leica, 2 Photomic head Nikon F2As), I shot all available light (dance and theatre), and products, mostly for brochures (Pentax 67).

    Some years photography brings in the most income (especially when I am writing); other years it's the workshops.

    I am John Deere's only non-American photographer, apart from a guy in Germany who has recently been engaged by JD's new "Water Division". I have a week-long shoot coming up for JD here in Australia when I get back from Piacenza (presenting a workshop there in a completely different field).

    I shoot and direct video too (was a network TV director along the way, ABC, here in Australia) as I make all the products I sell from my site.

    My claim to 5 minute's of fame is that I wrote and directed a 47' documentary starring Arnold Swarzenegger, before he made Conan and became really famous, called "The Comeback"; it was a finalist in the 1981 Sydney Film Festival—and Andrew Lesnie (Oscar winner for the Lord of the Rings series) was the DOP—his first paying job!

    I met Guy over at Fred's site, on the "Leica DMR Bible" thread. He and I separately tested the prototype BrightScreens for the 5D and (from memory) the DMR; he will correct me on details!

    It is a diverse group here, to be sure. Regards to all, KL

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    Nothing; others have to work to pay my pension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonomichele View Post
    Somehow this group does not quite seem representative of the population at large.
    Which is why our arguments for appropriate gear are never real world either.

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    Re: What do you do for living?

    Enterprise Architect for a large telecommunications software company.

    Really that's a fancy job title for my real job which is to evangelize about all those systems people loathe and detest that use voice recognition and a bunch of smart technology you never hear about to send your calls to the right person at the right time or alternatively handled without the aid of a human. I hate the brain dead way some of my customers use this stuff too btw and always ask for "agent", "customer service" or press zero at the earliest opportunity

    Lots of years designing and building financial trading and banking systems.

    A bunch of years in the web business designing and selling payment systems for web sites you're probably familiar with and use every day.

    Some people fish. Some people hunt. I use photography as my pastime to force me to leave the technology business behind and get out of the house or office and visit interesting places and sights at ungodly hours of the day.

    I've been serious about photography for about 15 years and continuously strive for creativity and inspiration to take better photographs. The good news, and a relief, is that they only need to please me. You folks that shoot for a living have my respect and sympathies too - I couldn't do it or I'd starve trying ...

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    Economics research student...Shame that I can't do natural experiments :P

    Recently I've been beaten by Leica bug!

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    New here. U. S. Marine Corps 1965-73, over-the-road driver (mostly auto transporters) 1973-2008, retired October 2008. Got my first SLR in 1998 and haven't looked back. Progressed to the point I had shot a few weddings, family portraits, reunions and junior sports leagues while I was still working. When I retired, I had all the equipment I needed so bought all the licenses, insurance, etc, to set up a pro-photography business but it seems that I am not really cut out to be a businessman. I can handle the photography part alright, get along fine with the people, it's all the rest of it that I don't seem to be interested in.
    Fortunately, I don't have to rely on an income from photography so I am seriously considering not renewing my licenses in 2011 and only photographing what I like. The last few years I've been so busy learning to be a professional photographer that I haven't spent much time on what drew me to it in the beginning.
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    Welcome Al.
    I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing. - Alfred Stieglitz

    Website: http://www.timelessjewishart.com

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    Re: What do you do for living?

    Quote Originally Posted by ashfaque View Post
    Recently I've been beaten by Leica bug!


    Sounds right. That bug doesn't bite, it clobbers you repeatedly on the head and wallet. It hit me hard last week.

    Matt

    Oh, me? I was an academic mathematician for 10 years, went to Wall Street in the early 90s, and am sort of still there, although no longer working at the banks anyone's heard of.

