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Paul Vaartjes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/24/2006
 

Young Photographers


not sure where to put this question either...

I'm Paul and I'm very nearly 14. I'm interested in photography, and have taken quite a few photos, but havent sold any or done anything professional with any of them.

I'm just wondering if there's more 'young' photographers around my age and what you've accomplished/done with your photo's, what camera you use etc. Respond here if you are around this age.

Loking forward to hearing from you.
Paul


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1/30/2006 1:47:17 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Check out this thread.

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=16517


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1/30/2006 6:17:44 AM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Also, http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=19118.


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1/30/2006 7:45:46 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Thanks, Nobi. That's the one I meant to post. Don't know what happened.

Paul, ignore my first post. It's the wrong thread. (Heck, if I was young I would have done it right the first time. LOL)


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1/30/2006 7:48:49 AM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Hi Paul!
I think the thread that Nobi told you about is too long already...I have a problem each time I try to post to it.
But anyway, welcome to BP!!!

I am 18...and yes, there are PLENTY of other teens out here! I will direct them to this thread and hopefully most will also respond! ; )
I use one of the more advanced point-and shoots, a Canon PowerShot S1 IS, but I plan to get a DSLR soon.

You have some very pretty pictures in your gallery...I can't wait to see more!

~K


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1/30/2006 10:44:19 AM

 

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  Hey what's up Paul? I'm 16 and currently shoot with a Digital Fuji S3000, need to upgrade here soon. Looking into, as Katrina said, a digital SLR.(I'm lookin at the Digital Rebel XT from Canon)
Well anyways, there are plenty of teen photogs out here, just ask around and make some contacts, welcome to the BP teen family! lol. I gotta go, geometry calls(*growl*) Aloha and I'll talk to ya later!

~Dave
Oahu, Hawai'i

P.S. The main thing I've found a problem on betterphoto is keeping in touch with everyone! So ya might consider setting up a folder in your mailbox for Betterphoto.(that's what I've done and it seems to work pretty well.)


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1/30/2006 12:26:08 PM

 

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  O, I'm sorry, forgot something. As for what I've done with my photograpy thus far. I'm working on deals for inventory photography for currently 4, possibly soon-to-be 5 web-based stores. I am also published in Visions of Memories(2001-2002 I think?) and the newest book(they're working on the title) by the International Library of Photography. More recently I made it into the semi-finals(for a cash prize) in a contest from picture.com(same company). Phew.
I looked at your gallery as well, you have some bery nice shots there, I love the one of the mirrored sky! Keep up the great work. ALOHA

~Dave


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1/30/2006 12:32:16 PM

 
Paul Vaartjes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/24/2006
  Thanks for all replying. I had a look at that thread - there is a lot ofyounger photographers, isnt there!


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1/30/2006 1:20:50 PM

 

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  The more the merrier, lol. Need anything or wanna chat shoot me an email and I'll get back to ya,

'loha,
~Dave


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1/30/2006 1:23:37 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  Hey Paul! I'm almost 15(one more month!) I really haven't done much with my photos yet, but soon I plan on entering them in more(reall) contests. I've been photographing for about 5-6years, but just in the last year have been getting really serious with it. My camera is the Sony F828 which is a like-DSLR. I really wish that I had gotten the Canon DRebel though, as they were about the same price when I got mine. So see ya around! David, isn't geometry just evil!


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1/30/2006 4:42:40 PM

 

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  Ahhh please don't get me started on geometry, I thought Algebra was bad when I was doing it, now it doesn't seem so bad! lol How long have ya had your F828 Brendan? Oh well, talk atcha later =]


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1/30/2006 5:34:53 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  I also thought that algebra was bad! Now it seems a whole lot easier! I got my F828 not last Christmas but the one before, so for just a little over a year. It's a really nice camera, I just wish I had gotten a DSLR for the bigger sensor and not being limited by a fixed lens.


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1/30/2006 7:50:23 PM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  Hey all!
Paul, welcome to PB! It is an amazing place to learn all you can a about photography! Talk to the more experienced people, and you can just soak up all they can offer! Mr. Kerry Walker, for example. I think he is the person who most hekped get me started. (Thanks, Kerry!)
Well, I am - as of yesturday - officially 15. Yee-haw! Anyways. I have I have been doing photography for about two years, I think (see Kerry, we all forget stuff; you just forget more! LOL), and have loved every minute. I was serious about it until last June, probably, then I hit the ground running. I have done two weddings - one on my own, one with a friend - and am now working on a yearbook. The weddings were so much fun, and I got sooo many good photos for my portfolio. Great experience. However I might like weddings, my passion is in nature photography.
As too Alegebra... I love it! I am good at math, and really enjoy alegebra. I can't wait to do Alegebra 2 over the summer. I'm nuts, I know.
Well, I will ttyl!

