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    Serious hobby (I don't mind selling a print here and there, but it happens only rarely), but it still costs less than hubby's hobbies (rebuilding a muscle car; guns). And hubby buys cameras for me.

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    I teach photography (analog!!!) at a community college. I teach what I love, get paid for it, then go home to spend that money doing what I love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    Pro smoker, amateur photographer here.

    Since a pack of 10 is nearly a roll of film in the UK, you'd think I'd have quit by now. Tomorrow...

    It is a terrible, terrible habit. Don't wait until you need to have both of your lungs removed. I'm sure that would cost a bundle. Money which otherwise could have gone towards basic photographic supplies.
    "Lo único de lo que el mundo no se cansará nunca es de exageración." Salvador Dalí

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    i am a dedicated amateur. Nevertheless, I have sold quite a few photographs and done a few commissions.

    I have been asked by friends several times if my hobby pays for itself. Far from it.

    They have a hard time getting their heads around doing something so costly with such little monetary reward. The irony is that most are golfers. I ask them how much money they make playing golf. They finally get it.

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    Thank you all for the feedback, as I see most are hobbyist and we all have to manage the cost the best we can to keep it up.
    Let's hope the prices get stable.

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    I'm strictly hobby too. I process film for a guy at work which covers some costs. I have not sold any prints, but if the opportunity arose, I would probably take it. For the most part, its not too costly for me at the moment. I got a great deal on my aunt's old darkroom equipment. She is a wedding/studio photographer who has been digital for last 15 years. I also got a boatload of paper from her that is old, but still in very good condition. A few 100 packs of 16X20 fibre paper...yea probably $600-800 worth of paper in all. Once I eat through that, it will get more costly for me and I may start looking for simple ways to SUPPORT my hobby.

    At least this hobby has the POTENTIAL to help pay for itself. My other hobby is homebrewing. It is legal to brew up to 200 gallons per year per household. Selling homebrewed beer is strictly illegal without the proper licensing (and taxing) in all states.

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    Just a hobby, for 40years and all cameras are as old, have a part time job now that pays all photo stuff, am retired from driving trucks in circles all day eeh haaa. My wife pays for every thing else just about, even a plane ticket to Japan to visit her relatives, and I'll be taken my recently cleaned and adjusted Rolliecord there to take Photo's eeh, haaa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    Pro smoker, amateur photographer here.

    Since a pack of 10 is nearly a roll of film in the UK, you'd think I'd have quit by now. Tomorrow...
    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fart View Post
    It is a terrible, terrible habit. Don't wait until you need to have both of your lungs removed. I'm sure that would cost a bundle. Money which otherwise could have gone towards basic photographic supplies.
    As he is in the UK it won't cost him anything. Still not a good reason to cause its necessity though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Friday View Post
    The irony is that most are golfers. I ask them how much money they make playing golf. They finally get it.
    Yeah, but golf is a bigger waste of time.

    Photographers, especially those who specialise in long exposure work, literally make the most of theirs. Uh oh... zen moment.
    'Cows are very fond of being photographed, and, unlike architecture, don't move.' - Oscar Wilde

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    I am a hobbyist and don't make any money off of photography. I run a CNC lathe at a small machine shop. I have several ways of dealing with the cost of G.A.S. I live with my grandmother for 600usd a month. Living in a house with yard and garage sure beats 800+ and utilities for an apartment. I spend very little on clothes. Wal Mart and Goodwill are where I get most of my clothes. I bought a 3 year old car and paid it off in 3 years. It is a car that has very poor resale value(and very reliable)-Mercury Grand Marquis. And don't plan on getting another car anytime soon-it's only 7 years old now. I tend to buy gear and sell some of it later. But it seems what I want to buy is always more expensive than what I sold to fund it. The "poor man's lenses" are usually what I go after. I got a 50 1.4 for a small fraction of what a 50 1.2 costs. The 105 2.5 I have costs a small fraction of a 105 1.8. Give up 1/2-1 stop and save hundreds. And most of the photo gear I buy is used. I still have tube type TV's. Who cares if they're over 10 years old, they work just fine. I record my LP's to CD so I don't have to buy the CD of what I already have.
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