Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mjones185, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. mjones185 macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2009
    Warner Robins,GA
    Hi all,

    I thought it would be interesting to hear everyone's biggest regret when it comes to photography. I suspect we could help someone that may trail the path we've taken.

    - Regret purchasing with crop sensor camera, or vice versa
    - Regret purchasing a particular lens, accessory or brand name of something
    - Regret not taking a particular class or read a certain book sooner
    - And on and on and on

    Give us your regret, there's no limit. Please give a decent reason and it may be the light bulb moment for someone

    My Regret: Letting myself slip from the hobby in 2003 when I converted to Digital. I have thousands of slides from my film days and when I converted to digital for the longest time I felt like I didn't have something special in a photo because it was on a computer screen verse in my hand or in a binder. Now with top quality organizers like Aperture and Lightroom for some reason I have that feeling back.


  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    Buying a superzoom (SX100) instead of a better camera with less zoom. When I was buying my first point-and-shoot (somewhat of a regret in itself, but nothing I fret about) I could have gotten the half-legendary Powershot A650, but I was too set on the long focal length. After seeing the limitations of a smaller sensor and reading up on the differences I was kicking myself for not getting the A650.
  3. Gold89 macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2008
    Nothing really apart from maybe buying a Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 instead of the 17-50 fixed 2.8.
  4. ComputersaysNo macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2010
    These Flashtriggers:


    They give pretty bad banding/noise issues on the 5D's sensor. I have no idea if they do that on other camera's too.
  5. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Not realizing my love for photography until a year out of college. If I could do it all over again, I'd study photography rather than finance. I can't imagine doing photography for a living, it's like a dream to me. At 25, the possibility is still there, but the odds are against me.
  6. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y

    I regret not taking any art classes in highschool or college.

    I was always into graphic design and photography, but never even considered taking Art classes, instead, I was doing Marketing and Gym classes for my optional classes.

    I feel my photography would be stronger if I had some schooling in classic arts, some art history, theory, etc...
  7. ManhattanPrjct macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008

    I took the basic class at RISD - had I known I would cultivate such an interest later in life, I would have gone much further down the road education-wise.
  8. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Does "I regret not having more money to spend on lenses" count? :D
  9. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    I try to have no regrets - and make the most of the kit I have - except for a dodgy Fuji I bought once (can't remember the model) but the picture quality was so bad - it went back the next day.
  10. stagi macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    Thanks for letting me know, I had someone recommend these to me and for the price I was going to try them out. Sometimes when something looks too good to be true it might be! Will stick to my pocketwizards
  11. AxelMonkey macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2010
    Somewhere between Heaven and Hell, Oregon
    Besides what I edited and bolded I have these same regrets.
  12. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    buying a crop body instead of a FF body i don't consider a regret. IF you buy the body used and decide to upgrade to a used FF body, you just pay the difference between the 2 when selling/buying.

    My regret was not buying an EOS-3 sooner. I bought mine in like 2003-2004. I wish i would have gotten that way sooner.

    I also regret that i would have archived my photos a lot better. I probably have lost 2000 photos over the years, to either thinking the dvd burner worked (my old roomates PC) and burned the pictures before moving, or to burning images onto a DVD before the HDD crashed.
  13. flosseR macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2009
    the cold dark north
    I regret having won the 5d mark 2 and not asking for the D700 instead, it cost me dearly to swap it out later on as I sold all my nikon gear only to buy most of it back when i got the d700 :)

    oh well.. you live and learn....
  14. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    many flash triggers cause banding on the 5D. it's from the 5D's lack of shielding, not really the trigger itself.

    they really aren't "too good to be true." those and the RF-602's are the most inexpensive and reliable triggers you can get.
  15. pdxflint macrumors 68020


    Aug 25, 2006
    Oregon coast
    I have a few more regrets than I can mention here... but I'll just mention three. First, not aggressively pursuing my dreams as a pro photographer early on, but allowing my doubts hold me back. Second is not keeping all of my earlier cameras and lenses--they always seemed to disappear when life took one turn or the other...shed like old skin cells. And third, losing all of my archives from the first 30 years of my life (12 years of very active photography) when all my writing, slides and negatives were lost. It's not a fun memory, and it has had a profound affect on my life by not being able to easily access many of the memories they would have triggered. It's almost like losing your early history... you really regret it later on.

    So, go for it, budding photogs!! Learn everything you can and shed the doubts if you want to make a living doing it. Attitude goes a long way. And don't be so quick to sell your gear every time you turn around, and for heaven's sake, archive and backup your images and writing. :)
  16. mjones185 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2009
    Warner Robins,GA

    Oh yeah, that's a good one to pass on, not archiving photos better. I've lost some important photos myself. IMO I'd rank that are #1 over everything AFTER actually taking the photo it's self.

  17. Pikemann Urge macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2007
    Regret is a luxury none of us can afford! However, we can learn from our mistakes and move forwards. Mine:

    1. Not moving sooner on purchases. Pro-activeness is very important in life.

    2. Selling most of my old screw-mount Leicas. What was I thinking? Oh, that's right, I wasn't.

    Ah, yes. Skimping is tempting but always regretted.

    YMMV of course and everyone has their own path and tastes. But don't get fooled into thinking that a photography course is that important. It's probably the least important thing an aspiring photographer can do. In fact you'd be better off not doing one and doing something universal like business or whatever. Your finance degree can open many doors. Photography can barely open one door. Like pdxflint said, attitude is important - probably the most important aspect.

    And who's stopping you from being a photographer? Nobody!

    You're not wrong. An appreciation for all fine arts always helps no matter which you're doing.

    Ouch. I feel for you. That can not be fun. In fact I'd value the writing more than the images.

    Personally I wouldn't care so much about losing my photos, as I can always take more. But yeah, I still would not be happy.
  18. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    I regret that, after having taken photojournalism classes in high school and college having used a rather nice Nikon N8008s, I ended up selling my gear for cash when I fell on hard times since I was going into IT and didn't think I would have a need for an SLR again.

    It totally took me off photography for years, and only in the past few of years have I been getting serious about it again.

    That was a good camera, too. Film, but I miss it. Though, I'm a Canon guy now..
  19. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
    Saving a master PSD file in its flattened form on accident. And not realizing it until after I backed it up on a separate drive, overwriting the previous folder.

    Not getting a certain portrait one night back in August, 2009.
  20. stagi macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    Mine is actually the opposite :) wish I would have taken a few marketing and business classes.
  21. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    I regret dropping out of photography when I didn't have access to a wet darkroom for many years. Nothing I could do something about, though. Having to live with someone else's print work was not really an option for me as an artist. What I don't regret is deciding to go with a dslr after all that time. I still wrestle with exposure, but I'll get by...:)

    On Frankies's note, I regret setting my trash to not warn me when I empty it. I lost ~3GB of edited tiff files when I dumped a bunch of stuff off the desktop and hit Empty. I now have two backup drives...

  22. romanaz macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2008
    much like my weightlifting, I regret not getting into photography earlier. That is all.
  23. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    Buying the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC over the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS.
  24. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
  25. oblomow macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2005
    You shoot to forget? Some people chose drinking. Your choice is healthier, I guess.

    Regrets? I found an unused Kodak slide roll in the bag of my trusty Pentax ME Super! Why didn't I check it earlier?

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