justfred wrote:Seriously though - to experience something you have to EXPERIENCE it. You can't do so by seeing it through a viewfinder, and you can't do so by looking at a coffee table book. You have to be there, be in it. This is one of the things I've learned at Burning Man.
One aspect of the event that newbies don't seem to understand, is that everyone is a participant. And although you "do your art through photography" - that isn't participating. It isn't enriching the event for others AT THE EVENT. People won't look at you and say, "oh wow, that's awesome, you're taking pictures." There used to be a big sign at center camp that said "No Spectators" and you're asked to do four hours of community service during the event - a request that new people tend to ignore. What do you plan to do to serve the community? Picking up moop doesn't count, you have to do that anyway.
I honestly suggest that instead of planning a photo safari, you try to find people in your local area who are doing a project of some sort - a theme camp, an art car, an interactive art piece. Get to know them. You may find out that you can indeed paint, sing, and play an instrument - and maybe you can weld, use a plasma cutter, do some soldering, go thrift store shopping, cook dinner, share wine, come up with clever whatever for the amazing whatchamawhozit they're building. Heck, they'll probably even let you take pictures of them! They are the real Burning Man. Go deep.
I'm sure the media mecca people are cool and all, but for the most part capitalism is what they're about. You get a media tag so you can sell your shit, and media mecca exists to corral these folx and try to steer them on-message. If you just want to take pictures for friends and family you don't need a media pass. If you really want to take pictures to sell to stock photo agencies, you'd be better off spending your week in Death Valley instead - suggest you go barefoot and don't bring any water.
winebuff wrote:Hi Kodachrome
No, it is mostly at shutterstock. As for you question about 2 cameras, I am a virgin, first time going in 2010 but I would assume that you only need to register in general, doesnt matter on your equipment. I am not going to sell my pics, just shooting for the thrill of the art. Not looking to make money at all. I think of BM as the ULTIMATE photo op but one that is for me to keep and show friends and family. That is what makes it so great, it is not for the money, just pure art to enjoy
lambert13 wrote:A waterproof point and pray could also be a good idea. Something like this
http://www.uncrate.com/men/gear/digital ... lim-ex-g1/
Dust wont get inside. Shockproof. Good image quality.
It wont be as versatile as a DSLR, but for most things it would do just fine. You could even rig a filter over the lens to protect against airborne dust and particles with a little bit of creativity.
In my experience, knowing how to use your camera and working with its limitations and strengths is far more important than having a big fancy camera that does "everything". I would not use something like the camera above for low light/night photography because of point and shoot's poor low light performance. I would use it for daytime bike rides around the playa in case I saw something that caught my eye.
winebuff wrote:WOW db
Your photos are awesome! And you only shoot film? We do need to have a drink. Great job. I absolutely love photography because I cant sing, dance, draw etc etc but photography is something anyone can do and take it to whatever level they want.
Weebdog wrote:Check out the "camera rain covers" sold at "http://thephotobuddy.com/" (scroll down).
These look as a possible alterative to ziplock baggies to protect your camera out on the playa. I like that you can keep the cover on and still take pictures.
teardropper wrote:winebuff wrote:I thought about the waterproof, dustproof camera but am still waffling. I do photography semi-professionally so it is like having a artist who paints going to Italy and just bringing childs watercolors. I think I will bring the good camera but also bring the point and shoot. Then decide where my comfort level is. If it is a nice day, no dust (yeah right) then photograph the art with the big one. People more than likely, with permission from them, shoot with the p and s so as not to look like an ass
It's not exactly like using crayons to use a good Leica lens, 12 megapixel, the same as 28 mm wide angle, HD movie shooting with sound, "point and shoot". Your eye sees the pic, the camera just takes what you see. I also shoot a lot w/DSLR, but "see" just as many pics with the quality P&S. And I have it with me, I won't have to worry about it, and the pics, with just a wee bit of a loss of control, will turn out great. You see high quality SLR's, but not many, and most are pros who clean them after. I hate for you to sacrifice your art, but don't think you'll lose much, but I'd hate for you to lose your camera. I lost the last two days of the burn due to camera failure, and after losing the P&S, I wasn't about to back up with the DSLR. Maybe I'll see you, pre burn at Alturas.
Bling wrote:If you put your camera model and "Waterproof" into eBay, you can find molded plastic bags that were made to take "regular" cameras underwater. If they are waterproof, they are dustproof. They also have them on Amazon, where they have reviews (generally, the bags take a little getting used to to avoid having them interfere, but the overall impression was very good--with no degradation of picture quality), but the products cost more.
I bought my daughter one of these for her Nikon D90, for $20 (free shipping). NOt sure if the image will show up, but if not just click the link... .
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