By His Grace and For his Glory,

Elizabeth C.
PS I am looking foward to checkingo out your gallery, Paul. I would now, but I have to leave.
PPS very nice to meet you, Paul!


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1/31/2006 6:18:50 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Happy Birthday, girl! I had a birthday last week and it took three pump trucks 30 minutes to put out the candles!


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1/31/2006 6:36:14 AM

 
  Hey Elizabeth,
been awhile since we've chatted too, lol. Guess I haven't been on all that muc of the late, oh well *sigh* That's good that you can enjoy the Algebra, I guaruntee it'll make everything else that's coming seem easier too =] Anyways, happy 15th!

Brendan,
Yea the fixed lens is what's limited me big time, I like doing alot of close-ups, high detail macros, and perspective shots, but the fixed lens doesn;t quite give me the proportions I want =( I've been using the same digital 3.1 MP camera since early 2001, lol time for a new one for me. I'm going later today to a friends house(professional photographer, "David Tucker") and might be buying one of his less-often-used digital SLR's, I'm crossing my fingers!

Hey Kerry,
Sounds like you had an interesting week then, eh? lol =P

Take it easy and ttyl all, aloha!
~Dave


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1/31/2006 10:58:22 AM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Happy birthday, Elizabeth! Hope you had a great day!
~K


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2/1/2006 11:00:05 AM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  Thanks, all for the happy birthdays! Kerry, I didn't know you were THAT old! Just kidding.

David, it has been awhile. I havent' been on in ages, and feeling very bad about it indeed. Great to chatt again.

By His Grace and For His Glory,
Elizabeth C.


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2/2/2006 7:25:37 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Heck, I remember Moses when he was in short pants!

Seriously, I am not as old as I proclaim to be but I won't tell my real age because it would ruin a lot of my jokes. However, I will say that I am probably a little closer to your grandmother's age than your mom's, unless you are the baby of the family. My kids are 10 and 20 but I got a really late start.


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2/2/2006 8:40:36 AM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  Well, that gives me a very good idea as to your age, Kerry. Oh well. Who cares how old you are! We still lov ya!

By His Grace and For His Glory,
Elizabeth C.

PS I am the second in our family


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2/2/2006 2:35:04 PM

 

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  That's true, age don't matta'! You're one of us whether ya like it or not :P lol, talk to you all later,

~Dave


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2/2/2006 4:15:30 PM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Hey guys,

I am photographing an elementary school dance tonight with my dad and uncle. I'll let you all know it goes tomorrow. Hopefully it weill go good. I can't think of much that could go wrong unless some kid spills punch on the white jeans my sister loaned me!!! LOL! I would REALLY be in trouble then!

ttyl!
~K


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2/3/2006 3:34:15 AM

 
Paul Vaartjes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/24/2006
  Good Luck!!


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2/3/2006 3:52:32 AM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Thanks, Paul!
~K


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2/3/2006 11:12:17 AM

 

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  Hope everything turns out well K! talk to ya later,

Aloha,
~Dave


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2/3/2006 1:08:15 PM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  Good luck, K! Hope it goes well!

Ther eis a Valentines Banquet at a friend's church, and they asked me to do couples potraits. There are also seven engaged couples that might be looking for a photographer that will be there. Maybe, I'll get to do another wedding! That would be fun.

Well, I got to go, talk to you all later!

By His Grace and For His Glory,
Elizabeth C.


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2/3/2006 2:04:07 PM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Thanks so much, guys! My event turned out great. I didn't do so much of the actual photography, but more filled out order forms and wrote reciepts and such. Sure got muddled when several people kept changing their orders...whew!

Hope your Valentines Banquet goes well, Elizabeth! Wouldn't it be great if you picked up a few more wedding to do!!!

