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Ali Choudhry Photo

Posts: 176

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

I love it when I'm photographing. And when I'm not, I'm either editing or looking at pictures or thinking up ideas for shoots. And if I go a week without taking a picture, I start getting angsty. This has been like this for like two years now.

Anyone else obsessed?

Jul 06 13 11:42 pm Link

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1472

Posts: 1059

Pembroke Pines, Florida, US

Yep it happens

Jul 06 13 11:52 pm Link

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Robert Jewett

Posts: 2460

al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia

Not all.  But the ones I've met who weren't were boring. smile

Jul 06 13 11:59 pm Link

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Lentille de Guerre

Posts: 147

Seattle, Washington, US

Yup.  I'm in "angsty" mode now - haven't shot in a while.

Jul 07 13 12:09 am Link

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Dan Hudson

Posts: 489

Binghamton, New York, US

I agree and I have been this way for over 25 years!

Jul 07 13 12:13 am Link

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BrandonLuong

Posts: 1016

Los Angeles, California, US

I took a mini vacation (4 day weekend) and it feels amazing, sometimes you need to take a step back and turn everything off and enjoy life. But yes, I am already starting to feel the pressure to get back into it. Its calling me

Jul 07 13 12:13 am Link

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OTSOG

Posts: 141

Benicia, California, US

There's no apostrophe in "photographers" -- obsessed enough for you?

Jul 07 13 12:17 am Link

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BarryH

Posts: 861

Taipei City, Taipei City, Taiwan

OTSOG wrote:
There's no apostrophe in "photographers" -- obsessed enough for you?

Maybe he means "photographer's _______________." Fill in the blank: anxiety, girlfriend, esophagus, chihuahua, yak, deltoid, cabbage, etc.

Jul 07 13 12:23 am Link

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Gulag

Posts: 1250

Duluth, Georgia, US

“Those who want to be serious photographers, you’re really going to have to edit your work. You’re going to have to understand what you’re doing. You’re going to have to not just shoot, shoot, shoot. To stop and look at your work is the most important thing you can do.” - Annie Leibovitz

Jul 07 13 12:23 am Link

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Sam Dickinson

Posts: 470

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Yep, another obsessed photographer here too, haha.

Jul 07 13 01:00 am Link

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Renato Alberto

Posts: 901

San Francisco, California, US

Ali Choudhry Photo wrote:
I love it when I'm photographing. And when I'm not, I'm either editing or looking at pictures or thinking up ideas for shoots. And if I go a week without taking a picture, I start getting angsty. This has been like this for like two years now.

Anyone else obsessed?

Yep...For 33 years, and it does not get any better....To the point that I even take my laptop on vacation to work on photos....

Jul 07 13 01:20 am Link

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Kung-Fu-Flavor

Posts: 584

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I was told by a female friend back in 1996 that I was obsessing. This thread has got me thinking she may be a little right. I don't think that I can turn it off so easily.

Jul 07 13 01:29 am Link

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Kung-Fu-Flavor

Posts: 584

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

dp

Jul 07 13 01:29 am Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 36710

Columbus, Ohio, US

Ali Choudhry Photo wrote:
I love it when I'm photographing. And when I'm not, I'm either editing or looking at pictures or thinking up ideas for shoots. And if I go a week without taking a picture, I start getting angsty. This has been like this for like two years now.

Anyone else obsessed?

I can easily go a week....two or three between shoots.

Jul 07 13 01:35 am Link

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T A R I K

Posts: 1245

BRONX, New York, US

Ali Choudhry Photo wrote:
I love it when I'm photographing. And when I'm not, I'm either editing or looking at pictures or thinking up ideas for shoots. And if I go a week without taking a picture, I start getting angsty. This has been like this for like two years now.

Anyone else obsessed?

1+

Jul 07 13 01:36 am Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 36710

Columbus, Ohio, US

OTSOG wrote:
There's no apostrophe in "photographers" -- obsessed enough for you?

The world is now a better place with your grammar instruction.

Jul 07 13 01:37 am Link

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Good Egg Productions

Posts: 15710

Orlando, Florida, US

yup

Jul 07 13 01:51 am Link

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Yingwah Productions

Posts: 1341

New York, New York, US

Most of the established photographers I know put it aside when not working. If I'm in a photo pit of a sports or runway show we usually talk about anything else but photography. If we're at a party we try not to say what we do at all, invariably person will ask oh do you shoot weddings? and you have the same long conversation explaining what you do, how you find work, blah blah

Jul 07 13 02:00 am Link

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Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Yes, I have the numbers 666 behind my ear... oh wait.. obsessed? I thought you said possessed.. smile

But ya.. that.

Jul 07 13 02:06 am Link

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Jeff Fiore

Posts: 9224

Pelham, New York, US

You know you're obsessed when you have to check out the lighting in a magazine ad....

Jul 07 13 02:06 am Link

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Bearz Images

Posts: 816

Asheville, North Carolina, US

I make images whether I have a camera with me or not.

Jul 07 13 02:09 am Link

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Chronos Creations

Posts: 353

Benidorm, Valencia, Spain

I'm a musician and photographer. I must always either be doing music, video, or photos, or bad things happen!