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    I picked up a camera when I was four, myparents ,bless them, gave me a camera which I promptly took apart to see how it worked. They gave me another with my promise to not do that again. Quickly they put me on a film allowence, I had one roll a week, it taught me a lot. I had my own photo business at age 12, my parents made me write out a business plan and keep books. I worked my way through college as a photographer. I worked for four older photographers over a seven year period, advertising and archtectural and PR. Then Horses, then weddings and carriage trade portraits, then portraits, more of a mass market. I went into business for myself, and did mostly architectural and product illustration, but a little bit of everything, started an advertising agency and liked that. One of the recessions killed the ad agency and I went into sales, sales management and training and customer relations. I have always done Fine Art photography and painting. Now I am a landscape designer and community outreach director for a small cemetery. So I market, do the PR, copy write, photograph a great deal of the grounds, of which I design. It is like landscape photography except I design the landscape. I started a gallery at the cemetery and we exhibit every month. I will be showing an Oliver Galgiani exhibit in May, if any of you are in N. California and want to see a really shamefully under rated master artist, you are invited. But the shows here are quite good. Last year I showed one of the founders of the Blind Photographers Guild. Magical stuff. Joe

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    I've been doing quality assurance since the mid-80's, mostly on software but some hardware and firmware. Now I write software that tests other software, but moving from that into more of an architect role.

    I had romantic notions of becoming a Nat Geo photographer not long after buying my first camera in 4th grade but I have since learned that it's a very tough job, not so romantic after all.

    I'm satisfied as a hobbyist, but if I could see a clear path to replacing the income from my high-tech career with one in photography it would be very hard to resist. My only other concern would be that I don't want to turn it into a "job", I always want photography to be enjoyable.
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    Mostly IT infrastructure (servers, storage, etc). More details:

    Engineer by education:
    Ceramic Engineer - fuel cell and lamp phosphor research (and a patent that I no longer understand…)
    Process Engineer - micro electronics

    Computers by hobby turned pro:
    System Administrator
    Marketing - websites, management
    IT Manager
    Back into sys admin work, where I am now. I feel fortunate that I am mostly happy with with work.

    Got into photography when my father-in-law gave me his Canon FD system back in 1999.

    My only photo gig has been doing a few "Photo Booth" type deals, like you see in the airport. I take 6-7 pictures of people being silly, pic the worst four and print them up on a vertical strip. It is a big party hit, and a lot of fun to do.

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    Well - I'm chipping in to be polite, but I don't really think I have anything interesting to say!
    I'm a botanist by training, a mycologist after that (PhD half written up - still mouldering in the attic).

    For the last 23 years
    I have had a small software business with specialised ERP software for SMEs in the oil industry . . . . and I take pictures, sometimes for money, but mostly because I don't seem to be able to stop.

    There, you see, :sleep006::sleep006::sleep006:

    Just this guy you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    . . . . and I take pictures, sometimes for money, but mostly because I don't seem to be able to stop.
    :-) I like that a lot. :-)

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    Senior IT Support Technician and Team Leader for large financial company in South Africa. Been cuffed to my desk here since 2006.
    Father of a beautiful 5 month old son (Yes, he is the focus of 50% of my photography, as my wife takes up the other 50%).

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    Retired 12/31/2010 from banking after 42 years from small community banks. Held almost every management position in those years and almost the whole time as a Vice President. Hard to make President while the President's son waits in the wings. Photography has been my main hobby for at least that amount of time although I have earned money from it on many occasions.

    Greg

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    Part time Architectural photographer, full time Software Engineer, working for Apple on IOS (networking, vpn, wireless)

    Lots of fun toys.. in both jobs

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    Retired environmental research scientist. Spent the bulk of my career at Cornell University investigating acid rain impacts in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State, Sweden, Norway, and Canada. I've always been interested in photography since building my first darkroom as a teenager and now finally have the time to pursue this hobby fully.
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    Cardiologist-scientist, university-based. Specialty is sudden cardiac death in young people.

    My dad hooked me on photography -- still remember doing contact sheets in the spare bathroom and watching them develop. Still love shooting film -- over the years have slowly acquired all of the cameras he had dreamed of owning (making sure that they are of early 60's vintage like me)- just wish he was still around so we could share them.

    Totally a hobby for me, nothing like an evening in the darkroom or an afternoon with a handful of film holders and my 4x5 to help me forget a tough case or the never-ending granting effort.

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