Have a great weekend!
~K


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2/3/2006 7:27:55 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
gregorylagrange.org
  Somebody provide Namesnik a link to stuff about I.S.P


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2/3/2006 9:08:41 PM

 
C S. S   Hi fellow young photographers! I just joined bp about two months ago and the whole time I was wondering if I was the only young one here until I found this thread. And boy was I in for a surprise that there are so many. I'm 17 btw. I shoot with a Canon Rebel XT. I have't done anything with my photos yet like sell them. I see you all haven't responded for quite a while so I don't know if anyone will respond now but it's worth a try.
So long for now!
All of your galleries are amazing!


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12/12/2006 8:04:15 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
gregorylagrange.org
  Didn't realize I made those words that big. Oh well, maybe he got the message.


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12/13/2006 12:40:38 AM

 
C S. S   What does it say, a link about what? Where is everybody else?


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12/13/2006 12:49:13 PM

 
anonymous A.    I used to be a young photographer...in 1954 when I got my first box Brownie! I think Adrienne Maldini does some great stuff (she's probably 15 now)
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=136494

and another mate of mine on BP is 13 year old Paul Vaartjes from Down Under, like me (maybe he's 14 by now) at http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/free/bio.asp?memberID=152948
Check 'em out.


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12/14/2006 5:01:54 AM

 
C S. S   Thanks, David. I'll check them out.


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12/14/2006 2:59:26 PM

 
C S. S   Thanks, David. I'll check them out.


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12/14/2006 2:59:35 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
gregorylagrange.org
  You ask what does it say with those big ol' letters?
The guy named Namesnik(if that's real) was listing his accomplishments with getting published. I was saying that filling him in on Internation Society of Photographers, as well as picture dot com, would do him a favor. He might not want to hear it, but better for him if he does.
This thread was started a while ago, so mute point now.
Use the search up there for picture.com or ISP to get other threads about it. No need to read the one that's about 350 replies, the shorter ones can fill you in.


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12/14/2006 4:49:42 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Moot point, unless you mean it is silent.


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12/15/2006 6:06:12 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
gregorylagrange.org
  Considering how long ago that was, might as well be.

Dog named Dook?


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12/15/2006 10:33:50 AM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  Well... It has been awhile. Now, I am nearing my 16th birthday. I ahd no idea it had been that long.

Well, I would love to keep this forum alive... I love hearing about other youth photographers and how their pursuit of excellence is going.

Keep it alive, youth!

Elizabeth C.


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12/19/2006 10:54:12 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Congratulations on nearing Sweet 16. Just a few days before your birthday, I will be celebrating my 29th birthday ...........again!


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12/19/2006 11:38:48 AM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  Congrats Elizabeth! In about two months, I too will be 16! I can't wait!


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12/19/2006 3:42:57 PM

 
C S. S   Welcome back all you people. How is your photography going?


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12/19/2006 9:23:16 PM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
 
 
  Faith Under Trial
Faith Under Trial
aperture - 2.2; lens - Canon 50mm PRIME; location - CYT Building, Angier, NC; time of day - around 5pm

This was taken after Christian Youth Theater's last performance of "A Wonderful Life." THe house behind the theater caught on fire.
© Elizabeth Coachman
Canon EOS Digital ...

 
 
Thanks... I can't believe it is almost 2007. THat baffles me! This year FLEW by.

Congrats, Brandon. We must be closer in age than I realized. Do you plan on doing anything special?

My photography is going ok... haven't been doing much lately due to school; this year is a heavy load. However, I have four people interested in seniors; three for summer '07, the other for next year - '08. That is very exciting. I am going to ask two if my friends to be on and off models so I can get some portrait practice. Also, teh Professional Photographers of NC annual convention is coming up in March and Tony Sweet is going to be there. I cannot wait! I so admire his work, and can't wait to ttake his class. Macro is still my favorite. I am liking people more and more, though.

Anyways. I am very excited about this next year; a lot of things happening. Thanks for posting, peeps.


Psalm 19:7-9 truth proclaimed; promises made.

Elizabeth C.


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12/27/2006 3:44:28 PM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  Sorry, forgot something. I think we should all post an image we have taken recently that tells a story. I chose the image above. Can't wait to see them!

Elizabeth C.


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12/27/2006 3:55:03 PM

 
C S. S   what exactly do you mean by a story?


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12/27/2006 5:36:03 PM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  I just mean images that either convey emotion, or, quite literally, tell a story. My image tells of what the subject did when crisis was at had; you see that in her bowed head and the fire.

By His Grace and For His Glory,
Elizabeth C.


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12/28/2006 11:00:07 AM

 
C S. S   ok i'll try and look for one of my pictures that are like that. it's a very good idea.