Jul 07 13 04:05 am Link

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Chris David Photography

Posts: 477

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Shooting is what I enjoy most but its only a portion of the work. There's a lot of post production and admin/marketing work also on top which I don't enjoy that much but is a necessity. 
My personal projects is what is what energises me and  also seems to be what receives the most attention all round but I always seem to out them aside due to projects/contracts that pay the bill.

Jul 07 13 04:49 am Link

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Ars Gratia Artis 908

Posts: 80

Wooster, Ohio, US

Yes. I normally take over 1,000 pics per shoot. It's very hard to find models on the outskirts of Amish country.

It was photography or my marriage. I wanted both, my wife said "no".

I shoot again real soon...

Jul 07 13 04:59 am Link

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WIP

Posts: 15543

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Most photographers I've know outside of MM talk about anything but photography.

Jul 07 13 05:02 am Link

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mphunt

Posts: 901

Missouri City, Texas, US

Shooting IS relaxation.

Jul 07 13 05:07 am Link

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salvatori.

Posts: 3836

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, US

I'm obsessed with looking at naked girls; this I know... tongue

On a serious note, I am certainly obsessed on the day of a shoot. Why wouldn't I be? I get to fall in love (artistically, of course) for an hour or so with a beautiful woman.

It is my drug of choice.

smile

Jul 07 13 05:18 am Link

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The F-Stop

Posts: 1510

New York, New York, US

I love it when I'm shooting.. I zone out into another world, got a special connection to my model, we work as one.. such a wonderful feeling!

When I'm not shooting all I see are ideas for the next shoot. My model is dreaming of outfits n poses.. we're still communicating.. a special connection indeed!

Jul 07 13 05:22 am Link

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Mike Collins

Posts: 1922

Orlando, Florida, US

Obsessed?  No.  Having been at it professionally for 25 years, I can easily put the camera down, turn off the lights and go enjoy so many other things this world has to offer.  They're just pictures.  I can create another one tomorrow, or next week or next month.  Even if I see a great moment and don't have a camera, I still enjoyed observing it with just my eyes.  That's something I feel a lot of people need to start doing.  Put the iPhone down and just enjoy the moment for crying out loud!

I do like to "keep up" and discuss my craft with others, whether it be accomplished pros or even the attendee at corporate event asking me about my camera.  I do like coming on here and other forums and see what others are discussing or bitching about.  I learn something now and then and shake my head at others.

Photography is a lot more fun as an amateur.  As a pro it can be a real pain in the ass sometimes and a break from it is welcome relief.  Until the bills start piling up again. smile

Jul 07 13 05:24 am Link

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Jeffrey M Fletcher

Posts: 4344

Asheville, North Carolina, US

Wide variety, for some it's a job, even a job they hate. I'm of the sort who wants to do it, feels quite lucky with it and has some degree of depression if circumstances prevent me from doing it.

Jul 07 13 05:30 am Link

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The F-Stop

Posts: 1510

New York, New York, US

Mike I think you are right.. as a Pro it was just a job, but now that I am retired it is so much more fun. Maybe because there is no presure to make the bills at the end of the month.

Jul 07 13 05:41 am Link

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Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

@ op Yes I must say. Up to now I have shot twice as much as last year.

Jul 07 13 05:56 am Link

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I M N Photography

Posts: 2342

New York, New York, US

Ali Choudhry Photo wrote:
I love it when I'm photographing. And when I'm not, I'm either editing or looking at pictures or thinking up ideas for shoots. And if I go a week without taking a picture, I start getting angsty. This has been like this for like two years now.

Anyone else obsessed?

I can't go a week without shooting!
I am obsessed with keeping up with my responsibilities, and paying my bills.

Jul 07 13 05:59 am Link

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Charlie-CNP

Posts: 2644

New York, New York, US

It's what gets me up and going in the morning! big_smile  Always shooting every day.

Jul 07 13 06:13 am Link

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Z_Photo

Posts: 6957

Huntsville, Alabama, US

I'm feeling a strong need for a trip to the mountains

Jul 07 13 06:22 am Link

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ontherocks

Posts: 22610

Salem, Oregon, US

back when i first started i had no fear. it was all good. there was no way to go but up. maybe it helped that i was hiring traveling models who didn't expect pictures. now i understand how hard it is to do consistently good work and as you do trade with great models you start to wonder if you can deliver. maybe i have the camera yips a bit. then again i did chat up my hair stylist yesterday about a shoot and was also scouting a new location. so maybe i'm not done just yet.

Jul 07 13 09:21 am Link

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Lumatic

Posts: 13750

Brooklyn, New York, US

I don't say "obsessed."  I say, "It's what I do."  wink

Jul 07 13 09:29 am Link

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Volition Graphics

Posts: 436

Seattle, Washington, US

Same here. Love it. Want more of it. It's a top of mind awareness for me 24/7. Yep I think I need help.
What really sucks is living in a small community with a very small supply of good models.  sad

Jul 07 13 09:32 am Link

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PhillipM

Posts: 6551

Martin, Tennessee, US

Not at the moment...

Jul 07 13 10:10 am Link

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Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

A week?

I need an image rush every few minutes. Virtual or real.

Years ago it was a longer lasting rush by buying magazines.

Jul 07 13 10:22 am Link