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12/28/2006 5:34:07 PM

 
C S. S   does it have to be one that's not in my gallery already?


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12/28/2006 5:35:13 PM

 
Jason R. Fortenbacher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/11/2006
  I think I'm a little out of the age-range the original poster was intending, so perhaps what I have to say can be useful. :)

I like to start things early. I began flying airplanes a month afer I turned thirteen and by the time I graduated high-school I had about 10 times as many hours spent flying an airplane than driving a car. In that time I also hit the ground running with my photography simply as a summer-time interest due to airshows.

I was presented with a unique situation and raised enough money to buy my own DSLR and equipment and made the final decision to try and turn a profit. I haven't really made a whole lot of money (heck, it's been 6 months!!) but enough to give me hope for the future. Thanks to the wonderful invention of digital photography I've been able to truly refine my skills in the area of aviation photography.

In the last two months alone I was able to be the exclusive photographer for the flight school/airport I work for currently which means my pictures are plastered all over the offices, and even on the aircraft themselves as part of the schools logo! Also, they have ordered a 16 x 8 foot billboard to be placed out by a nearby hiway, which I designed, with four of my photographs on it.

And I just turned 23 in September.


My only words of wisdom are to simply enjoy your gift of photography, whether it remains a hobby, or it is something that will be able to help you financially.

Love what you shoot and love why you shoot.


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12/28/2006 10:13:31 PM

 
Jason R. Fortenbacher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/11/2006
  This photo is the closest I can get to the true wonder and majesty of flight. An old WWII trainer, open cockpit biplane, late evening sun. Good weather. Pure magic. I am forever on a quest to find the definitive photograph that conveys the pure joy and wonder of flight.


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12/28/2006 10:26:15 PM

 
Jason R. Fortenbacher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/11/2006
 
 
  Stearman Biplane
Stearman Biplane
F/6.3, 1/400, Sigma 50-500mm
© Jason R. Fortenbacher
Canon EOS Digital ...
 
 
Helps to upload the picture I guess.


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12/28/2006 10:28:38 PM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  No, the image can be in your gallery; I just hadn't uploaded this one yet.

Wow, Jason. That is pretty impressive. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story... it's stories like yours that inspire me the most. You have some very neat shots in your gallery. I especially like "Beautiful Colors!"

Happy shooting!

By His Grace and For His Glory,
Elizabeth C.


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12/30/2006 8:52:24 AM

 
Tristan A. Burgess   Welcome Paul. I'm a young photographer here too. Just turned 13 a couple months ago. I'm sure young photographers are all over the site.
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Tristan.


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1/2/2007 2:21:10 PM

 
Tristan A. Burgess   btw, I use a Canon Powershot 6.1 MP A540. It works great. I love that Canon puts ful manual controls and tons of features on even their mid-range cameras.


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1/2/2007 2:25:26 PM

 
Jared L. Loftus
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/11/2007
  Hey, i've replied on other similar threads but figured i'd try this one too because it's the newest. anyway my names Jared and I shoot with a Nikon D80
Hopefully this thread will continue.

Jared


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8/7/2007 9:46:37 PM

 
Jason R. Fortenbacher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/11/2006
  Thank you Elizabeth, I'm glad you like my pictures. I finally got done processing the 7,700 pictures I shot at that same airshow and will upload a few of those to update my gallery. Boy was that a blast, 4 solid days of hi-flying action! :) One person already purchased 15 prints! Yippee!


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8/22/2007 11:05:43 PM

 
Jesse C. Plummer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/2/2007
  I remember the days when I liked my birthdays. Now they are just another day on the calender. Maybe when I am in my 80's I will like them again. At least the fact that I am still having them.


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8/29/2007 8:49:37 AM

 
Matt Gerhart
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2005
  YO paul, my name is matt. im 15, I shoot with a fujifilm camera. I been trying to save for a nikon d80 but still need a couple hundred dollars so that sucks.

I've entered like 10 contests and got first or second most of the time. Once I get my new camera im going to be photographing some weddings.

but mostly im into nature or outdoor photography more than protraits. I love the outdoors and traveling so thats probaly why. I wasnt aware so many teens either had a betterphoto account.

I think it would be great if the creator of the site could create a teen forum or somthing so that teens and younger members can talk about our experiences and and ideas and wat not.


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10/19/2007 7:38:38 PM

 
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